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  • J.P.M.
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    Originally posted by Sunking View Post

    Something else. As you may know I moved back to the USA to help my Son with the family biz. We received a huge contract to build out a large P25 Radio System involving 361 tower sites across 12 states with a large electric utility. The boy bit off more than he could chew and needed dad to bail his arse out. Tripled the size of the company. Been at it for about 1-1/2 years and got another 2 years to complete. Dang I hate USA weather and four seasons. I loved having year round spring.



    Thank you but do not expect me to be regular. Just a slow time waiting for contractors to catch up. Utilities are a lot like the goberment, slow and tied up with red tape. Sorry to hear the forum has been boring, pick up the slack sir and fill my shoes. . Semper Fi
    R.U.A.
    A.M.F.
    J.P.M.

    Add: Holler up next time you're in port.
    Last edited by J.P.M.; 09-15-2020, 02:53 PM.

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  • Sunking
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    Originally posted by J.P.M. View Post
    Where you been ? Deep recon or something ?
    Something else. As you may know I moved back to the USA to help my Son with the family biz. We received a huge contract to build out a large P25 Radio System involving 361 tower sites across 12 states with a large electric utility. The boy bit off more than he could chew and needed dad to bail his arse out. Tripled the size of the company. Been at it for about 1-1/2 years and got another 2 years to complete. Dang I hate USA weather and four seasons. I loved having year round spring.

    Originally posted by J.P.M. View Post
    Welcome back. The place hasn't been the same without you.
    Thank you but do not expect me to be regular. Just a slow time waiting for contractors to catch up. Utilities are a lot like the goberment, slow and tied up with red tape. Sorry to hear the forum has been boring, pick up the slack sir and fill my shoes. . Semper Fi

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  • J.P.M.
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    Originally posted by Sunking View Post
    It is stupid simple, so simple many cannot figure it out. Must be all that smoke in calaphoney from dope. An RV alternator can generate more energy to recharge batteries in 1 hour than solar panels can generate over 2 or 3 days. They use 12 volts because they are smart enough to know solar does not work and has to have a generator to survive. It is that simple.

    Otherwise you end up like calaphoney's, failed energy policy, paying way to much, and suffering blackouts. They deserve it, and got what they asked for.
    Where you been ? Deep recon or something ?

    Welcome back. The place hasn't been the same without you.

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  • Sunking
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    It is stupid simple, so simple many cannot figure it out. Must be all that smoke in calaphoney from dope. An RV alternator can generate more energy to recharge batteries in 1 hour than solar panels can generate over 2 or 3 days. They use 12 volts because they are smart enough to know solar does not work and has to have a generator to survive. It is that simple.

    Otherwise you end up like calaphoney's, failed energy policy, paying way to much, and suffering blackouts. They deserve it, and got what they asked for.

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  • Ampster
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    Originally posted by PNW_Steve View Post
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    I went with 24v in my RV and have had good success finding reasonably priced 24 volt devices. Water pump, lights, USB chargers. I am going to have to run a small 24v to 12v converter for a couple of items like the roof vents.
    It sure cuts down on the wire size as the Amps go up.

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  • PNW_Steve
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    I am seeing more 24 volt systems compared to a few years ago. Unfortunately, I still see RV's with three or more 12 volt batteries in parallel on a 12 volt system.

    I went with 24v in my RV and have had good success finding reasonably priced 24 volt devices. Water pump, lights, USB chargers. I am going to have to run a small 24v to 12v converter for a couple of items like the roof vents.

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  • Weldman
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    If you decide to cross the line into 24V in a RV such as the one I am building out and living in that is "rare" you have to play in both worlds of marine and RV for sourcing parts though some things can't be had and you have to step down to 12V.

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  • Ampster
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    Originally posted by Wrybread View Post
    Is there some reason the forum title specifies 12 volt solar for RV? ........
    Or is there another forum for modern RV solar systems?
    Google "RV solar forum" and you will find there are others with different naming conventions. Some actually have active participation but most of the posters are DIY.

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  • ewarnerusa
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    I too consider an RV or camper to be a 12V system. That is the default configuration for nearly any modern camper in the "normal" price range. The tow vehicle is also nearly always going to be a 12V system and a trailer with road lighting/braking system needs to integrate with that. I'm sure that some very high end coaches are dabbling in lithium batteries which may have different voltages, or 24V or 48V systems with inverters. But that is a niche. I see a lot of off-grid cabin or other types of stationary applications on here that I like to read through but don't usually offer comment on since I'm just a spectator. But RVs and campers are my gig, I love reading those threads and chiming in when I think I have something useful to say.

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  • GeorgeF
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    Many are using 12v appliances such as leds, tv and fans and install for for example their cabbins a 12v sistem without using inverters, even for a small 12vdc fridge.

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  • chrisski
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    I am putting 6 One hundred watt panels on the roof with 3S2P so that 36 VDC is fed to the MPPT charge controller to power a 1000 watt inverter at 12 VDC. If this works, I’d like to double the panels to feed a 24 VDC Inverter for 2000 watts of power, but every DC appliance in my RV except the inverter uses 12 VDC, so I’d still consider my RV 12 VDC because of the accessories.

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  • Wrybread
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    Aha, that makes more sense. I'm not sure if it's a safe assumption that RVs are 12 volt, especially as we enter the era of the lithium battery, but it is of course the majority at the moment.

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  • sdold
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    The name refers to the voltage the system provides (12V nominal), not to the panels themselves.

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  • Wrybread
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    Alas I think 90% of RV's don't have solar at all. But yeah of the 10% that do, probably 90% of them have old style 12 volt systems, usually under 200 watts. But again that doesn't mean they should. I can't imagine relying on 12 volt panels (even wired in series) in the modern solar era of inexpensive high quality high voltage panels and high quality cheap MPPT charge controllers. And I certainly can't think of a reason to encourage using 12v panels in RVs when a much more efficient alternative exists.
    Last edited by Wrybread; 08-09-2020, 09:52 PM.

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  • Mike90250
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    I'll bet 90% of campers & RV's have 12V systems . The high end rigs may have 24v setups, but they are generally rare, don't you agree ?

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