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Old 12-30-2017, 02:11 AM   #1
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Ok Y'all,

The big question. We have a Dutchmen Kodiak 279RBSL. Looking at solar kits. I find Renogy to be affordable @ $534.99 for the Renogy 200 Watt 12 Volt Solar Starter Kit w/ MPPT Charge Controller. What do y'all think, go Renogy or someone else?

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I was also.thinking of pairing it with a xantrex 2000 watt inverter.

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Next question. I know the TriMetric Battery Digital Monitor is supposed to be the best. What would y'alls second or third choice be?

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Ok Y'all,

The big question. We have a Dutchmen Kodiak 279RBSL. Looking at solar kits. I find Renogy to be affordable @ $534.99 for the Renogy 200 Watt 12 Volt Solar Starter Kit w/ MPPT Charge Controller. What do y'all think, go Renogy or someone else?

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Kits are nice but all solar components can be purchased individually and usually cheaper. You have to do the research though to ensure you size the system properly.
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I was also.thinking of pairing it with a xantrex 2000 watt inverter.

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An inverter that size is nice as long as you have the battery capacity to justify it.
The two hundred watt kit you asked about doesen't justify the 2000 watt inverter.
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I put a 100 watt flexible solar panel on my RV with a 20.00 IP-66 controller just to maintain battery and it works just fine.
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An inverter that size is nice as long as you have the battery capacity to justify it.
The two hundred watt kit you asked about doesen't justify the 2000 watt inverter.
I have plans to expand to 400 watt in a year or two. And possibly double the battery bank to.4 GC2s.

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I have plans to expand to 400 watt in a year or two. And possibly double the battery bank to.4 GC2s.

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That will be better. You'll want your batteries all with the same birthday. Adding new to old doesn't work real well.
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Renogy is decent stuff and their kits are too pricey. You may be able to beat the prices by purchasing components, or maybe not. I have a 100 watt portable kit from them and the quality if great. For battery monitor I like the Victron with the BlueTooth capability... I am lazy and it makes it easy to check the battery status without having to get out of my chair.

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Renogy is decent stuff and their kits are too pricey. You may be able to beat the prices by purchasing components, or maybe not. I have a 100 watt portable kit from them and the quality if great. For battery monitor I like the Victron with the BlueTooth capability... I am lazy and it makes it easy to check the battery status without having to get out of my chair.

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Thanks. Will look into the Victron

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