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Old 09-20-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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I was discussing solar panels with a buddy at work. He said to make sure the solar panels for the escape 21 i'm buying is the silicon type of panels that have a 10 year life span. If it's the cheaper type of solar panels it's life span is only about 2 years. I'm not sure which type of panels are offered on the ecscape trailers, anyone know this? He also said if they are the longer lasting silicon type, it's a good deal with them installed. He said you can purchase (which he has) a portable unit that around 40 watts for 50 dollars locally. You'd have to get your self a couple of them, but 100 dollars and not permanently mounted might be the way to go. This is a great option for those who have a trailer without the solar mounted already.

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Old 09-20-2013, 10:33 AM   #2
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I believe the solar panels Escape installs are the "good" kind as most are still in operation. The manufacturer is Carmanah .
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:28 PM   #3
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The solar panels are monocrystalline and made from silicon

Monocrystalline Solar Panels: Advantages and Disadvantages

This is a link to the solar panels installed by Escape.

http://gpelectric.com/products/retreat-solar-kit
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:05 AM   #4
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:38 AM   #5
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Thanks for your responses. The take i'm receiving from you is, the solar panels offered are a worthy upgrade.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:41 AM   #6
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Thanks for the sites 182, this is really what I was looking for.

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Old 09-21-2013, 01:53 PM   #7
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Since we are on the topic of solar Panel, I like to ask the experts a question that is it necessary to install a transfer switch when you have a 1500W inverter installed by the Escape factory. What I need to know is that when I connect the trailer power cord to shore power at a campsite and also have the solar panel charger switched on? Thanks
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Whether you need a transfer switch depends on how you set up the output of the inverter. In my case I added a separate receptacle for the inverter so no transfer switch. If you want to power some of the same receptacles with the inverter that are normally powered by shore power, a transfer switch is necessary.

Some individuals use an adapter to plug the trailer's 30 amp power cord into the inverter, thus powering the entire trailer. If you do this it is important that you turn off the high draw devices such as an air conditioner, electric water heater, etc, and insure that there is no power to the converter.

As to charging, you can charge the battery(ies) from multiple sources. For example, charging from the solar panel & the converter works fine, as does from the solar panel and the tow vehicle through the 7 way connector.
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Jon,
Thanks for the info. You're advise is well taken. I appreciated your contribution to the fiberglass forum. I knew your the authority in RV electrical issue.
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You might want to ask how they are epoxied on now and what type compared to the past. Mother nature can produce some heavy winds.

"I have had two solar panels blown off my trailer"

Unique problems - no warranty?
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