Lance Travel Trailer – Solar Panels Install

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Just returned from a one day 550 mile round trip to the Lance Camper Service Center in Lancaster, California.  I had them install two (2) 180 watt (360 watt total) Grape Solar panels on my Lance 2385 travel trailer.  I wanted the Lance Camper Service Center to install the solar panels because it involved drilling holes in my roof.  They have the schematic drawings of my travel trailer and know where to drill the holes to avoid wiring and to prevent roof leaks.  Lance did a very professional installation.  Great Service.  I made the trip with my friend Paul that is a Master Electrician.  Now that the solar panels are installed, Paul will finish the solar wiring.  This includes installing a controller, 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter, circuit breakers, fuses and connections to two (2) 6 volt AGM golf cart batteries.  Paul is designing the solar system to provide power for all electrical components in my trailer that includes:

  • 24″ Smart TV and Jensen Stereo
  • All LED interior and outdoor lighting
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Computer and cell phone rechargers
  • Food blender
  • Water Pump
  • Air Compressor
  • Electric Slide Out
  • Ceiling fan

The only thing this solar system will not power is the air conditioning.  However, I am not planning on being in climates where air conditioning is needed.  If so, can always check into a RV Park and use their electrical power.  The solar installation will enable me to go off grid Boondocking, see many beautiful places and still have the conveniences electrical power can provide.

As a footnote, while waiting for the solar panels to be installed, Paul and I went to the Exotic Feline’s Breeding Compound Feline Conservation Center cathouse-fcc.org (aka Cat House) in nearby Rosamond, California.  They have an incredible collection of tigers, lions and cats from all over the world.  One of my favorites was “Doc” a Black Jaguar.  They do an incredible job rescuing cats from all over the world.  Worth your time to check it out if you are in the neighborhood.

National Geographic Magazine 2017 World Legacy Award Winner, Sense of Place: Santa Fe

Published on Mar 10, 2017

Sense of Place — recognizing excellence in enhancing sense of place and authenticity, including support for the protection of historical monuments, archaeological sites, cultural events, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.
WINNER:
City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA — If American pioneers from more than a century ago were to visit Santa Fe’s central plaza today, they would recognize it instantly. The oldest state capital in America considers safeguarding its rich heritage a duty and a passion. The historic downtown and surrounding area protect archaeological sites and cultural authenticity, including the Santa Fe Indian Market, now almost 100 years old and still going strong. Santa Fe’s annual festivals and events place Native American, Spanish, and Anglo heritage front and center, while strong sustainability initiatives also bring the past into the future.  Full credit to National Geographic Magazine

I leave for Santa Fe July 1.  My journey begins.