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Old 11-22-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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WInterizing solar/batteries

I ran across these winterizing instructions for cold climates on the Go Power website.
How to Winterize your Solar System | GPElectric
It states to cover the solar panel and store batteries inside. We need to store our Escape away from home so I was planning on just leaving the batteries in and letting the solar panel keep them charged. I will go to the storage site occasionally to keep heavy snow off the roof. Is this ok or should I follow their advice?

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Old 11-22-2013, 12:21 PM   #2
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I think the definitive web site on RV solar power is from a verbose writer that goes by the name HandyBobSolar. There is lots of opinion and some rambling with a bit of self of self-aggrandizing. Makes for an interesting read.

Here is the link
HandyBob's Blog « Making off grid RV electrical systems work.

I think you will find that Bob will tell you that your plan to keep the solar running and clearing off the snow is a good one.
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I've mentioned it before, but I store my trailer under an Escape provided cover, and as long as I keep the snow off the cover I get enough trickle from the solar panel through the cover to keep the batteries up as long as I have the disconnect switch in the off position. Only about .1 to .3 amps, but that seems to be enough. I've stored it that way the last two winters with no problems. This year I'm traveling, so no storage at all...
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You mention an Escape provided cover. Does Escape sell a cover?
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You mention an Escape provided cover. Does Escape sell a cover?
They used to but not anymore.
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:16 PM   #6
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John,

I just went to the storage facility and got my batteries out of the trailer and lugged them downstairs where they can stay warm all winter long. I had plans to keep the snow off the trailer all last winter, but the trailer still ended up with 9" - 12" inches of snow on it every now and then. On the other hand, I am sure it is much warmer down south where you are ;-) so maybe you won't get any snow this year....
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John: when I read the link you provided from GPElectrric they mentioned to "Label your solar panel wires positive & negative; unhook your solar from your Go Power! solar Controller"
I took my batteries out - but didn't unhook the controller. The escape is inside with low light if any- but I'm wondering about disconnecting the controller- or putting the batteries back in? Any thoughts?

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Perhaps the concern here is that the solar is still charging and the controller is "live" so perhaps there could be shorting issues.
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Perhaps the concern here is that the solar is still charging and the controller is "live" so perhaps there could be shorting issues.
The only "shorting" that could occur would be if the battery terminals were in contact with each other. The solar controller regulates the output from the solar panels.
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I've mentioned it before, but I store my trailer under an Escape provided cover, and as long as I keep the snow off the cover I get enough trickle from the solar panel through the cover to keep the batteries up as long as I have the disconnect switch in the off position. Only about .1 to .3 amps, but that seems to be enough. I've stored it that way the last two winters with no problems. This year I'm traveling, so no storage at all...
Replying to an old thread -
I just checked on our trailer stored under the ADCO tyvek cover and the batteries are at 100% and charging at 14.2 v 0.1 - 0.2 amps at mid day today (isolation switch off). I’ll just need to clean snow off if we ever get any this year. 60 degrees in December both days this weekend 🌞
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