Originally Posted by idnative1948
Welcome from another Idahoan!
With your handle I figured you would be out in the mountains for sure. We were out in October for two weeks and the elk were waaay high even after a couple of storms. Brother and I ended up with our bucks, but that was it. Glad to see you post up your solar adventures as I am looking for something for our current TT.
The setup I have worked great "for me". I do plan on making a few changes to it for the future. I still want to move the Charge Controller into the trailer rather than on the back of the panels. This will make the run from the controller to the batteries shorter which will reduce the power loss and keep the Controller protected from weather. It will also allow me to monitor the system from inside the trailer where it should be!
All this being new to me I wanted to try it out this year just to see if I was going to gain anything before I invested any more time and money into it. Now I'll trace down the wiring from the soar ready plug on the trailer and find a place to mount the controller.
If your TT is solar ready it is probably similar to mine if not It wouldn't take a lot to set it up for plug & play connections. Renogy has had some problems with the controller not being weather proof even though it is somewhat protected from the weather (another reason I want to move mine inside).
They do sell the suitcase with or without the controller. The prices seam to jump all around and if you watch the Renogy website and also watch Amazon the prices vary sometimes quite a bit. I ordered the 100 watt suitcase with the 30 Amp Adventure Charge Controller from Amazon ($265) and it was shipped straight from Renogy. Go figure I guess it's marketing!
One of the guys has a 45 watt H.F. panel that he used. It didn't work well with the overcast days we had (the stormy weather you mentioned) it is also twice the size of my Renogy suitcase 100 watt. He was jealous so I got to rub it in a little! Of course he didn't pay as much for his either!
They are where you find them! With the warm weather this year the Elk were either High or in the deep dark creek bottoms. Hard to get to and even harder to get out! That's why they call it "Hunting I Guess"!
Your welcome to P.M. me if you would like to trade ideas for a Solar setup for your trailer. Where are you located in Idaho?