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Old 05-24-2019, 03:48 AM   #11
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If you have time you could swing through Hood River, OR and we can set you up with a mounting system for your panel. 1512 Osprey Drive, Hood River, OR, 97031. No sales tax here.

Here is the layout we would suggest:
https://www.impact3d.com/144_front_v...ars_2lbars.pdf

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That was my thought, although ups may be the thing, ya never know though, although another change direction may be in the cards, I'll pick it up tomorrow I hope.
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:13 PM   #12
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I'd say I'm definitely not happy today, I was informed m-f 9-5, after driving out of my way to get here I find out they aren't in today. It would have been nice to know.
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:34 PM   #13
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I'd say I'm definitely not happy today, I was informed m-f 9-5, after driving out of my way to get here I find out they aren't in today. It would have been nice to know.
Welcome to the start of a long holiday weekend.

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I may go that way, and a single panel.

I was looking at this charge controller

https://www.amazon.com/Victron-Smart...02194930&psc=1
see what Blue Sky has. Maybe the 3000i.
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Thanks, sounds like I may need a bit more to be safe


What is the difference between the blue solar charger and the smart solar charger?
I think smart can be read vis Bluetooth on your phone app (integrated Bluetooth), whereas blue requires a dongle device that's extra. The dongle just does the Bluetooth.
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I changed my route and things worked out well, after explaining my debacle Hein was able to direct me to a local supplier in Portland who not only had what I needed in stock, he also had the knowledge and background to know what specific panel would work best on a van, he sold me down a size to avoid the need for extra support, the price of shipping these solar panels can exceed the cost of the part its self, if you are buying mounts from Hein he can connect you with Jason for a complete system, he has done significant hands on testing of all components so you can avoid the headache of trying to make a choice from inconclusive reviews from folks who may not have true knowledge of the subject. I believe Jason can also take care of your install if you need that service.

A couple of the advantages were high efficiency, commercial panel with a 25 year warranty, extra rigidity eliminating the need for side bars, and partial shade function, if some of the cells are covered or get damaged they are wired in a way it doesn't affect other cells.

Hopefully I can install this in a few days and see how it all fits together.

If you are local to the PNW pick up in person could save quite the was of cash, I was seeing online quotes around $300 to ship a single panel.

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