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Old 11-27-2020, 05:05 PM   #1
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Solar Panel

The solar panel on my 1997 Fleetwood Southwind is basically non existing
there is about a 3" piece on top of the front ac unit.
I bought the RV 5 months ago and i am in the process of updating Her.
My question is; Is it worth replacing the solar panel or just remove it.
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Old 11-27-2020, 05:26 PM   #2
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Worth it depends on you and how you RV.

I personally would not be without solar, but it would be more than a single panel.

I would suspect based on the type of panel and your question it is likely not worth replacing it in your case. I do not know how that one is wired, but at best it is likely the equivalent a trickle charger.
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Old 11-27-2020, 05:36 PM   #3
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Thank You Being That old I am sure You are correct.
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Old 11-27-2020, 06:15 PM   #4
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If you can do some.sluethin and see what type and amperage of your solar controller is you may be able.to replace it for trickle charging
Most likely replacing everything in the system including wiring to upgrade later would make things more effiecient... project. Down the road maybe?
Is there a solar display inside the motorhome for the solar? Might help in identifying things

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Old 11-27-2020, 07:24 PM   #5
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There is no solar display but a ceiling vent that has solar on it that i have not dropped yet.
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Old 11-27-2020, 09:28 PM   #6
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That panel is some where between 5-15 watts. It was on all those older Fleetwood products, including mine. It charges the chassis battery only. The LED on the front AC cover is just a display for you to see if the panel is working. There is no controller for that small panel.
If you coach is plugged in during storage, the panel is unnecessary.
If your coach sits in the sun unplugged, then 100 watts and a controller will keep both chassis and house batteries charged.
When your battery control canter (BCC) see 13.4 volts on either battery bank, it will close the isolator relay and all batteries will charge. If your system is working properly.

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