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Old 12-02-2017, 10:32 PM   #1
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2018 5.0TA and Portable Solar Panels...What Fits Where?

We are set for a 5.0TA this coming year.... and want to know what portable solar panels fit in what storage area.

Where do you store your portable solar panels when not in use and driving to your next camp site in your 5.0TA and what brand and size panels are they?

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I would recommend the Renogy 100 Watt portable suitcase model. If you are having a solar panel installed on the roof, have ETI install a Zamp Solar Plug on the outside, so you can plug in your portable solar panel w/o a Controller.

RENOGY Foldable Solar Suitcase Kit 100W Mono Without Charge Controller https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LXG4AXS..._vr5iAb2JQHX9B


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I had to go to a pair of flexible 50 watt panels to get something to fit in the front storage of the 5.0TA Classic. Made a set of break down frames that fit in the outside storage behind the entry door.

I believe the front storage in the new body is bigger.
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I would recommend the Renogy 100 Watt portable suitcase model. If you are having a solar panel installed on the roof, have ETI install a Zamp Solar Plug on the outside, so you can plug in your portable solar panel w/o a Controller.
Yes, we are getting the ETI roof installed solar. Does the Renogy just plug into the Zamp Solar plug or is some rewiring needed to use the Zamp port from the Renogy?
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I would recommend the Renogy 100 Watt portable suitcase model. If you are having a solar panel installed on the roof, have ETI install a Zamp Solar Plug on the outside, so you can plug in your portable solar panel w/o a Controller.

RENOGY Foldable Solar Suitcase Kit 100W Mono Without Charge Controller https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LXG4AXS..._vr5iAb2JQHX9B


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The Renogy one weighs 30 plus pounds. I purchased the Lensun Solar folding one (100 watts) which is some 25 lbs lighter and can easily fit under the steps in the 5.0ta. It has the m4 connection but you can adapt it to fit the external port that is factory installed.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B071F...qLL&ref=plSrch
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Fred,

Where do you store the portable solar panel in your 21' when not in use?

I have it leaning up behind my drivers seat and secured with two cross-crossed bungee straps on my Ford F-150.

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Yes, we are getting the ETI roof installed solar. Does the Renogy just plug into the Zamp Solar plug or is some rewiring needed to use the Zamp port from the Renogy?


Mine plugged straight into the Zamp Solar plug, but the Renogy solar panel that is currently listed on Amazon has MC4 connectors. However, they sell a nice MC4 to SAE adapter. The SAE end will plug into your Zamp Solar port.

RENOGY MC4 to SAE Adaptor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1TALFY..._HMPjAb2CFGWMZ

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Yes, we are getting the ETI roof installed solar. Does the Renogy just plug into the Zamp Solar plug or is some rewiring needed to use the Zamp port from the Renogy?
It depends on how Escape wires the Zamp connector. If it is wired directly to the batteries (or converter), you need to use the controller built into the Zamp panel (in other words, don't change anything).

If you have rooftop panels installed by Escape, they usually install the Zamp connector so it is wired to the input of the trailer's GoPower solar controller. In that case, you need to bypass the Zamp controller on the panel, i.e. add a Zamp in line connector directly from the panel output.

I'd specify on my build sheet how I wanted the Zamp connector wired.
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