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Old 09-19-2018, 07:46 PM   #1
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We are having 170w solar with charge converter , installed in our new 17 b Escape that we pick up in May.
The question is, do I need anything else to go with it?
I know little about solar and want to make sure that I'm not forgetting something .
Further if there is anything anyone wants to add to educate me on solar ,I'm all ears.
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Old 09-19-2018, 07:53 PM   #2
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If you are getting the ETI solar option installed, you don't need anything else to go with it. It will just work.
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Old 09-19-2018, 07:55 PM   #3
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You don't need anything else for the solar to work. At it's most basic level, your solar system works like this - the panel collects sunlight and converts it to electricity via a photovoltaic action, sends it to the solar controller, and the solar controller then charges the batteries. In full sun in the summer months it works extremely well, but in winter months where the angle of the sun is lower, or when the panel is shaded, the output is substantially reduced. Still works though even then.

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Old 09-19-2018, 08:06 PM   #4
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My ETI supplied basic solar has been working great for me for the past 5 years with no issues or modifications done to it.
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Here are a couple of interesting articles that might help (there may be newer articles).:
https://rvshare.com/blog/rv-solar-pa...-need-to-know/
https://roadslesstraveled.us/rv-solar/
https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/off...rv-solar-works

We opted to have the solar tapped into all our receptacles. That way, when using solar, we can plug in appliances/etc. into any outlet. Otherwise, ETI will hook the solar up to whichever receptacle you wish ... but you can only use that receptacle when going off-grid.

We've had solar on both our last trailer and for ten years on our houseboat and, I have to say, solar is THE way to go. (Thinking about it for the house .... ). Just remember that when you're off-grid and using solar, you don't get a one-for-one recharge. In other words, if you use your solar for eight hours, it takes more than eight hours to recharge ... especially if you're continuing to draw power from the batteries or if sunlight is at a minimum. (https://www.batterystuff.com/kb/arti...olar-info.html).

But most importantly, enjoy your new trailer AND its solar setup!!!
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I am “assuming”’that the solar package on a new unit has dual 6 volt batteries? ETI has done two solar retrofits for us. I like their work. Last summer I drove 1,900 miles to Chilliwack to get the solar put on our new to us 21. Took 5 hours. Then back to Iowa. Throw in a three week western vacation including my first time to the North Cascades. They upgraded three things on the Escape while I was there. No charge.
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:16 PM   #7
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I am “assuming”’that the solar package on a new unit has dual 6 volt batteries?
Most people who get solar probably get the dual 6-volt batteries, and this trailer might have them, but from the ETI website description there is no indication that the solar package includes or requires the dual 6-volt batteries:
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170W Solar Panel with Charge Controller
The inverter option does state the dual 6-volt requirement explicitly, so I think if they required it they would state it.
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Here are a couple of interesting articles that might help (there may be newer articles).:
https://rvshare.com/blog/rv-solar-pa...-need-to-know/
https://roadslesstraveled.us/rv-solar/
https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/off...rv-solar-works

We opted to have the solar tapped into all our receptacles. That way, when using solar, we can plug in appliances/etc. into any outlet. Otherwise, ETI will hook the solar up to whichever receptacle you wish ... but you can only use that receptacle when going off-grid.

We've had solar on both our last trailer and for ten years on our houseboat and, I have to say, solar is THE way to go. (Thinking about it for the house .... ). Just remember that when you're off-grid and using solar, you don't get a one-for-one recharge. In other words, if you use your solar for eight hours, it takes more than eight hours to recharge ... especially if you're continuing to draw power from the batteries or if sunlight is at a minimum. (https://www.batterystuff.com/kb/arti...olar-info.html).

But most importantly, enjoy your new trailer AND its solar setup!!!
Just to clarify, the solar does not tap into the outlets. It only charges the batteries. From there the inverter converts it to 120V AC, and either feeds one outlet, or all of them through a transfer switch.
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We opted to have the solar tapped into all our receptacles. That way, when using solar, we can plug in appliances/etc. into any outlet. Otherwise, ETI will hook the solar up to whichever receptacle you wish ... but you can only use that receptacle when going off-grid.
I found the above quote to be puzzling. It would be more accurate if you replaced the word "solar" with "inverter". The inverter will power your 110v appliances and can be wired by ETI to meet your requirements.

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We've had solar on both our last trailer and for ten years on our houseboat and, I have to say, solar is THE way to go. (Thinking about it for the house .... ). Just remember that when you're off-grid and using solar, you don't get a one-for-one recharge. In other words, if you use your solar for eight hours, it takes more than eight hours to recharge ... especially if you're continuing to draw power from the batteries or if sunlight is at a minimum.
Again, the above quote could use a bit of clarification. If your batteries are being used to provide power then it takes more "juice" (handy term for Volts X Amps), to recharge them than you took out. This is true for the 110v converter (110v battery charger) and a bit more true for a solar charger. Rough rule of thumb: Take 100 watts out of the batteries, use 120 watts to recharge them. Keep in mind, as many have said, solar is fickle - winter sun, shade trees, clouds, dust on the panel, etc, will all conspire to make the recharge time longer than you would like.

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But most importantly, enjoy your new trailer AND its solar setup!!!
100% spot on!

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Just to clarify, the solar does not tap into the outlets. It only charges the batteries. From there the inverter converts it to 120V AC, and either feeds one outlet, or all of them through a transfer switch.
Glad you clarified Jim. It's impossible for DC power to be fed into AC outlets. It's used to charge the batteries only.

I guess what the OP is saying is that they opted for the 1500W Inverter with the transfer switch to all outlets instead of just the standard one outlet. Same setup we have.
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