|(c)2011Horst Kelly Photographer..Million Dollar Hwy|
So I put the Controller under the side dinette, by the partition, used 8 gauge to run to the battery(about 4 ft). Instead of screwing the controller into the wheel well I used velcro.....since it would be a pain in the a-- to monitor from underneath the side dinette, I got a remote and screwed it into the partition....you not only can monitor it with the remote, but also do adjustments and setting changes...I got 40 feet of 10 gauge and ran that from the panels to the controller...you don't need heavy gauge for that run, in fact they say 14 gauge wire is more than enough...I connected wire with MC4 and MC4 Y connectors.....even got inline fuses that snap directly to the MC4 connectors...its pretty slick, sure makes easy work of it...and God knows I need it to be easy! There are folks that have had trouble with the connectors being hard to clip and unclip....so far I have had not had the problem...I suppose it could be due to different manufactures. I ran the wires from the solar panels(suitcase type)through the small door where the shore power cable is stored...I may look at somehow cleaning that up a bit...with both sets in there, its is a little unruly in the storage area. But overall quite happy and the MPPT is doing so much better than the PWM controller.....
|(c)2015 Horst Kelly Photographer...Ilano, Tx. Bluebonnets|
Its been a few days since I began this post.....I washed, and cleaned and organized the Albino Armadillo today...prepping for my trip....since I'm not going to Bryce or Tetons this spring due to FIL's status, I thought maybe a short trip north to see if I can get some Bluebonnets and such before they go past their prime...I'm leaving Tuesday morning and plan to spend a week plus just roaming around the Hill Country and the Bastrop/Brenham area East of l-35.....I am ready for a adventure.....The weather is suppose to be just about perfect, I think we're all done with Spring Break.....its putting a smile on this old mans face and soul.
|(c)2015Horst Kelly photographer...Ilano Tx. Bluebonnets|
So there you have it.....I'm off and running.....with a Looong overdue trip...it may be short, but it will recharge my "Nomad" spirit until I can venture West....hopefully I will be able to do a daily recap when on this trip...until next time....Horst sends
|(c)2014 Horst Kelly Photographer...Tetons|