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strawbarry 04-19-2015 10:01 AM

Solar Install
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I have had a solar battery charging setup for several years that I used when tent camping. I removed the workings and installed them into my 5.0.Attachment 10289Compartment I put equipment into.

Attachment 10290The panel before install.

Attachment 10291After install and wiring. The pentametric batt monitor is visable on the right of the photo.

Attachment 10292Inlet for solar panel connection.
The original converter/charger is now one source for charging the batteries, solar is the other.

JPCAR 04-19-2015 01:03 PM

Nice install. Did you mount the solar panel(s)? If so, do you have any pics?

strawbarry 04-19-2015 02:00 PM

My panel is portable. Allows trailer to be in the shade while panel is in the sun. Connected by 20A drop cords, allows infinate distance from camper to find sun.

Brian B-P 04-19-2015 03:09 PM

Very tidy. :)
What type of connector is behind that solar power inlet cover?

Daubsy 04-19-2015 03:19 PM

Very nice. I want to do something like this but have no experience. Is it difficult? How much does it cost and how long did it take? Do you have any wiring diagrams?

oldclimber 04-19-2015 04:23 PM

A very impressive piece of work--and something that will be well used during your adventures! May you always find a bright patch of sun wherever you go~

fudge_brownie 04-19-2015 04:41 PM

Very nice solar install. Parts of it has a familiar look to it. I assume you are using a marine inlet for the plug mounted on the outside of the trailer?

I see a really big shunt, perhaps it is the photo. Are you using a Trimetric Battery Monitor?

The black box in the lower right of the Escape install has some big wire, can I guess that is an inverter. You must have been doing some elaborate tent camping to have all those circuit breakers, it appears you are only using three in the current install? Were you powering 3-4 sites or perhaps the entire campground?

What is your portable panel in watts and how do you transport it?

Brian B-P 04-19-2015 08:20 PM


Originally Posted by fudge_brownie (Post 90264)
I see a really big shunt, perhaps it is the photo. Are you using a Trimetric Battery Monitor?

Apparently close - this is the caption for the second photo:

Originally Posted by strawbarry (Post 90235)
The pentametric batt monitor is visable on the right of the photo.

... and indeed in the photo there is a Bogart PentaMetric PM-101-CE Ethernet computer interface. The Trimetric is another Bogart product line.

strawbarry 04-20-2015 05:51 PM


The inlet is a nema 5 20P 120 V with ground. Conntek NEMA 5-20P 20-Amp 125V Charger Inlet with White Cover from amazon. Having a blade at 90 degrees to the hot blade should eliminate most drop cords, and making a habit to leave the breaker feeding the sunsaver mppt off will also help.

Every circuit in the trailer is supplied by the breakers you see on the panel. The converter is an input which can be switched off. The battery is always connected to the buss on the board.

strawbarry 04-20-2015 06:05 PM


No inverter, struggled with that during the build sheet. I decided for any off grid I would you 12V dc appliances.

Currently I have 4 12v panels in two banks of two. They input to the sunsaver at 24V 70 watts each, for a total 140W. They have to ride in the truck, and they are very cumbersom. I plan to purchase a 225 W 43v panel which should ride on the bed. 200 watts is all the sunsaver can use at 12v. If necessary I can move to 24V and use 400 watts of solar, however I would then need a 24 to 12 converter to feed the trailer. Don't plan on doing that unless this setup fails to meet my needs.

There are three shunts, a 500A, and 2 100A. The 500 is the main battery and the 100A are the solar charger and WFCO converter.

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