Choice of solar panels for a van transformed into a motorhome

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Choice of solar panels for a van transformed into a motorhome




by barocriffen » 07/04/22, 08:29

Hello everyone,

I live in France and am currently in the process of fitting out a van. I'm looking for solar panels, for a power of 200 to 300 Watts, which I will secure on the gallery of the truck. The supply of solar panels is endless, on merchant sites such as amazon or cdiscount, the specs are almost non-existent. I'm looking for advice to find the best quality / price ratio. Thanks for any leads or information.

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by Christophe » 07/04/22, 10:56

Takes 1, 2 or 3 monocrystalline of 300Wp, they are more efficient than poly. Putting several will guarantee you a "reasonable" production even in case of bad weather...

I bought 5 monocrystalline panels here a few months ago: https://www.alma-solarshop.fr/

For example you can take 2 like this: https://www.alma-solarshop.fr/panneau-i ... -mono.html

This is the best value for money site that I have found on the French-speaking web. (but prices have since increased...like everywhere...but it's still very good!)

And you will see that you have detailed specifications for each panel, for example the one I quoted:

Voltage (Voc): 41.4V
Current (Ioc): 11.41A
Mass: 19kg
Height x Length x Depth: 1765 x 1048 x 35mm
Max yield : 20.55%
Power: 385W
Cells: Monocrystalline
Tolerance: 0/5W
Frame color: Black
Background color: White
Panel brand: I'M.SOLAR
Yield: 19-21%
Product warranty: 30 years
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Re: Choosing solar panels for a van transformed into a motorhome




by barocriffen » 08/04/22, 00:04

Thank you for your answer and your advice, it is exactly what I was looking for.
On the other hand, you are thinking of 3 x 370 Watts for a fitted van, that seems huge to me, doesn't it?
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by Christophe » 08/04/22, 07:00

If you have the space and the budget… put in 3… to be quiet… but 2 should be enough.

Don't forget that a motorhome solar panel is never well oriented...because it's flat all the time...unless you have a tilting system...I've never seen one...

The inclination counts more than the orientation as long as you are not in the North...
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by Macro » 08/04/22, 07:52

This is essentially what we mounted on my friend's dicato with 180 ah of regulator batteries and Victron converter.. It is 99% autonomous but it is rather sober... And when the van is parked at him... He uses the fridge of the truck for his house and pulls extension cords to vacuum tinker...
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by Christophe » 09/04/22, 13:22

Sober, sober...it's easy to say!

What's in his spare fridge first?

Generally it's not whey that we put in the emergency fridges (so that marmita lets go of the bunch)! : Mrgreen: : Mrgreen: : Mrgreen:
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by phil59 » 09/04/22, 15:29

Christophe wrote:Sober, sober...it's easy to say!

What's in his spare fridge first?

Generally it's not whey that we put in the emergency fridges (so that marmita lets go of the bunch)! : Mrgreen: : Mrgreen: : Mrgreen:


Some beer ? I don't see anything else possible. : Arrow: : Arrow:
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by Christophe » 09/04/22, 19:31

There !! I see we have another backup fridge specialist!! : Lol: : Lol: : Lol:
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