Double solar roof panels—overkill? - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Escape Systems | Water, Waste, Charging & Propane
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-02-2019, 05:48 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Bend, Oregon
Trailer: Cycle Kamp motorcycle trailer
Posts: 24
Double solar roof panels—overkill?

Building a 19 list. I’m not using the Jack antenna, so Escape could add another 170w solar panel ($850 more) and tie it in to the other 170w solar panel I plan on putting on the build list. I’ll primarily be boondocking with the 19 with occasional RV park stays. Is it needed? Are there pros and cons to doing this setup? I know I could wire for a zamp port, I like the security that roof panels bring. Thanks!
__________________

Karmantra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2019, 05:56 PM   #2
Site Team
 
padlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southwick, Massachusetts
Trailer: 5.0 TA #6, 2012 F150 EB
Posts: 5,535
If you use a lot of power then yes, it would be worth it. We use relatively little power and get by just fine with a single 160w panel. Need to figure out what appliances you want to be able to run while on battery power.
__________________

__________________
Happy Motoring
Bob
padlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2019, 05:59 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: North of Hertel, Wisconsin
Trailer: TBD
Posts: 2,037
We have the dual solar on our 21 . I like the concept of dual solar but am not thrilled with the wiring method used by Escape . Stringing exposed single conductors across the roof to tie the panels together does not look very professional to me . If I were to order a new trailer I would get a single panel on the roof and a Zamp port for plugging in a portable solar panel .
__________________
“ The Danbury Malcontented Curmudgeon
steve dunham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2019, 06:20 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
sclifrickson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Port Townsend, Washington
Trailer: 2010 17B “MATT”, then 2017 19 “Lilly”
Posts: 1,336
Even if you don’t use a lot of power it’s possible that a second roof panel will be useful, particularly if you travel in low light conditions, eg winter or heavy canopied forest. In marginal conditions, every bit helps.
__________________
💩-p+☕️+n
sclifrickson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2019, 07:43 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,301
A friend offered to wire up a zamp port for me so I got a portable 100W panel. Never use it. We do have the factory 160W panel and is all we need.
__________________
"We gotta get as far away as we can!"
- Russell Casse, Independence Day
Rossue is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2019, 08:25 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Milpitas, California
Trailer: 2017 19'
Posts: 327
It depends on your power usage... our single 160W panel charges the battery by mid-day most times.. but we don't use a lot of power so it's easy to top off... (I think most morning he battery was either 80 or 90% anyway) we installed a zamp port during built but never needed it.
caddoster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2019, 08:54 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: WI, Wisconsin
Trailer: 2018 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 385
We have two on the roof and a zamp port. We do a lot of shoulder season camping and I would rather have more than I need than not enough.
MikeS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2019, 08:57 PM   #8
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 8,332
I'm really good at a lot of things, but solar isn't one of them. People say you need to figure out 'usage' and match that to the panels and batteries. Flip, it either works or it doesn't! I have a 12 volt tester and know not to let the batteries get below the "kill" amps. I figure if my solar can't keep up (cloudy days, etc.), I'll just use my trailer as a 'hard sided tent." My tents never had a furnace or lights or a refrigerator. I'll still sleep warm (lots of blankets) and dry and off the ground. What's not to like? YMMV
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward
2014 Escape 5.0TA
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2019, 09:14 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 13,346
Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeS View Post
We do a lot of shoulder season camping and I would rather have more than I need than not enough.

Having that cushion relieves stress, and isn't that what camping is supposed to be about?
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2019, 10:24 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,301
Sounds like a commercial. Just remember- another panel from ETI - and another 8 holes in the roof to keep caulk fresh on.

Switched doctors a few years ago and this very bright lady osteopath reviewed my prescription for Lipitor. Based on my lab results she took me off and said if you don't need it don't put it in your body. So glad I didn't get to keep my doctor despite the promise.
__________________

__________________
"We gotta get as far away as we can!"
- Russell Casse, Independence Day
Rossue is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.