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Old 09-14-2014, 01:51 PM   #11
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Those look good, Jim, and I may reconsider my plan if you can see all around the doors. I thought the doors would hide more more of the light.

I don't turn off the kill switch when I store the trailer. Largely because I thought that would also disconnect the solar charging from the battery. Is that incorrect?

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Old 09-14-2014, 01:58 PM   #12
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Those look good, Jim, and I may reconsider my plan if you can see all around the doors. I thought the doors would hide more more of the light.

I don't turn off the kill switch when I store the trailer. Largely because I thought that would also disconnect the solar charging from the battery. Is that incorrect?

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The kill switch disconnects everything BUT the solar panels. Turn the switch off (with no significant 12V load) and the voltage display on the solar controller should not change.
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Old 09-14-2014, 02:01 PM   #13
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I leave mine plugged in with a small heater going to keep the interior above freezing. I also use a cover though it is supposed to get some light through to the solar panel I do not trust it to do so.

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Old 09-14-2014, 04:08 PM   #14
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Those switches look good , I would be concerned with bumping it though you say like my under bed lights you can see them on around the doors. The cost for that many switches again back to ruminating on it people were starting to stare while I was debating myself. lol hmm. I ran hot wires from the 12 v accessory outlets as they would be less used and with the minor amount of power LEDs use not much load on the 14 ga wire ETI used to connect them. I am using 16 Ga feed lines yes more then is required but since it was I had the most rolls of well... Solder and heat shrink tubing though is pricey too lol

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I also used Round Rocker toggle switches mounted in the door frame as Jim did. Very easy to install and it would be very difficult to activate the switch with an accidental bump. Found the switches on Amazon and paid $5.99 for 10 switches. Amazon.com: 10PC New 16A 12V Round Rocker Toggle Switch Blue LED SPST For All: Automotive

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Thanks for the link, Don.

What LEDs strips are people using?
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The kill switch disconnects everything BUT the solar panels. Turn the switch off (with no significant 12V load) and the voltage display on the solar controller should not change.
I think it also allows charging from the converter too. Anyone wish to clarify/poo poo this?
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It disconnects everything but the solar - break-away, converter/charger, co/lp detectors, etc.

The power distribution unit uses the same wires to charge the battery from the converter as it does to get power from the battery for the 12V power panel.
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The power distribution unit uses the same wires to charge the battery from the converter as it does to get power from the battery for the 12V power panel.
Yeah, that makes sense.
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It disconnects everything but the solar - break-away, converter/charger, co/lp detectors, etc.

The power distribution unit uses the same wires to charge the battery from the converter as it does to get power from the battery for the 12V power panel.
thanks much for the info. I will start using the kill switch when I store the trailer...even if that means that I need to reset the memory buttons on the radio when I restore the power. :-)
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Thanks for the link, Don.

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I used these - Amazon.com: Triangle Bulbs 3528-IP65-White-60L Pure White LED Strip Light, Waterproof LED Flexible Light Strip 12V with 300 SMD LED: Home Improvement
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