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Old 08-18-2015, 06:43 PM   #21
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I was going to explore that, but then the power would have to go from the panel, to the plug at the front of the trailer and all the way to the back bumper, where the battery is. My understanding is I would lose juice along the way.
Hi Glenn not the best with electrical . Our batteries are in front in box .I have spoken to GoPower which is Carmanah and they are pretty good answering my questions with solar . Before I got the plug I was just hooking directly to my battery . Being your situation is different I would check with them . On the potable panel it comes with 15 ft cable and they sell addional cable to add if needed. So maybe you might be ok . Pat
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:20 PM   #23
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I'm happy clamping on to terminals.
I know Glenn but in our case being batteries in front box this is easier for us plus I couldn't close box on my cable maybe damaging it . Glad your buddy is ok . Pat
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:31 PM   #24
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When using the pig tail at the front of the trailer for hooking up a portable solar panel, shouldn't you bypass the portable panels controller so the solar doesn't also use the onboard controller as well?
By hooking, or clamping, to the battery only the portable panels controller is at work.
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When using the pig tail at the front of the trailer for hooking up a portable solar panel, shouldn't you bypass the portable panels controller so the solar doesn't also use the onboard controller as well?
By hooking, or clamping, to the battery only the portable panels controller is at work.
JMac not there yet . When I decide to finally commit with a roof panel also or another portable I will cross that bridge then . The only controller I have is what is on the panel Pat
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:47 PM   #26
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We will have to try using the Maxi-fan overnight and see how much it drains our battery vs the furnace.

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I measured our Maxx-Fan at 0.33 amps on the lowest speed and 3.75 amps on the highest speed. For comparison, the heater fan took 2.68 amps. Or to put it another way, one hour of heater fan uses the same power as 8.12 hours of Maxx-Fan (2.68/.33).

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Old 08-18-2015, 11:41 PM   #27
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When using the pig tail at the front of the trailer for hooking up a portable solar panel, shouldn't you bypass the portable panels controller so the solar doesn't also use the onboard controller as well?
If by "pig tail at the front of the trailer" you mean the cable which gets plugged into the tug for towing... no, the charge circuit in that cable does not go through the solar controller - the onboard solar controller (if any) won't be involved. Even the stock converter won't matter. The charge line from the tug should go to the trailer's battery with nothing but wire and fuses in the way.
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:45 AM   #28
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If by "pig tail at the front of the trailer" you mean the cable which gets plugged into the tug for towing... no, the charge circuit in that cable does not go through the solar controller - the onboard solar controller (if any) won't be involved. Even the stock converter won't matter. The charge line from the tug should go to the trailer's battery with nothing but wire and fuses in the way.
That's good news. I thought I read differently on this forum.
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This is where I got confused
Combining "new" 160W solar with "old" 95W?
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This is where I got confused
Combining "new" 160W solar with "old" 95W?
In that discussion, Jon had issues because he wasn't connecting the portable panel through the controller for the fixed panels:
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The choice of connectors is still out, but it won't be the 7 pin since I'll want to feed the input of the controller.
In other words, feeding the power into the trailer through the towing cable bypasses the trailer's solar controller: it sends power direct to the battery, joining the output (rather than input) of that controller... which causes the some confusion for the controller.
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