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Old 06-10-2016, 09:18 AM   #15
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Any update on the 15W Battery Minder Solar panels? Thinking about them.

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Old 06-10-2016, 09:26 AM   #16
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Phantom loads include CO sensor as well as the sub-woofer and the television (instant on feature). I installed a switch for the power to the sub-woofer and installed a new duplex outlet where one side was the switch for the outlet to kill power to the television. Also the thermostat and all the appliance control circuit boards could draw a small amount of power.

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Originally Posted by beachbouy View Post
I have attempted using a 7 Watts Solar Panel Battery Charger and it just is not enough to maintain the batteries while in storage evening with a top post battery master disconnect switch.

We generally store for a month before next trip and the 7 watt charger just is not enough to maintain both batteries.

I need suggestions for what would be a trouble free, sure thing, solar charger for the batteries as my arm gets tired cranking the jack when the batteries are dead.

Once on shore power the batteries charge BUT I beleive they have gone dead too many times and I should probably replace... they are Interstate Deep Cycle and the water level is fine.

Sometime shortly I will be adding solar and a good inverter but not sure who should do the work here in southern Florida... Our AS is prewired for solar.

Thoughts? Smartass comments are also welcome.
You've got a substantial investment in your trailer why not get a serious portable solar panel ....something like a RAMP Go Power 120 Watt Unit? About $650 and they do a wonderful job. My trailer is stored on our property about 1/4 mile from the house so there is no shore power available. The portable solar unit works very very well.
I understand that taking batteries to the "mat" several times will reduce their life cycle but yours are on a 2016 trailer like mine. They should be still good to go. Also,when stored are you "turning off the battery cutoff switch"?

Good luck with your issues.


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