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Old 11-01-2015, 02:51 PM   #11
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Another option is to use the trailer's 7-pin connection: 7 Pin Trailer Adapter | Go Power!

With the trailer disconnected from the tow vehicle, you can plug a portable solar panel directly to the 7-pin connection and go right into the trailer's charging system. Doesn't matter where the batteries are located and needs no extra hardware, sockets, wiring. I am leaning this way on my 17B build.
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:01 PM   #12
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One option I will definitely order will be the solar panel and charger along with the 6V batteries. I would like to add more solar in the form of a portable panel that could be positioned somewhat away from the trailer to take advantage of whatever sun there is. Is there an option for an external jack that I could plug the portable panel into in order to add the portable power to the onboard panel output?
Hi, Stephen,
I see you are getting the solar and two 6Vs. Not sure why you want to add more solar. Do you have special medical or other needs? The 150-watt panel will cover use of anything except A/C. A microwave can be used with inverter.

There are those who did not get the panel and bought their own portable one instead. There are also those who had earlier models whose panel is 95-watt so they added a portable panel.
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:01 PM   #13
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Depends on the trailer model I guess. Here's one from the 5.0TA before the foam was installed, basic 2 straps.
Does it have the side flanges plus the straps? Or just straps? (end view?)
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:04 PM   #14
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We have done this with our Casita. It works, but you do need to monitor it so you don't over charge your battery. Am looking into a charge controller that could be added to this "system."

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Another option is to use the trailer's 7-pin connection: 7 Pin Trailer Adapter | Go Power!

With the trailer disconnected from the tow vehicle, you can plug a portable solar panel directly to the 7-pin connection and go right into the trailer's charging system. Doesn't matter where the batteries are located and needs no extra hardware, sockets, wiring. I am leaning this way on my 17B build.
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:30 PM   #15
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Not sure why you want to add more solar.
The other advantage to a portable panel is being able to leave the trailer in the shade but still have the movable collector out in the sun. If I'm off-grid in hot and sunny conditions, I will be trying to put the trailer in the shade.
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:04 PM   #16
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As I understand it, you want the solar controller near the battery ( s ). For that reason, I've discarded the idea of plugging into the 7-pin because it is at the front and the battery is on the rear bumper.
I go direct to the battery terminals with alligator clips.
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:05 PM   #17
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Installed a SAE jack near the batteries and solar controller. Jack is wired in parallel with rooftop panel input to the controller. Outboard panel must be similar voltage to rooftop unit. Bypass controller on outboard panel.
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:31 PM   #18
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Hi, Stephen,
I see you are getting the solar and two 6Vs. Not sure why you want to add more solar. Do you have special medical or other needs? The 150-watt panel will cover use of anything except A/C. A microwave can be used with inverter.

There are those who did not get the panel and bought their own portable one instead. There are also those who had earlier models whose panel is 95-watt so they added a portable panel.
No special medical needs. Just thinking it would give more flexibility. If the trailer is in shade can still charge the batteries with the portable.
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:48 PM   #19
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The other advantage to a portable panel is being able to leave the trailer in the shade but still have the movable collector out in the sun. If I'm off-grid in hot and sunny conditions, I will be trying to put the trailer in the shade.
We considered that and I know you save money getting a portable. We, however, are usually out all day and would not be leaving a panel there. Any campsite has room to back even if treed and we can get some sun from some of the open area, even if we are mostly in shade. We will have to keep looking at that. Done too little so far to tell the situation. Few owners seem to be having trouble getting sufficient solar and their batteries come back up even in adverse conditions, according to their comments.
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Old 11-01-2015, 05:17 PM   #20
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During the build for Ten Forward, I paid to have a roof mounted solar installed... wiring only. Watching and paying attention to how solar has changed (foot print) and cost (going down) told me to not buy what I didn't currently need. A couple of years from now, if and when I decide Solar is what I need and want... I'm expecting to see (and have available) a lot more options than now.


So, when do you need it and how much are you willing to pay to get what you want?
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