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Old 02-27-2013, 11:40 AM   #51
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I used a 30 amp marine receptical and SunSaver controller.
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Brian the receptical is not NEMA L5-30...but NEMA 5-20P straight plug. It is very unlikely that 120AC can be connected due to the blade configuration and the fact that only my well versed wife and I ever fools around our RV & boat.
Okay, not the common 30 amp, instead the still standard but much less common 20 amp. Any straight 20 amp cable would plug in, but with that connector not being used for AC on the trailer I can see that's very unlikely. Although campsites sometimes have 20 amp service, I've never heard of any actually using 5-20 connectors with an RV.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:20 PM   #52
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I Googled Park Power and they are made by Marinco. The part numbers are:

Plug - 5369RV
Receptacle - 200BBIW-RV (20 amp)

Our local RV dealer stocks Marinco stuff so I'm going to see if they can get these for me. This will take care of the trailer end of the cable run. Now to figure out the panel end. Not enough room for the above setup.

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Old 02-27-2013, 12:41 PM   #53
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All though I am no expert or EE, I have used lots of solar panels for industrial projects powering equipment at remote locations.
Others may have their own opinions or be more knowledge.

Monocrystaline silicon panels are abit more expensive and they give more bang for the buck at first use. But it seems in the long run don't seem to last as long or maybe I just fell for an inferior panel. I now stick with a manufacture and type that has worked well for my applications. There are trade offs.

Who knows which panel type and manufacture Escape Industries is installing on the roof? Poly has sections of mixed silicon in rows and Mono is identified by individual square cells in a group.

Keeping the panel surface helps greatly. Sea birds can shut you down in stationary locations. If you see your output fall off some, inspect & clean your surface first.

Some cheap built panels have a soft laminate surface which makes them prone to fail in my opinion. Maybe 303 would help.

Shop around, you may find the electrical materials cheaper to save cost. I already had most of it "rat packed" away which swayed my decisions.

Having said all this, I still like instant/reliable Honda power. Just one more option to use. Which makes me no tree hugger!
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:45 PM   #54
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Don't get me wrong, I like the stuff too and do use it but I think there are those who think it should be used for everything.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:39 PM   #55
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Who knows which panel type and manufacture Escape Industries is installing on the roof? Poly has sections of mixed silicon in rows and Mono is identified by individual square cells in a group.
Escape uses a 95 watt monocrystalline panel distributed by GoPower. 95 watt Solar Module | GPElectric

I have an 80 watt multicrystalline panel manufactured by BP on my Escape 5.0 which I bought and had Escape install for me during the build process and it has worked very well. I have a GoPower 300 watt pure sine inverter which gives me all the 120 volts I will ever need for my toys. This inverter can also be remote switch wired using just a regular light switch so their is no phantom draw from the inverter when you are not using it which is an added bonus.

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Old 02-27-2013, 07:19 PM   #56
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This just keeps getting better. I went down to our local RV dealer to order the Marinco receptacle and plugs mentioned in my previous post. Both have been discontinued. The only ones still available are the ones that will accept a standard 120-volt extension cord. Not a good idea. So, it's back to the $50 trolling motor pair. GEESH !

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Old 02-27-2013, 11:24 PM   #57
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Hi Doug,

Go to AdventureRV.net $17.89 US + shipping
item# S068-558987
The plug can be bought at a hardware or big box builder store

Barry...Sweet setup! I also enjoyed your photos. Bring your camera to Texas.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:21 PM   #58
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Doug,

I contacted Marinco and they are not discontinued. Renee Baye, a customer service rep suggested sending your zip code and they would provide a distributor for purchase.
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Thanks, Dave. I don't know why our store here was told they were discontinued. I won't need to pursue it because I will be picking up a set of the trolling motor connectors tomorrow.

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