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Old 04-08-2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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suggestion for solar battery charger for '99 Trop-Cal


i am looking for a solar battery charger for our new-to-us '99 trop-cal.

the roof top charger does not seem to work too well. seems to have read about this being a problem for some other folks with similar units.

looked for a FAQ about this...looked at CW website and the choices seem a bit bewildering...tried browsing the posts...

...thanks to this website i read somewhere that you have to be careful not to over charge your batteries/you need to have the correct size watt solar charger/need to watch the water level/ use distilled water/etc.

i would appreciate some insight and suggestion to keeping my batteries happy.

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Old 04-08-2012, 09:23 PM   #2
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Need details. Most solar cells on the top of RVs do not have enough current output to harm the RV batteries. You would need a really large panel to warrant concern, hence the need for details.

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Old 04-08-2012, 09:38 PM   #3
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:01 PM   #4
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I replaced my small roof panel. I don't know how similar my '05 setup is to your '99, but here is a LINK to a thread where I posted a circuit setup. I put a 60w panel on the roof with a basic Morningstar controller in line to control the charging. It has worked well for three years now.
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