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Old 10-12-2016, 05:47 PM   #11
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Where it is mounted will have little impact on it's performance, so aesthetically it is above the refer in the 21, in the 19 it is below the dinette.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:16 PM   #12
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The third reason is the gas that is present in the battery box can cause a premature failure in the electrical components of a charger/controller, it is just plain hard on electronics. So keeping that controller outside eliminates that problem.
This makes sense in my case. My controller has nothing to switch on or adjust. Just three LEDs. The alligator clips have to attach to the terminals so they have to be inside.
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Access to Solar Controller input connections

I would like the option of connecting a second portable solar array to the controller input after I take delivery of our Escape 21. With the Solar controller mounted above the refrigerator, is there access to the connections after the trailer is built? Or should I ask for an additional set of wires run from the controller input into the cabinet below the driver's side dinette seat?
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I believe the controller hook ups are at the battery which is under the dinette seat, easily accessible by the rear side hatch for another set up.
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Old 12-09-2016, 01:40 PM   #15
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" The Charge Controller should be installed indoor only in a well ventilated, cool, dry environment. • Do not expose to moisture, rain, snow or liquids of any type "
And I like mine to be easily visible, but then I also like to keep my panel oriented for maximum output.

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Old 12-09-2016, 02:24 PM   #16
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I would like the option of connecting a second portable solar array to the controller input after I take delivery of our Escape 21. With the Solar controller mounted above the refrigerator, is there access to the connections after the trailer is built? Or should I ask for an additional set of wires run from the controller input into the cabinet below the driver's side dinette seat?
I'd ask for the wires.
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Why are you looking to put the controller in that particular location? Standard practice calls for the controller within 3 feet of the batteries and using the heaviest gauge wire to the battery(s) that the controller will accept. I was limited to 8 gauge.
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Old 12-09-2016, 03:52 PM   #18
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And I like mine to be easily visible, but then I also like to keep my panel oriented for maximum output.

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Very nice set up Ron Pat
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I believe the controller hook ups are at the battery which is under the dinette seat, easily accessible by the rear side hatch for another set up.
Is ETI using the GoPower these days?

For the GoPower I believe the control panel and controller are one unit and is mounted either above the fridge or in the front of one of the dinette benches.

Where ever the controller is is where Richard needs a cable run. If it is above the fridge then you'd have to pull the fridge to get access to the panel and run a cable from it down and around the U bench to the hatch. Not hard but might be more then one wants to do.

If it's mounted to the bench, then it would be an easy DIY job.
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I would like the option of connecting a second portable solar array to the controller input after I take delivery of our Escape 21. With the Solar controller mounted above the refrigerator, is there access to the connections after the trailer is built? Or should I ask for an additional set of wires run from the controller input into the cabinet below the driver's side dinette seat?
You will also need some kind of access hatch for the portable panel wires. I am having ETI install a standard electrical hatch and run wires from the controller above the fridge down to where the hatch will be. The cost is $100. I think for that price I would rather have them do it than me have to wrestle with the fridge.
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