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Old 09-13-2017, 09:21 AM   #41
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Mike, are your batteries under the dinette or on the tongue?
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:47 PM   #42
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With a Go Power kit u get several adapters: battery clips, Zamp connector etc. The 7 pin is optional and costs about $40. After talking with Escape we decided the 7 pin was the best way on a 19 as the wiring is heavier than one gets with the Zamp solar plug (although certainly a viable option) and it is a "port" that already exists-one less hole in the fiberglass.
The only problem with this method and it might work ok is that, the charge controller (according to handyman Bob) should be located as close as possible to the battery (Like Myron did). A voltage drop (although never good) is not AS critical from the panel to the controller as it is from the controller to the battery.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:10 PM   #43
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Worked just fine whether I was using the panel next to the Hitch which meant the run was very short or I was using my long 30 ft extension cord. If the sun was decent, usually charged my battery-I have a single 29 size 12 volt - in under two hours. Worked great when I spent nearly two weeks at Denali NP. Rarely needed to use my Honda Handi 3000 I had as back up.
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Mike, are your batteries under the dinette or on the tongue?
My batteries are under the dinette, at the rear of the trailer.
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I have my controller mounted next to the batteries under the dinette. Ran a set of 8awg leads from the controller to the optional passenger side access hatch with MC4 connectors on them. I plug in my portable panels extension cable to them when needed and just leave the access door open a bit. If the portable was the only panel I had I'd use a dedicated hatch for it in the same area, or maybe even going out the back of the trailer. For my limited need, but this works for me.
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