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Old 06-01-2017, 12:01 PM   #1
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Question Portable solar panels

We are wanting to try out some of the portable solar panels we have seen others using with their Airstreams. We'd appreciate info on brands, ease of use, cost and anything else anyone can add that we should be aware of. Thanks in advance. We have a 25 FB 2011 Intl.
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Old 06-01-2017, 01:16 PM   #2
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My Zamp 200 works great but it is almost 50 lbs. together with 200 w on roof works great
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Zamp 160 watt portable paralleled with a 100W Renogy on the roof. Works well for us.
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Best bang for the buck is Renogy.

https://www.renogy.com/products/sola...olar-suitcase/
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I have a Renogy 100 that has worked well for us.
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If you've got a portable solar panel unit, could I ask what you run off it?

We boondock, but if it's in a place where we would want to run the AC, that would happen so seldom that it's not a factor. Generally we're pretty good for a few days out with two six-volt batteries. We do carry a Honda 2000 generator but are happy when we don't have to use it-- or bring it, for that matter. Mostly we would want to continue to run the fridge and stove exhaust fans, ceiling fans, and sometimes the furnace fan.
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Oh, and be able to recharge/plug in small electronics like a laptop and cell phone.
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Thanks for all the info. We just want the portable solar panels to keep our batteries topped out. We ordered a Renogy 100W portable folding panel today. We'll post how it works on our trip next week.
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How did the solar kit work out? I too have this question. We will be switching to 6V batteries shortly, but are curious about people's storage and use options for the portable solar, it seems like the most logical step, and avoids holes in the trailer. Do you generally leave them out when you are not on site? During travel where do you put them, how sensitive to movement are they? 2016 25' Flying Cloud FB. Thanks!
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If you've got a portable solar panel unit, could I ask what you run off it?

We boondock, but if it's in a place where we would want to run the AC, that would happen so seldom that it's not a factor. Generally we're pretty good for a few days out with two six-volt batteries. We do carry a Honda 2000 generator but are happy when we don't have to use it-- or bring it, for that matter. Mostly we would want to continue to run the fridge and stove exhaust fans, ceiling fans, and sometimes the furnace fan.
I don't run anything off the panels. I charge the batteries with the panels and run stuff off the batteries. The items in your last paragraph are doable, but you'll probably need more than a single 100W panel to keep up with that load consistently through less than optimal sun conditions.
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Our friends with a FC19 similar to ours are on their second season with a 120W Eco-Worthy they got off Amazon for about $250. Seems to work really well so we are ordering one.
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My Renogy 200 suitcase came the other day and I have been playing with it in the yard. It did a great job charging up my 2013 25FC with two 12 volt batteries it only took a couple of hours even while running a fan. Today I will setup as I would while boondocking. My goal is to keep the need to run a generator to a minimum. I plan on having the generator available to run the AC for my wife , she doesn't tolerate heat since her accident years ago. Most of our trips tend to be in the fall and spring so that helps temperature wise. I've seen a few post where people set their rigs up to be totally solar but the costs look like over kill to me. I want to be as green as the next guy but cost to benefit is not quite there.
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I have a Renegy suitcase and Goal Zero controller that includes ability to charge ---
12 volt items, USB items, and 120 volt items. I use it to top off my 6 volt house batteries (2for 12 volts), and recharge my Sondors electric bikes. Have used them for about 1 year. Seems to work well.
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I just recently purchased the Renogy 200 watt suitcase but haven't tried it yet
Paid $399 for open box but looks like brand new
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