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Old 08-17-2015, 08:08 PM   #11
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We have the rooftop solar (and two 6v batteries) and have been away fro three weeks and had plenty of power for our needs. I am intrigued at the idea of a port to be able to use a portable panel as well as I think the time for more solar capture will be in the spring and fall when we use more power and there is less sun. Too late for us to add this but has anyone added a port post build, or found a way to connect into the fixed panel.
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:15 PM   #12
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I'm no expert, and I don't have a roof top solar panel, but I just connect my portable panel to the battery terminals with alligator clips. Easy, because the battery on my 17 is on the rear bumper.
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Old 08-17-2015, 09:26 PM   #13
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I believe Jon V has several posts on his, as well as HFT (hotfishtacos) on his install.
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:59 PM   #14
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We have the rooftop solar
I am intrigued at the idea of a port to be able to use a portable panel as well
has anyone added a port post build, or found a way to connect into the fixed panel.
Like you I have the solar panel off my prior unit.
And in the off season, when the sun is low on the horizon, is when the furnace is used the most.
I hope the two 6 volts are up to the task of running the furnace overnight and I'm concerned about topping up the batteries in the daytime. I hope an additional, panel will help.

What I had done on my prior rig was run a cable, just white lampcord out the AC shore power plug hole.
I used Deans remote control car battery plugs to connect the cable to the panel to this. The deans connectors are very small, very sturdy and easily take 30 amps.

The problem then becomes the inside wiring up to the back of the solar controller. The panels are added in parallel with the rooftop unit. I don't yet know how to do this part.
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Old 08-18-2015, 02:08 AM   #15
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Hi John .... you may want to Google up voltage drop charts to see what you are loosing (or not) on your lamp cord leads off your portable panels. I usually use the charts for wire gauge with less than 3% drop for the length of cords used. Some charts are for "round trip" electrons and some for one way.


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Old 08-18-2015, 12:43 PM   #16
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I think I have found the solution to my question of how to add a portable solar panel to my existing fixed one without an installed solar port. This from gopowers web site:

http://gpelectric.com/files/gpelectr...stallation.pdf
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