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Old 04-09-2016, 02:41 PM   #1
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Solar for storage

Hey all,
New to your forum figured I'd ask... I store our Toy Hauler about 2-3 months at a time. In order to keep my batts up, (4 @ 6v) I have to hook up and drag it to a power source about once a month. I am now interested in doing a solar panel. I understand I will still have to top off the water, and if I get a controller panel that will not allow an overcharge all should be good, yes??
With this in mind can I get some feedback on the better units and were to buy. Seems panel construction is an constantly evolving thing I just hate to buy old technology.
Install is not an issue.

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Old 04-09-2016, 04:04 PM   #2
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Chris, panel construction is fairly constant. I do see some rigs with small panels just for the purpose you describe, suction-cup mounted on the cap.

In the event that you want to go a less expensive route, consider installing a real battery disconnect and then the rig can sit for months.

Outside of that, adding panels and a "smart" charger and you're good.. Smart chargers will mean that you don't have to add water frequently.

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Old 04-09-2016, 04:24 PM   #3
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I was looking at a Go Power GP-RV 160. Probably WAY more than what I need.
Is there a complete kit that has the "smart" charger and small solar panel + MC4 Cable that you mentioned... I would like it hard wired not a suction cup portable but more permanent. Maybe a brand you could recommend.
BTW Good call on the disconnect, I have a pergo switch that pulled off a boat that would be perfect!
Thank you,
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:41 PM   #4
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I installed the GoPower 160 for my 2 6v golf cart batteries on my fiver back in December. My rig sets 3-6 weeks at a time between trips. Plus, I have a residential fridge that I needed to be able to run without draining the batteries down in the event of several hour stop overs while sight seeing. In addition, I wanted to be able to run the slides in and out at the storage lot or use the Big Foot leveling without draining the battery below 100% for running the fridge prior to leaving.
Result with the GoPower 160 with GoPower controller??? AWESOME. Very pleased and its doing just as I had hoped. The controller is a "smart controller" and can also charge 2 individual battery banks. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:50 PM   #5
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The GoPower 160 kit is a nice system, easily expandable to 500 watts in the future. GoPower is good stuff !!

Here are a few more options for you, a 100w kit is more than enough to keep your batteries topped up as described.....
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If you are running Trojans or may want trojans in the future go with a controller that has adjustable voltage that goes to 14.8 volts. I would also go with temp compensation. I'm not running trojans but still charge at 14.8

If you just want your batteries to stay charged while stored get a blue seas battery disconnect. A fully charged battery will be fine for several months. Though you will never be sorry about having solar.
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Old 04-12-2016, 05:30 PM   #7
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Thanks so much for the input... Been doing my homework and the 14.8v is correct for the Trojans. I see the morningstar Tristar has the ability to do just that with dip switches. I also was interested in the Bogart Eng. 2030 series I will call them tomorrow and see if there unit is adjustable. For sure a temp sensor and a monitor to go with the charger and a shunt.
A buddy of mine gave me two panels there 45w 15v 3amp panels. For free it's great! The more I get into this the more I want to go big... Well not to big but I would like an expandable system.
My 4 6v batteries are getting old there Interstates so I am thinking now would be a good time to get the Trojans, not really sure which one's?

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