newbie solar truck camper setup
Hello solar people, I am new here and so I will start this like so many others have in the past by apologising for my total lack of knowledge about solar, motors, solenoids, watts, volts, amps, awgs, etc etc etc….including my old truck and camper.
I own a 95 ford f250 with a 94 lance camper. It is stored in southern Baja where we boondock 99% of the time. Our electrical needs are small. We need power to charge cameras, laptops, iPads, led lights, water pump, fridge thermostat, control panel, fantastic fan, car stereo, and jacks when arriving and leaving. Needless to say, it is hot and sunny 90% of the time and we need solar (i am sick of listening to the generator which we plan on keeping).
I looked into buying two 100w solar panels when I was in Baja and was given a quote of 103$ per panel, it seemed very reasonable, so now comes the interesting part of figuring all this out and trying to make it work. I am heading back to Baja in late September and would most likely have to bring everything with me from the US for the set up besides the panels, and maybe a few cables. This makes my planning (and understanding) even more important as I will need all the right parts.
I can order 2 conermex cnx-100 watt panels and have them delivered to Cabo where the camper is stored. I made a nice little schematic of what I am hoping could work. I selected a morningstar ps-30m controller and an xantrex 1000 prowatt inverter, none of which i have purchased yet so if anyone has any reason to think my choices are bad, do not hesitate to let me know. My schematic says it all. The awgs of the wiring and the wattage of the controller and the breakers might be overkill, but I’m hoping to add another 100w if necessary. I chose breakers over fuses as looking for fuses in Baja might be tough when hours away from civilisation. I am also a true believer in spending more on better equipment the first time around.
I've never done anything like this before so thanks in advance for your patience. I also want to do my best to keep this as simple and maintenance free as possible as everything in Baja is a little complicated. So any advice, suggestions and or opinions in layman’s terms would be much appreciated.
Muchas gracias, Jancsi