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Old 03-24-2016, 06:32 PM   #1
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Ok just wanting a simple capable panel to keep the batteries up while in outdoor storage. Bought a NP 20w amorphous panel at Northern Tools and a 8amp controller. Not sure now if I want an amorphous or other types. Live in the MW probably won't do much dry camping and if so no more than a night or two perhaps. Hope to use existing wire from abandoned 5w on roof, or just keep it simple and lay it in the window and plug it into the 12v plug as equipped and if so the amorphous will probably work just fine or position it outside in the direction as needed at a campsite.


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Make sure your windows Di not block the uv light that the panel likes.

Do use the existing on roof after confirming good and suitable.

Just clean it sometimes.
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20w is OK if your want to keep your car battery up while not in use, as for a MH with 4 house batteries and two chassis batteries you need at less a 100 w panel and that just to keep a simple 5 to 6 amp charge. Also with only 20w you really do not need a 8 amp controller, 20 w will barely give you 1 to 2 amp in full sunlight at best, no controller needed, that what we call a treacle charge for 1 battery.
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I installed a 50 watt with two controllers coming off a dropped 12 gage circuit conductors and connected to house and chassis battery banks. woks great!
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Ok just wanting a simple capable panel to keep the batteries up while in outdoor storage. Bought a NP 20w amorphous panel at Northern Tools and a 8amp controller. Not sure now if I want an amorphous or other types. Live in the MW probably won't do much dry camping and if so no more than a night or two perhaps. Hope to use existing wire from abandoned 5w on roof, or just keep it simple and lay it in the window and plug it into the 12v plug as equipped and if so the amorphous will probably work just fine or position it outside in the direction as needed at a campsite.


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I run my generator for a few hours every month to keep it in good shape. I find that this is enough to keep my batteries at adequate charge level.
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Well so far the winter has been easy on us this yr and I have taken the coach back to the house to plug in a couple of times and once down the highway a short distance for some propane. When checking the batteries periodically they are around 12.3-12.5 not sure how long they can stay at that.


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