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Old 02-03-2009, 02:48 PM   #1
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Hello all, I own a Class-C Fleetwood Jamboree GT [Model 31w] RV. I believe the factory solar charging regulator has failed because the solar charger has boiled the water out of both the batteries and ruined them. I replaced the batteries after unplugging the solar panel from the wiring harness above the A/C unit and the batteries are fine now.

If anyone has any info on where I can find this regulator to replace it, I've be very grateful.

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Old 02-03-2009, 06:35 PM   #2
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It may not have one.

It's a bit hard to believe the factory standard solar panel can deliver enough amps to ruin a battery. The voltage can get high (as much as 16v in some of them), but it takes a large solar panel(over 40 watts) to produce much amperage. A 40 watt solar panel produces only about 3 amps @ 13-15v in full sun. If I recall correctly, the factory panel on a Jamboree or Tioga is only about 12-15 watts, so that would be about 1 amp. Barely a trickle.
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Hello and thanks very much for the reply. The original solar panel died 2 years ago so I replaced it. The one I installed has the following specs:

Specifics:

Power (max): 13.5 watts
Voltage (min): 16.8 volts
Voltage voc: 18 volts
Current (max) Isc: 500mA
Cells in series: 36 pcs
Panel size: (mm) : 383 x 360 x 25 (inches): 15 1/16 x 14 3/16 x 1"
Weight : 1.6 kg, 3 1/2 lbs
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eBay purchase link: http://cgi.ebay.com/13-5w-SOLA...sidZp1742.m153.l1262

The panel worked great all last year, then the batteries cooked over the winter. That's why I assumed the charge controller had failed. Maybe they were cooking the whole time and I never knew it. I guess it was stupid of me to assume my coach would have a charge controller when it had a factory solar panel. I'm still learning about all this.

So is the consensous then that there is no controller and I need to install one? If so, can you recommend one for the above panel?

I'd be very grateful for any advice you could offer.

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I would not think a charge controller is necessary at that low of an output. That solar panel will not deliver very close to 500 mA to a 12 volt system. However water level should still be checked regularly anyway.
What types of batteries are in your RV? 6 volt or 12 volt?
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There is nothing for a controller to do with only a 500 milliamp output, so it is very unlikely you have one. And 500ma isn't going to cook your batteries either, even 24/7, so you surely have some other problem.

You mentioned the problem occurred over the winter. Was this while in storage in a cold climate or were you camped somewhere in the sun belt? The solar panel would not have been putting out much charging current at all in a northern winter.

How often do you check the battery water and how long does it take to boil off enough to expose the tops of the plates?
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