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Old 07-18-2020, 11:32 PM   #1
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Solar problems

I happily bought an Escape trailer from someone in the group here. And after the purchase was completed the seller was gracious enough to run through some things about the trailer (like a mini orientation). Unfortunately, my wife and I were in a rush, and I probably said something along the lines of ' I'll figure it out ' ... Yea no. I can't figure it out. Lol

So have the Solar 30 display (picture attached) to our solar panels on the roof, and I don't know if they were ever charging the battery. We've never went on a long trip where we would have every drained the battery to begin with and we were always super conservative in our power consumption.

Anyways I digress.

The solar has been 'on' for a few days (at home) and the display now shows 9. So I don't think it is charging at all.

Plus. When looking at the display it shows (attached). Just the battery face and nothing else.

Any help or direction would be appreciated, cause I don't know where to start. Lol.
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Old 07-18-2020, 11:45 PM   #2
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Also I was getting a solar panel sign flickering which per the instructions states.

"If the Solar Panel Icon is blinking or flickering, it means the controller does not detect the existence of
solar panels. Check that all the connections with the solar panels are making good contact and are in good
condition. Check the connection terminals on the controller for any open-circuit conditions."

But if I were power down the battery then turn them back on after a moment it wouldn't flicker for an hour or so...

Sorry for the rookie questions here lol

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Old 07-19-2020, 01:50 AM   #3
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Looks like this one which the owner added at some point. Since I have a feeling no one here has the same you might be obn your own. To start you might try checking the battery/s. Have you checked the fluid levels? You can also check the voltage level across them. What voltage do you see when you plug the trailer into city power?
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Old 07-19-2020, 05:58 AM   #4
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That display 9.8 could be volts. Have you tried pushing any of the yellow buttons to change the display? Please report back as others may have the same unit. Also please update your avatar to reflect your Escape model and year. What about paperwork, did the prior owner include a packet?
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Old 07-19-2020, 08:03 AM   #5
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Get a voltmeter and measure the voltage on the solar panel wire leads ( first two terminals on the controller on the left). With sunshine, they should read 14-17 volts DC. If they do, your solar controller is bad. If they don't, there is a problem with the solar panels - bad panel, wiring disconnected, etc.

By the way, 9.8 volts on your battery is way too low - you are probably going to have buy new ones in the near future.

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