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08-10-2011, 07:24
Just bought a motorhome and am after your wise words on a number of issues.

1. I am looking for the right solar panel. I envisage driving my van to a spot (Lake District) and not moving it for 2 -3 days at a time, using my moped/bike to get around. I need a decent solar panel to keep me charged up as long as possible without moving the Van. I'd much sooner have too much panel power than not enough so your advice is requested. Maplins etc suggest a 120W panel @ 748.00

120W Solar Motor Home and Boat Kit Free Delivery : Solar Motorhome and Boat Kits : Maplin (http://www.maplin.co.uk/120w-solar-motor-home-and-boat-kit-264870)

I believe what they advise to be true but is this price the best I can get? Has anyone used this panel? I have the cash and do want quality and good value for money.

2. I have bought a motorbike rack and a moped, I am based in Middlesbrough and want to know who could fit it at the best price. Is the weight gonna be a problem to my overall allowance? I want the moped to cut the cost of driving the van everywhere.

just jane
08-10-2011, 09:31
That sounds expensive and my kids who both did work experience at Maplin a couple of years ago claim them to be over the top prices for everything.
Im pretty sure I paid about that for mine to be fitted try looking on this website, they give great advice and have a big yard they let you park overnight in if they are fitting for you. Leisurepower Ltd suppliers and installers of 12v LED Lights, Oyster Vision, Caravan LED lights, Oyster Satellite, caravan tv, Solar, Alarms and Products for Motorhomes and Caravans (http://www.leisurepower.co.uk/index.html)

08-10-2011, 11:21
Hi and welcome,

The panels from Maplin are overpriced, so avoid them.

Do a search on this forum as there has been a lot of discussion on panels and you will get some good info.

I got mine from www.stonewindandsolar.co.uk (http://www.stonewindandsolar.co.uk). They had a good offer on at the time so give them a try. The advantage is that they sell the full kit. panel, fixing brackets, Sikaflex adhesive, cable and connectors etc. You would only need to find a fitter. Many people fit their own as it is not that difficult.

If you are staying on sites, you could have your panel freestanding instead of fixed to the roof. Mine is freestanding.

Good luck.