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Old 11-04-2018, 11:15 AM   #1
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Battery access for Charging

We have a new to us 2016 21 with the dual 6v batteries under one of the dinette seats. It appears there is no way to access them from the outside to charge with portable solar or a plug in charger. Anyone figured out an easy solution to this or will I need install an access myself? Thanks
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Old 11-04-2018, 11:58 AM   #2
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We have a new to us 2016 21 with the dual 6v batteries under one of the dinette seats. It appears there is no way to access them from the outside to charge with portable solar or a plug in charger. Anyone figured out an easy solution to this or will I need install an access myself? Thanks

I use one of these "portholes" for a variety of low voltage electrical connections, including: portable solar, telephone, thermometer, ham radio cables, etc. It is installed fairly close to the batteries on my E21 and it is a short hop to the solar controller. It does take a 2 inch hole and if you are reluctant to drill a hole of that size then you could use a smaller dedicated connection just for solar. Someone will post a photo, for sure.


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Old 11-04-2018, 12:57 PM   #3
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Keep it simple with this cheap no hole method.
Put one of theses plugs that you find on the rear of your tow vehicle...on the portable solar controllers output. Then just plug your trailer into it as you would into your vehicle. Your batteries will not know the difference between being charged by a vehicle or solar.
Now you can charge almost any trailer.
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Do you have a tongue box? If so maybe run wires from under dinette, down, and then into back of the tongue box where you can keep access to a charging receptacle. Might be less problematic.

Pictures here are my running wires for remote for my solar controller in my tongue box to inside street side dinette.
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for plug in charging, just plug in the whole trailer, the power converter will nicely charge the batteries.

My E21 has the rooftop solar, so I've never investigated plugging in portable solar, but if I had to, I'd probably run 10 gauge wires to a PowerPole PP45 behind a marine cable port with a water proof cover drilled into the side or rear of the trailer... rear, because I generally prefer camping with the hitch aimed due north, so the sun rises on the awning/curb side, and sets on the back/street side of the trailer, for best shade...
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:35 PM   #6
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Do you have a tongue box? If so maybe run wires from under dinette, down, and then into back of the tongue box where you can keep access to a charging receptacle. Might be less problematic.

Pictures here are my running wires for remote for my solar controller in my tongue box to inside street side dinette.
the batteries on a E21 are under the curb side of the dinette whihc is in the very BACK of the trailer... you want to keep those solar cables as short as possible to minimize voltage loss.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:07 PM   #7
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We bought a portable solar set up for our 5.0 but have not really needed it with the 5.0TA. But I did use the clamp on connectors which came with the set up to attach to battery, added and sealed a small hole in the battery box for the wires and the plug in end for the panel just hangs down by the battery. I plug in the panel just running the wire through the open outside hatch. Does the trick if the roof solar is too shaded, but haven't really needed to use it yet.
The only longer term we camped without power this year was the boler 50th and it was sunny the five days there and the roof panel did just fine. We don't have an inverter though.
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:56 AM   #8
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Anything special about drilling through the fiberglass? Just use a 2" hole bit?
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:12 AM   #9
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Anything special about drilling through the fiberglass? Just use a 2" hole bit?
Nope, just take it easy with a sharp bit.

I have used a spade bit, a forstner bit, a hole saw, a jig saw, and a multi-tool, all with good success.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:28 AM   #10
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Anything special about drilling through the fiberglass? Just use a 2" hole bit?
I’d highly recommend you put painters tape over the area before drilling. Gelcoat is prone to chipping when you drill or make cuts and the tape will help to prevent the chipping.
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