Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-27-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
Member
 
geno-heidi's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Coastal Campers
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Posts: 94
Question Solar to Battery Connect Question:??

Hello All, happy Holidays...

I have 2 new panels, 60 & 30 watt...have the wire, fuses and 2 solar controllers. I am going to use the 30w for V10 batt, hooked direct and 60w for Chassis GC batts. (also have 4-1 connectors for 60+30 to Chassis GC only, for 90 watt boondocking help)

My Dilemna: I see these "small round ring" connectors (same as on most small trickle chargers...) to end my 10awg wire to connect to regular 12v Batt Terminals, yet they are way to SMALL to go over the Pos/Neg posts?? What is a simple, yet good solid way to connect the wire ends to the Batt Posts?? Is there a special needed post attachment or something??

((using 14awg for Solar to Controllers...then 10 awg from controllers to Batt. 2004 Southwind 32v, V10 with stnd. engine batt. and 2 GC batts for coach...))
__________________

__________________
Heidi & Geno, St. Pete, FL
'04 Fltwood Southwind 32v, V10, 94 Honda Scooter
"Sammi-Jo" the dog & "kity-kitty's" 3
geno-heidi is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-27-2012, 03:04 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: seattle, wa.
Posts: 413
Send a message via Skype™ to LandKinaMoho
Any good auto parts store has battery bits and bobs :0)
__________________

__________________
1999 National Dolphin
1995 Range Rover County SWB.
Sailor, Dickens, Zooki, Koko.
LandKinaMoho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2012, 07:49 AM   #3
Member
 
geno-heidi's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Coastal Campers
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Posts: 94
Quote:
Originally Posted by LandKinaMoho View Post
Any good auto parts store has battery bits and bobs :0)
ok....thanks....is this a real answer?? "bits and bobs" ?
Any other answers, help...?
__________________
Heidi & Geno, St. Pete, FL
'04 Fltwood Southwind 32v, V10, 94 Honda Scooter
"Sammi-Jo" the dog & "kity-kitty's" 3
geno-heidi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2012, 09:58 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
BFlinn181's Avatar
 
Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 16,239
'bits and bobs' translates to 'connectors and terminals.' -Bob
__________________

Bob & Donna
'98 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager DP being pushed by a '00 Beetle TDI
BFlinn181 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2012, 11:22 PM   #5
Member
 
geno-heidi's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Coastal Campers
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Posts: 94
Thanks for translation ..., :-) :-)
__________________
Heidi & Geno, St. Pete, FL
'04 Fltwood Southwind 32v, V10, 94 Honda Scooter
"Sammi-Jo" the dog & "kity-kitty's" 3
geno-heidi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2012, 11:38 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 88
I would go higher gauge than 14 for the panel to controller. 10g would be much better.

And get the controller as close to batteries as possible.
__________________
jofo777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2012, 10:47 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: seattle, wa.
Posts: 413
Send a message via Skype™ to LandKinaMoho
As one becomes older one reverts to old english speak and yesI agree on 10 guage, also add disconnects along the way :-)



:-)
__________________
1999 National Dolphin
1995 Range Rover County SWB.
Sailor, Dickens, Zooki, Koko.
LandKinaMoho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2012, 11:43 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Shadowcatche's Avatar
 
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 1,219
Not knowing what the clamps are on your battery makes it difficult to recommend. I used ring terminals under the bolt clamping the terminal to the battery on the car. The Lifeline battery has bolts that will accommodate those same terminals. They are gold plated for use with high end automotive sound systems and I soldered them rather than using just a crimp.
Depending on the length of wire or if you plan on upgrading to more panels you may want to use larger cable i.e. a 6 or 8 ga. a good voltage drop calculator
Solar Electric Power Discussion Forum by Northern Arizona Wind & Sun
Unless they are high voltage panels you want to keep voltage drop to under 3%
__________________
Shadowcatche is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2012, 03:55 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
vito.a's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 1,531
10 gauge is not necessary. Remember, Volts x Amps =Watts. Your 60 watt panel in the noon sun during the summer is only producing 5 amps. Most of the time it is only 1-2 amps and at night is 0.
Even 14 gauge is overkill. Just connect it to your ceiling fan wire in the nearest vent. This is easy and also protects it through a fuse.
__________________

__________________
vito.a is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery, solar



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.