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Old 05-10-2015, 06:05 PM   #15
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know it been a while but was wondering if this unit can be hooked up to the bogart TM 2025 RV display system or do you want to stick with the blue sky.

The SC2030 work on 24 v panels to 24 volt batteries or 12 and 12.

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You need a solar charge controller that is rated for 24 VDC like this one: Solar Boost 3024iL MPPT | Charge Controllers

It can handle 24 VDC input with a rated 30 amp output or at 12VDC input, 40 amp output. A great controller!
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:16 PM   #16
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I have 3 100w. Mc4 connectors join up with # 6 welding cable that plugs into a lead coming from the charge controller near the batteries. Works fine.


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Old 05-26-2015, 07:53 PM   #17
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TORKLIFT Hiddenpower. Locate one or more batteries under truck bed with frame mount kit. Slick!!
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Old 05-27-2015, 03:07 PM   #18
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man you must be psychic or psycho as I was just looking at that same thing last night. I keep a catalog of RV parts the "RV 2013 Accessories" by the bed and every so often just grab it and let it flip on to what ever..

as luck would have it last night the page with tork industries showed up.. and there it was the under frame battery holder.

I do wonder how hard it is to check water etc.. looks good on paper and on the 4 post car lift as well but real world might be a different deal.

do you know of any one that is using one or two??

thanks a million for the head ups..

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Old 05-27-2015, 03:25 PM   #19
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george..
thats sound cool for sure.. how far are you going with the MC4 lines and the #6 cable to charge controller.. i guess your panels are 12 v vs 24 v.

I was thinking of one 285ish watt panel in the 24v (actually 32+v) going from truck using #8 wire of some 30-40ish feet. I like the plug deal sorta like the anderson power plugs like they use on elec fork lifts.

good idea for sure.. thanks

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I have 3 100w. Mc4 connectors join up with # 6 welding cable that plugs into a lead coming from the charge controller near the batteries. Works fine.


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Old 05-27-2015, 11:36 PM   #20
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george..
thats sound cool for sure.. how far are you going with the MC4 lines and the #6 cable to charge controller.. i guess your panels are 12 v vs 24 v.

good idea for sure.. thanks
The Renogy panels came with the mc4 connectors on them. I joined them to a connector down through the cap to a "Pollack" female two prong connector (attached to my bumper) that is used in trucking applications that can handle up to #4 welding cable.
The Bogart Engineering SC2030 controller is about 2 feet from the batteries,and the #6 PV lines run out to beside the battery box where I have one end of the Anderson connector. Then I have 25 ft of #6 cable with the Anderson on one end and the Pollak male end on the other so I can take it off the trailer as it would be too tempting for someone else to remove it for me.

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Old 05-29-2015, 06:00 PM   #21
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hey george,, what is a pollak male end.. can you get picture of the whole setup.

I was thinking along the same lines. Running a #10 wire ( i will use a 24+ volt panel) from the Mc4 end from panel on truck roof to connector coming out of trailer that continues to Charge controller sitting up near the batteries. might have to install a terminal block to accommodate the larger wires to make connection to charge controller.

Do you have any panels on your trailer as well?.. I guess if you get a large enough amp charge controller you might could run both at same time.

I gotta figure out how to make this work so just asking questions from everyone that will answer and i appreciate yours and the other that have come in.





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The Renogy panels came with the mc4 connectors on them. I joined them to a connector down through the cap to a "Pollack" female two prong connector (attached to my bumper) that is used in trucking applications that can handle up to #4 welding cable.
The Bogart Engineering SC2030 controller is about 2 feet from the batteries,and the #6 PV lines run out to beside the battery box where I have one end of the Anderson connector. Then I have 25 ft of #6 cable with the Anderson on one end and the Pollak male end on the other so I can take it off the trailer as it would be too tempting for someone else to remove it for me.

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Old 05-29-2015, 08:33 PM   #22
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hey george,, what is a pollak male end.. can you get picture of the whole setup.

I was thinking along the same lines. Running a #10 wire ( i will use a 24+ volt panel) from the Mc4 end from panel on truck roof to connector coming out of trailer that continues to Charge controller sitting up near the batteries. might have to install a terminal block to accommodate the larger wires to make connection to charge controller.

Do you have any panels on your trailer as well?.. I guess if you get a large enough amp charge controller you might could run both at same time.

I gotta figure out how to make this work so just asking questions from everyone that will answer and i appreciate yours and the other that have come in.
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I believe I got them from etrailer.com.
I only have the 3 100W panels on the canopy and that has been plenty because we are not heavy electrical users.


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Old 05-30-2015, 08:07 AM   #23
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OK cool thanks

the pollick plug is a two prong deal,, look like a 7 pin but a bit smaller?..
the anderson plug i am familiar with I do like that pollick plug as it looks to be a bit more weather resistant closed than an anderson plug hung off the back.

Pollak Heavy-Duty, 4-Pole, Round Pin Socket, Concealed Terminals - Chrome - Vehicle End Pollak Wiring PK11410

found it.. looks like the deal for sure.

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OK cool thanks

the pollick plug is a two prong deal,, look like a 7 pin but a bit smaller?..
the anderson plug i am familiar with I do like that pollick plug as it looks to be a bit more weather resistant closed than an anderson plug hung off the back.

Pollak Heavy-Duty, 4-Pole, Round Pin Socket, Concealed Terminals - Chrome - Vehicle End Pollak Wiring PK11410

found it.. looks like the deal for sure.

thanks again.
You'll want the 2 pin. The male and female ends are bought separately, made of metal ( not chrome)and are larger than the 7 and 4 pins.
It was etrailer as I checked and they still sell them. I believe they are good for up to # 4 welding cable?



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Just found this post and I'm a little confused
My wife is absolutely dead set against putting panels on top of our 55 fc. She had the brilliant idea of putting panels on the TV shell instead so I went searching for info and something HIHO said confused me. Is it a bad idea to keep a couple of batteries in the truck bed wired to a solar charger/controller to supplement the 2 in the trailer and if so,WHY?
We boondock almost exclusively and are often away from the trailer during extended periods of the day with the TV and this seems like a great way to increase battery power without having to run the genny to charge batteries.
In several older SOB rigs I have had a second under hood battery on an isolator plugged in to supplement power when running the furnace etc without noticeable problems.
Planning on starting my new wiring install soon and any preinstall planning advise is appreciated
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