This website is the hobby-project of a USMC veteran/mechanic, @Tyler. I created Tacoma3G.com to share my knowledge of this subject with others and to provide like-minded folks with a comfortable space to ask questions and create 'build threads' within our Tacoma Forums.
I, too, need to be schooled on solar panels. I’ll be installing two on the top of my Four Wheel Camper when I get it but I haven’t really done my research yet. Hopefully it doesn’t end up being too complicated to get a good system going.Bringing this thread back to life...hopefully
I'm curious about what people are running panel wise too. I've just started to research them and really like the form factor of the tri-folds. If you have any info to share, please do
Agm deep will do this fineI, too, need to be schooled on solar panels. I’ll be installing two on the top of my Four Wheel Camper when I get it but I haven’t really done my research yet. Hopefully it doesn’t end up being too complicated to get a good system going.
I believe a lithium battery setup is better, correct?
Thank you. I bookmarked this post for when I need it later on.Agm deep will do this fine
And here is a nice write up of what you will need
Adding 2 more panels if you have the the room would definitely help and I would also consider another battery or 2. Hiw big is you charge controllerThis is the thread that got me to sign up on this site! I have a victory roof rack with a 100 watt 12 volt panel and cb ant. on it. The two arb fridge freezers in the bed and a 110 AH deep cycle with morning star charge control. One arb is set at 36f the other is set at 6f. it will last on a full charge about 15 hours, then the arbs will shut off. Four days later I have a green light on my controller. Living 60 miles from the Canada line in the sand does not give me a lot of charge time a day. When my roof nest falcon gets to my house I am thinking two more 100 watt panels on the top of it will keep up. 300 watts divided by 12 volts gives me 25 amps and the arbs run 7.3 amps each(when running). Yes I am an electrician. If any one has idea on this please chime in.
Do you already have a second battery mounted somewhere in the engine bay? You can do that to save room in the bed.I forgot to say that the arb plug ins are on relays so when the truck is running the truck battery feeds them and when the truck is off the solar takes over. My thinking is all day the solar can charge without a load to take from the battery. All that I am asking from the solar system is to run for the night. I am running out of real estate in a dcsb for more battery. Perhaps a lithium ion battery could take a charge faster?
Post up some info if you do get it. I actually have good luck with everything I buy from Harbor Freight.
Ill be permanently mounting a Renogy Eclipse 100W panel to my victory rack system. This will power through a Redarc DC-DC system which will charge the stock battery I currently have setup. Long-term plan is to put in x2 Group 31 batteries which will support the vehicles electrical draws.
I run solar on my trailer setup which really isnt going to be that much different than a vehicle setup. Let me know if you have any questions!
What is your charge controller charging at currently, seems like your option is you original just plunk some more panels onMy air compressor is where the second battery would go. The idea is to be able to remove most all of the camping gear (RTT solar fridge freezer propane tank) and be able to plant it on my hj60 cruiser or the '81 hilux 4 door. 24 volt land cruisers (JDM) have no problem with the load overnight and I have no solar on the truck (as of now). It come down to faster charge time in daylight. I do not think the truck needs more battery or alt., just the pile of crap system my dumb ass has put together.