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Old 09-21-2015, 01:09 PM   #11
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sorry - should have specified 21' regular (not 5.0)
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under curb side dinette seat in rear.....
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Adding a portable solar panel to the existing installation isn't a problem. I have the 160 watt panel, and had ETI place the charge controller close to where I intend to bring in the wire for the portable unit at a later date. You can either connect direct to the batteries, or through the charge controller.
I've been considering adding the ETI solar option and would like the option to add a portable panel like that. So was it that control panel typically above the sink in the 19 that is the charger controller? And where did you have it installed?

I'm having the U shape dinette and adding an electrical port into the front drivers side going into the seat area. Is that what you did?
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I've been considering adding the ETI solar option and would like the option to add a portable panel like that. So was it that control panel typically above the sink in the 19 that is the charger controller? And where did you have it installed?

I'm having the U shape dinette and adding an electrical port into the front drivers side going into the seat area. Is that what you did?
WE have two threads going on this topic...

The charge controller normally would have been installed over the sink in the 19. When I add a portable solar panel I want to tie it in to the controller, so the above sink location would have been a cumbersome wiring run. Reace suggested the location under the dinette. It's not as easy to read, but will be much simpler to run wires. And he added a port to the outside, which I would do differently next time.
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Old 09-21-2015, 07:32 PM   #16
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Reace suggested the location under the dinette. It's not as easy to read, but will be much simpler to run wires. .
Why not put brackets on the platform the table mounts to and put it at the end of the table. Close to the other electrical and very easy to read and adjust in this position.

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Old 09-22-2015, 06:51 AM   #17
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An installation that nice wasn't even on my radar screen when I ordered the trailer. I like that shelf idea, but will probably put it to other use at this stage.
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Why not put brackets on the platform the table mounts to and put it at the end of the table. Close to the other electrical and very easy to read and adjust in this position.

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While I like the idea of this, and you did a great job, I do wonder what you do with it when the dinette gets used as a bed? It might be in danger around rambunctious grandkids.
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Another way to wire the controller for optimum efficiency and ease of use. Is to place The controller next to the batteries as Santacruzer did and run a remote monitor ( trimetric ) through a negative shunt to a more visible location. The Trimetric gives you great info, all amps in the batteries and all amps out of the batteries are measured.
A friend just installed a trimetric on his RV and soon learned he a .6 amp phantom draw. That will be fun to chase down.
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Has anyone added a tilt mount to the factory flat mount after the fact? Seems like it wouldn't be too challenging to remove the panel and bolt the tilt mount to the existing roof supports then attach the panel to the tilt mount.
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