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Old 08-10-2016, 05:54 AM   #41
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Wow, lots of good info here. A couple more questions. Does ETI install the Samlex SCC-30AB charge controller? Where is it located in a 21? If you add an additional solar panel where does it connect on the controller? Same terminals as the roof mounted panel?
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Old 08-10-2016, 06:12 AM   #42
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Great insights. I'm leaning towards having ETI install the two panels and at least doing some prep work for adding the additional portable in the future. It's good to hear about the AGM batteries as well. I've been doing my research on them as well and see some advantages of going with them. Thank you.

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Old 08-10-2016, 12:52 PM   #43
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Does ETI install the Samlex SCC-30AB charge controller?
If you do a Google Search of EscapeForum.org for "SCC-30AB" you'll find a few threads in which people have specifically mentioned this controller by model... although there's a lot more information in discussions than that, because the model is always mentioned.
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Old 08-10-2016, 06:48 PM   #44
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I emailed Sarah to get the final word on which charge controller they will install and she said they are currently installing the Carmanah GP-PWM-30 but she cautioned it could change by the time my 21 is built in 6 months.
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Which is the GoPower.
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Old 08-10-2016, 08:36 PM   #46
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... they are currently installing the Carmanah GP-PWM-30 ...
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Which is the GoPower.
Product page link: Go Power 30 Amp Digital Solar Controller (Model: GP-PWM-30)
Go Power! is a division of Carmanah.
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:56 AM   #47
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The hard part is getting wax under the panel. I rigged up a pad attached to a long plastic rod so I can clean and wax under there. As long as the finish has a good coat of protection on it, I think you're good to go.
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I was under the impression that flexible panels are adhered directly to the roof. if so I wouldn't think there would be a gap under the panel?
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Old 08-11-2016, 01:19 PM   #48
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The Escape provided panels mount above the roof and it is difficult to get wax under them. The flexible panels are bonded to the fiberglass shell of the trailer. Your question seems like a valid one; if the panel generates a lot of heat does that have a long term impact to the fiberglass shell, underlying insulation etc. On a hot sunny day will the bonded panels radiate much heat into the interior of the trailer?
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This is our panel. Don't know what they are doing now.
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This is our panel. Don't know what they are doing now.
I am 99.99999% sure they are still doing just exactly that.
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