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Discuss Solar panels on a canal boat at UK Plumbers Forums; our motor home has 180 wats of solar and 225 amps of battery we have yet to run out of power since we put it in and weve done 5 ...
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    our motor home has 180 wats of solar and 225 amps of battery we have yet to run out of power since we put it in and weve done 5 days in winter it powers all out lighting pump for water charges phones and laptops/pads and pumps all our water
    heat,refridgeration and water heating is done by gas

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    She has been told by other boat owners that the ones that tilt up / down are worth the extra money, can`t see it myself as would of thought panels on a flat roof would suffice. The boat does move around from time to time roughly every couple of weeks.
    i think once weve bought something we all feel its better than the others unless theres back to back testing for comparison how do the know?
    angled is obviously better for a fixed location or they wouldnt angle the fields at solar farms but on a boat or a van you would have to be shifting them everytime you stopped and during your travels there would be losses and gains as the vehicle turned in relation to the sun
    angling them to get max power whilst moored would fully charge the batteries at a time when you wasnt using them panels are so cheap now well under a pound a watt and given the roof space available on most canal boats i would think an extra panel will produce more per pound spent
    the other thing is its ok getting the energy, its storing it that does get expensive i know fulltime motorhomers with a thousand pounds worth of batteries in large american rvs and they can run toasters microwaves hairdyrers via huge 600 pounds inverters
    like most things its a case of balancing cost against performance and your needs

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    Sorry guys been away over Christmas. Over on the electricians forum SolarFred is your guy, this is his specialist area - he lives and breaths it

    He can help with all aspects, design, supply. install or just one bit of it

    Call Freddy (aka Steve) at Hollybrook Power Supplies 01843 834570 Canal boat / Narrowboat Solar Kits -
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    Thanks Worcester, knew somebody would come through with help for her.

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    Better than a man, who couldn't start his lawn mower and thinking it low on oil poured oil down the carburettor.
    Or somebody I know who mistook filler caps on a small railway loco and poured 10 gallons of diesel into the gearbox! Cleaned it up nice tho'.

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    Or somebody I know who mistook filler caps on a small railway loco and poured 10 gallons of diesel into the gearbox! Cleaned it up nice tho'.
    Man that`s one big gearbox!!! lol

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