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Old 11-03-2019, 05:35 PM   #1
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Zamp Portable Solar Panel set up

I have a 2019 16' Bambi with a Zamp solar port on the A-frame for hook-up of a portable solar panel system. I have 2, 6volt AMG batteries providing the 12volt DC for the Bambi. I really like the plug and play aspect of the Zamp system. My questions are:
1. Will other portable solar system setups work with this port?
2. Is a 140 watt size portable solar system adequate for battery recharge for weekend to week long trips?

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Old 11-03-2019, 06:11 PM   #2
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Polarity is reversed with the Zamp plug, so you need to swap the positive and negative rings at the battery to use another make. (Check the polarity first) I have 140w portable and it does a great job keeping a single AGM topped off. It all depends on how much draw you have during the day.
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Old 11-03-2019, 06:20 PM   #3
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I have a 2019 16' Bambi with a Zamp solar port on the A-frame for hook-up of a portable solar panel system. I have 2, 6volt AMG batteries providing the 12volt DC for the Bambi. I really like the plug and play aspect of the Zamp system. My questions are:
1. Will other portable solar system setups work with this port?
2. Is a 140 watt size portable solar system adequate for battery recharge for weekend to week long trips?

Thanks all,
Airlock


Best case, you will probably generate 8 amps from a 140 watt panel. Therefore, you may get 40-50 amps during a sunny summer day. If you run 1 amp for 24 hours, you have used 24 Ah. Your trailer will likely use 1-2 amps doing nothing except a few lights and the refrigerator (on propane). The water pump and furnace will use a lot more.
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Old 11-14-2019, 12:06 PM   #4
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I have a 2019 16' Bambi with a Zamp solar port on the A-frame for hook-up of a portable solar panel system. I have 2, 6volt AMG batteries providing the 12volt DC for the Bambi. I really like the plug and play aspect of the Zamp system. My questions are:
1. Will other portable solar system setups work with this port?
2. Is a 140 watt size portable solar system adequate for battery recharge for weekend to week long trips?

Thanks all,
Airlock
I just went through the same exercise with my trailer. I ended up going with the Zamp 160. I found it on Amazon for $500 during a sale.

I have roof-mounted panels too but we camp in pretty dense forest areas. I like the portable so I can move it out of the shadows and into the sun. It seems to work perfectly. I am guessing you will be fine with the 140 unless you are hanging around inside your trailer all day consuming power. We are usually gone all day and don't use anything until the evening time.
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We have 200 Watts on the roof of our Airstream. We also use 160 watt suitcase portable which I connect directly to the battery through the umbilical cord. Everything works together fantastic. We have the suitcase that we can move around to follow the sun if need be.
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Starting out a 2200I honda generator may be a better investment at first. You can fall back on the generator later on when you start adding panels.
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Currently have 2018 Classic. Two 80 w panels on roof. Two 80 amp AGM batteries. Wish to purchase Portable Zamp suitcase but not sure what the Classic can handle with just plug and play? Will I need to upgrade the charge controller or anything else if the 230w Zamp is plugged in?
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Currently have 2018 Classic. Two 80 w panels on roof. Two 80 amp AGM batteries. Wish to purchase Portable Zamp suitcase but not sure what the Classic can handle with just plug and play? Will I need to upgrade the charge controller or anything else if the 230w Zamp is plugged in?
Portable suitcase solar panels typically have a built in charge controller. Therefore, you can buy any size portable and plug it into the Zamp port on the front of your Airstream. Just make sure the positive and negative coming out of the suitcase plug match how the Airstream's Zamp port is connected. If they are different, all you need to do is switch the wires from the Zamp port around on the Airstream battery.

Now, if it were my Airstream with stock solar, I would change out the solar controller. Since you are about 50 miles from my house, you could buy my old Victron 100/30 SmartSolar controller and Buss 40 circuit breaker for $150. I had to buy a Victron 100/50 and 60A breaker to handle the 600W I installed on my Globetrotter. If you install a Victron 100/30 SmartSolar controller, you can easily add two additional 100W fixed panels to your roof. Do you want a portable or would you rather upgrade your solar controller and add 200W to your roof?
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Portable suitcase solar panels typically have a built in charge controller. Therefore, you can buy any size portable and plug it into the Zamp port on the front of your Airstream. Just make sure the positive and negative coming out of the suitcase plug match how the Airstream's Zamp port is connected. If they are different, all you need to do is switch the wires from the Zamp port around on the Airstream battery.



Now, if it were my Airstream with stock solar, I would change out the solar controller. Since you are about 50 miles from my house, you could buy my old Victron 100/30 SmartSolar controller and Buss 40 circuit breaker for $150. I had to buy a Victron 100/50 and 60A breaker to handle the 600W I installed on my Globetrotter. If you install a Victron 100/30 SmartSolar controller, you can easily add two additional 100W fixed panels to your roof. Do you want a portable or would you rather upgrade your solar controller and add 200W to your roof?


Thanks for the reply and the offer. Prefer the portable so we can park in the shade (if possible) and put the portable panels in the sun.
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