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Old 02-15-2018, 02:20 PM   #1
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50watt Solar install

I'm new here and just purchased my first AS. I wanted to install a solar panel to keep my batteries charged but didn't feel comfortable attaching them to the roof. At least not yet, maybe down the road. I bought a 50 watt solar panel with charger and wires from Renogy. I decided to try installing it to the top of the lpg lid so I could use the hinge of the lid to tilt the panel when needed. I installed the controller in the battery box.
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That'll work for battery maintenance (and that's about it) providing the front of the trailer is pointed south(ish)
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That'll work for battery maintenance (and that's about it) providing the front of the trailer is pointed south(ish)
It does point exactly south with a clear view. I want to add more solar in the future, but not sure if i want to mount on the roof or go with a portable unit (maybe a combo). I was just looking for a way to dip my toes in the solar usage by keeping my batteries fully charged while it sits in my driveway. I figured this install was the least intrusive while still being fully functional.
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It does point exactly south with a clear view. I want to add more solar in the future, but not sure if i want to mount on the roof or go with a portable unit (maybe a combo). I was just looking for a way to dip my toes in the solar usage by keeping my batteries fully charged while it sits in my driveway. I figured this install was the least intrusive while still being fully functional.
Yup, I did the same thing for awhile, although I had to bungee it above the door on the roof edge to get the southern exposure. Mine was only 15 watt. It worked for summer batt maintenance, but was woefully low for winter maintenance. 50 watt minimum up in the northern climes.
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There are several portable fold up 120watt units available at a very reasonable price

Check out the Eco Worthy unit on eBay or Amazon,,under $250 and works very well,I've had mine for over two years
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