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Old 02-07-2017, 05:55 AM   #1
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We are thinking about adding a solar port to our 17B for adding a portable panel later. Escape will install a owner supplied port for $100. Anyone know what type of port would be a good one and where to buy it. Any suggestions as I really don't know anything about it. Where would the best place for Escape to install it? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 02-07-2017, 07:58 AM   #2
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Brenda - first a question for you - are you planning on getting the solar option or solar ready?
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We will not be getting the solar option with the panel on the roof. So there is an option for customer supplied solar port $100.00 ( customer to determine location). I don't see anything about solar ready. Do you think I need solar ready to add a solar port? I just want to be able to add a portable solar panel later on when I'm ready for it.
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If you are not getting the ETI installed solar controller, there isn't a lot of need for the solar port as the batteries are on the rear bumper. On our 17B, I put a decent quality, small solar controller (Morning Star SunSaver) in a small waterproof box, and connected that directly to the dual 6V batteries. I had quick connects on both the input from the panel and the output to the batteries so it was a very easy hook up process.

I would recommend dual 6V if you plan on boondocking very often.
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If I asked ETI about a solar ready package and than installed a port does that mean I would be already to plug in and go? I just don't see anything about solar ready on the build sheet.
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Solar ready usually means that it is ready for the solar panel on the roof to be installed later. I do not know if it includes the solar controller. If you do not want to put a panel on your roof later, then it is probably not what you want.

If you want a solar controller and quick connect jack installed for later use with a portable panel, I would ask specifically if that is something they are willing to do for you.

Solar can seem all confusing as you first start considering it, but it gets easier.
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Thanks so much! Very helpful. I think we will call ETI today as we have a School Snow Day!! Yeah
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My portable solar connects to controller and battery on rear bumper.
I do have a Honda 1000, that mainly stays home.
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Thanks for showing that Glenn - similar to how I did it with our 17B.
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My portable solar connects to controller and battery on rear bumper.
I do have a Honda 1000, that mainly stays home.
Glenn, The glare from the shine on your trailer obscures my view of the port. Do you have a dirtier picture to contrast the detail?
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