Thursday, July 3, 2014

Viento State Park

Appropriately enough for a park in the blustery Columbia River Gorge, the park's name, pronounced vee-EN-toe, is Spanish for wind. Just an odd coincidence, actually. In this case, the Viento comes from the first letters of three railroad tycoons - Villard, Endicott, and Tollman -who put the first railroad in the area.
More at Oregon State Parks
And, yes, it sure was blustery!
Camped in site A49. Can you spot some of the new toys we picked up in Springfield?
En route we stopped briefly at Multnomah Falls, the tallest in Oregon. The place was crawling with tourists, and the patrol cars were having a field day ticketing automobiles illegally parked in the section of the parking lot reserved for RVs.

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  1. Ooh, I see new solar panels! Are these the 100 or 135 watt panels from AM Solar? I was trying to imagine how it would look to have that slight overhang (used a cardboard box to try to simulate it) if I put the 21" wide panels on that second roof tier, but it was really hard to imagine how good or not good it might look. Whatever you have looks great! I'm so glad you posted the photo (and would love to see more). (I have a Chinook too.)

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    1. You got it - a pair of high efficiency GS135s, 270 watts total - but that's only part of the story - see my upcoming post for all the juicy details (pun intended)

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  2. Solar panels, yeah!
    Neat waterfall, and yes, amazing how people park in places they should not park! Crawling with tourists would be my signal to go elsewhere.

    Looks like Jane and Dexter's hair are both blowing in the wind! Lovely country, and thanks for the history lesson too of the Columbia River Gorge!

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  3. I'll look forward to the additional details when you post them. Thanks! Part of me wants/wanted to go with the narrower panels that don't overhang, but they are less efficient and it would take many more panels to get the same overall wattage. From what I see so far, the panels look good up there, and the slight overhang is a "form follows function" look (in a good way).

    (Sorry if my previous similar reply also posted.... but from my end it seemed to disappear into the ether.)

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    1. I found very few panels narrow enough to avoid overhang. Those that I found had limited output, and some were polycrystalline, which typically have lower efficiency. I have a heavy duty roof rack on the back half of the roof which also reduced the number of panels that could be installed. Adding only a small wattage increase via narrow panels did not seem worthwhile. There are some other considerations too in relation to charge controllers, which I'll touch on in my upcoming post. At the end of the day I figured the overhang of the upper roof element was not important compared to maximizing performance.

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  4. Thanks to your recommendation, we are currently staying in Hammond Marina RV Park. It's our kind of place. Yesterday we took a day-trip to Chinook, WA and had dinner at the Chinook Restaurant and Bar. If we'd ordered Chinook Salmon and been served by members of the Chinook tribe, it would have been perfect. It's the little things that amuse us. Safe travels and let the sun shine on your new solar panels.

    Sandy

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