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Old 03-03-2018, 03:09 PM   #1
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Hi. Is anyone using a portable solar kit? What brand? Any tips on purchasing one? Thanks for your help.

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Old 03-03-2018, 05:26 PM   #2
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Zamp 120 love it easy to use just clamp on battery. Fold away in storage case. P
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Old 03-03-2018, 05:26 PM   #3
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Mine is a homebrew, details when I get home
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Old 03-03-2018, 05:26 PM   #4
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oops.. meets all my power needs.
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Old 03-03-2018, 05:39 PM   #5
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For the best bang for the buck check out Renogy. I am a happy customer.
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Old 03-03-2018, 05:43 PM   #6
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If you have a newer trailer, the trailer has a plug right by the batteries for a Zamp unit. Super easy to use. The 100 watt units are easy to handle. The 200 watt units get a little unwieldy solo. Not impossible, but bigger to move, store and manage. Zamp seems to be the preferred brand, but there are others out there.
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Old 03-03-2018, 07:16 PM   #7
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Search Ebay for Renogy Solar Suitcase, the factory often has some good deals direct. We have 200, as someone said earlier, works great but it is a little heavy.
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We have a 90 watt Overland (Washington company) and we’re happy with it but wish we had more watts for winter.
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If you do a little research, you can have a lot better portable system if you do it yourself. I'll include pictures here with what I came up with. I have 3 - 100 watt flexible panels with 75 feet of cable that will plug into the front to the trailer's solar connector. Most solar controllers (including the ones that come with a lot of portable systems, are not waterproof. I used the weather tight box, with two .15 amp fans, to house my controller. I also used a MPPT controller for more efficiency. Now all this is not necessary, but I've got only $600 in the project and it produces way more power than the Zamp portable.

You do learn a lot about solar building your own, which is a good thing.
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I have the 200 watt Zamp portable unit and am very happy with it. That said, I think it is overpriced.

Don't forget you get a solar credit on your US income taxes of 30%.
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Thank you all for your input! I pick up my 2018 19 foot Tommy Bahama next week. It does have an SAE connector for a portable solar panel. I am leaning towards the 100 watt Renogy suit case. I am upgrading from a 1959 FAN trailer. I will be on this forum often. I have concerns over the electric awning. I hope it is not troublesome. There are conflicting instructions on how to manually close it.
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Here's a cool portable idea.


FLEXIBLE SOLAR PANEL WINDOW AWNING Battery Charging System [DIY Project IDEA]
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