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Old 08-10-2016, 11:38 AM   #21
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thanks everyone for the great thoughts.

i think i will do dual roof solar, at build. $850 CAD isn't bad, plus they need to put in wooden blocking and strengthening stuff at build. NO better time to do it.

Plus i know how we like to boondock.

Plus if / when a big earthquake hits Los Angeles, we'll be happy to have a really self sufficient 21' Escape as a quasi-life raft!

so other than the $, the 10 lbs of 2nd panel, about 10 lbs of blocking (as per ETI).... any downsides?



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thanks everyone for the great thoughts.

i think i will do dual roof solar, at build. $850 CAD isn't bad, plus they need to put in wooden blocking and strengthening stuff at build. NO better time to do it.

Plus i know how we like to boondock.

Plus if / when a big earthquake hits Los Angeles, we'll be happy to have a really self sufficient 21' Escape as a quasi-life raft!

so other than the $, the 10 lbs of 2nd panel, about 10 lbs of blocking (as per ETI).... any downsides?



cheers

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I believe that the $850 that ETI charges for the solar option is for a single 160W panel and controller, not for 2 panels. When I inquired about adding a 2nd panel to my existing solar setup on my 19', I was told it would be about $850 to add the second panel.
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Old 08-10-2016, 02:31 PM   #23
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I believe that the $850 that ETI charges for the solar option is for a single 160W panel and controller, not for 2 panels. When I inquired about adding a 2nd panel to my existing solar setup on my 19', I was told it would be about $850 to add the second panel.
Yes. Sorry for not being clear

In my mind I had already spent $850 CAD for the first panel- includes the controller.

Now I have decided to spent another $850 for a second panel (that $850 includes the re enforcement's to ceiling plus wiring it in, they will only do it at time of build)

I just had to justify the extra $850 to myself.... And ALSO my better half. She approved!

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update:

Sarah at ETI suggested I send them a Zamp Solar Port..... ($10 on Amazon)
and for a fee they'll wire it in during build

and I just specify where I want the Zamp Solar Port.....

makes it very very easy to plug in my portable 90w solar panels, plus keeps the bugs out!

Plus we just decided to NOT get any shelves in the wardrobe, so we CAN stow the portable solar panel suitcase in the wardrobe, i think.

ETI (sarah) will send me the updated interior size of the slightly expanded wardrobe on the 2017 21'

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When ETI wires in the ZAMP Solar Port do you know if they wire it to the installed controller or directly to the battery?
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:30 AM   #26
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Portable solar

Power from a panel should almost always be put through the charge controller. You would not want 17 volts going to the battery for very long. The charge controller regulates the voltage and gives the battery what it needs. The exception is power from a very small panel like 5 watts.
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When ETI wires in the ZAMP Solar Port do you know if they wire it to the installed controller or directly to the battery?
To the controller
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Good to hear, thank you!!
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update:

Sarah at ETI suggested I send them a Zamp Solar Port..... ($10 on Amazon)
and for a fee they'll wire it in during build

and I just specify where I want the Zamp Solar Port.....

makes it very very easy to plug in my portable 90w solar panels, plus keeps the bugs out!

Plus we just decided to NOT get any shelves in the wardrobe, so we CAN stow the portable solar panel suitcase in the wardrobe, i think.

ETI (sarah) will send me the updated interior size of the slightly expanded wardrobe on the 2017 21'

The same wall mounted SAE connector is available from SolarSeller (Item D) for $5.00. They also have a variety of SAE connectors if you want to use them to make extensions...

I have used it with a 160 watt portable panel for 2 years with no problems...
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Old 08-30-2016, 05:47 PM   #30
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The same wall mounted SAE connector is available from SolarSeller (Item D) for $5.00. They also have a variety of SAE connectors if you want to use them to make extensions...

I have used it with a 160 watt portable panel for 2 years with no problems...
Cool... thanks for the link. Good to know.... especially about the variety of SAE connectors they sell.

I bet the part I paid $10 for on Amazon (shipping included for me, as i have Prime) is *identical* to the $5 one there (plus shipping)

I bet they are coming out of the same factory.
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