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Old 07-11-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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Chassis Battery Solar Solar Panel

My chassis battery solar panel is bad (not charging) and appears to be falling apart. This is an OEM panel (Newmar) any idea where to get a replacement other than the dealer or is this a dealer item. Thanks, Jim
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:22 PM   #2
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Here is one you can use, Google for others.
The red led on dash is off??
Wiring diagram
for red led.
This panel is for parasitic loads ECM,TCM,RADIO and LP detector, off chassis batteries.
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if you can see the numbers on the back of the panel it well tell you some thing like

17v under load make sure this is not a 24v system but i am thinking its small
3 to 8 amps
just mach what you have off ebay and

if you want to go higher on the amps make sure you charge controller and take it where ever its installed in your RV

you may have to move or how its installed on the roof
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Originally Posted by 007";1638970]Here is [URL="http://pricedepot.net/retailer/sunforce-58022-sunforce-coleman-5-watt-solar-panel/pid-931888968/cid-1939/
one you can use[/URL], Google for others.
The red led on dash is off??
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Thanks 007,Yes the led dash light is off. I believe it's a 5amp panel. The ones in your link would work. Thanks, Jim
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Thanks 007,Yes the led dash light is off. I believe it's a 5 amp panel. The ones in your link would work. Thanks, Jim
It's actually a 5 watt panel; not exactly one of Newmar's better ideas.

A 15 watt panel, such as Winnebago installs, is probably a superior option. Such panels are readily available at many automotive supply stores.
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you more want to know the apms if its under 1 amp you want to do a upgrade as your RV may be pulling more then 1 amp of power

a 5 watt is only for then every thing is off in the RV

a nice 80 watt sharp 5 amp panel would work really good
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A 5 watt solar panel does little more then keep the status quo, assuming you are not losing a lot through phantom power drains. I have a 5 watt in mine and will soon be replacing it with 80 watts. Newmar should have put something bigger than 5 watt in.
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Hi camperkids,
Just because the light is off does not mean the 5 AMP solar panel is not working. One needs to take the light fixture out of the dash and take some VDC measurements. My light was out. The VDC measurements said it was passing a charge to the batteries. I confirmed this with the Newmar techs at the Tampa Super show. Put it on my list of things to have Newmar fix the next time I was in Nappanee.

Naturally, when they went to fix it they didn't have the correct parts and could not get them. They had to replace the solar panel and the light fixture in the dash. As best I understand it the light fixture is the controller.
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The 5 or 6 amp is ample for what circuit is designed, anything larger would require heavier wiring and some work on your part.
I have as others have same circuit and if you have coach plugged in all the time the Bird System will maintain all your batteries.
My chassis battery is happy and its ten years old never a problem starting even when boon docking during travels.
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