Originally Posted by thoer
With the battery cutoff in off position does current flow from the solar panel to the battery ? We don't have installed roof panels and the battery cut off isolates the batteries from everything. Maybe it is different with the installed panels.
I can't say for all Escape models, but my 17B connects the solar controller to the battery side of the battery cutoff switch. If I remember correctly, the feed from the 7 pin connector also goes to the battery side of the switch, so a portable panel could be plugged into the trailer connector to keep the battery charged even if it is covered or inside.