boondocking musicians want to go solar in RV
We are traveling musicians living full-time in our '94 Monaco 38' diesel pusher. We rarely utilize shore power for extended periods of time. That means a lot of generator usage (about 3 hrs/day). We want to install solar charging capabilities but are new to the whole field and don't know what we don't know. Looking for some guidance about who to ask, where to source, how much we need, etc. We have a 315 amp-hr (3) 12v battery array but hope to eventually move to (4) T105 6v golf cart batteries which would give us 440 ah. I am installing a Samlex EVO 2212 inverter since my 22 yr old Freedom 20 died. I will also install a Trimetric TM 2030RV battery monitor. Now it gets murky (for me anyway). How big should the system be? One source suggested 600w of panels would be appropriate. Should they be PWM 12v (in which case should I choose Trimetric's sc-2030 solar charger?) or MPPT technology? Cost is a factor but long term value will trump lowest initial cost. Other factors are - we are based around Los Angeles during the winter months then travel throughout the country during the summer so no cold weather operations and we don't need to support microwave usage or other hi power consumers (we have an LED tv, Playstation 3 for dvds/games and a Mifi for internet data, we keep 2 smartphones and 2 laptops charged). Comments in not-to-technical detail are greatly appreciated. Any ideas on brands and/or sourcing that could save some $$'s?
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