We had awful weather this week, 8 inches of snow, blowing, cold and miserable. During the last week, we cut out a section of wall and installed the Trimetric Monitor gauge and the 500amp shunt used to monitor the battery condition.
The gauge is mounted in our kitchen, and the shunt is mounted under the bed close to the batteries on the negative line. Special wires come back to the wall panel.
Voila! It works! This is like “Command Central” for seeing how many volts you have in your batteries, how many amps are being used, how much is being charged etc.
(that was during the week)Now it’s Saturday morning and the snow has all melted. Mr. Zoom Zoom (my nickname for Steve) got all the gear together bright and early to finish the solar panel installation.
Never mind the fact that I hadn’t had my second cup of coffee.
Never mind the fact that it was still only 34 degrees!
Never mind the fact that at noon or 1 pm it would be in the 50’s or even 60-?
Let’s all sing together that James Taylor favorite: Up On A Roof…………….
And I gingerly crawled up the ladder to assist. I HATE heights….ack!
First step was to hook the four panels together into pairs of two.
Now they had to be wired up together and then joined to the two 8 gauge cords
Next comes the flip over and install the brackets to the roof… ohhh drilling holes in a roof can be VERY SCARY! Once a hole is drilled, you can’t UNdrill it!
We used some rather unique fasteners. Before you get too excited seeing “plastic”, calm down. It’s only temporary nylon guides that hold the metal toggle into place … read on:
Ahhhhh now look at that ! (about four hours later)
Well, not quite. Now Steveio had to hook up the wires in the solar controller and 30 amp fuse box. Then hook the Trimetric gauge back up to the shunt and it *should* work…..
Weeeeeheeeeeee it all works! And even in cloudy afternoon sky in April we are pulling 20 amps. Ain’t that something? Now it is time for a nice long nap… so I dozed off with the doggies inside the motorhome. Snoozing in the driveway, now cool is that?