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Old 05-18-2013, 05:16 PM   #29
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Everything tested fine, the solar panel must be working because with the disconnect switch on I was getting 13.3+ v when I turned the disconnect switch off it actually climbed to 14. When I turned on the light it dropped back to 13.2. It appears everything is working fine but I don't believe the solar panel is enough to Handel the draw from the items that run when the coach is parked for a long period of time.

I hat the disconnect switch on all day and the v went to 13.1, I shut the switch off for the evening and will check it tomorrow after the sun is out for a while to see if it re charges.

I appreciate the help, Thanks Ken
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The test you did was volts
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The test you did was volts
I will test the amps tomorrow, thanks
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Sorry about my truncated last post, couldn't get it edited.

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The test you did was volts, which is ok and gave you some data. With a 0.7v raise when disconnected is quite large if you had all interior items turned off manually when testing with disconnect on and off.

The proper test would be an amperage test as described earlier. I can cover that again if you wish. At this point, it's clear you should always use the disconnect when not in or using the coach.

An amperage test would give you accurate info as to the actual power draw (volts is only pressure, not flow) which would tell you the power the safety systems were using. You could also measure the power input by the solar panel to really see if it can keep up. However, this is getting down to the nitty gritty and you can certainly figure this out over time just checking voltage.
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