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Old 03-14-2016, 11:11 AM   #1
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Solar panel--cover during storage of trailer?

I will be storing my Bambi 2006 off and on outdoors in Colorado sunshine. Is there any pro/con to covering the panel. I plan to disconnect the batteries. FYI the panel is wired into the circuit breaker box, not to the panel where the battery cables enter the trailer. Thanks. Ty
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Old 03-14-2016, 11:42 AM   #2
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One thought before you disconnect the batteries, we leave the solar panels exposed on both of our RVs and connected, via the solar controller, to the battery sets. The panels keep the system fully charged and, with a quality controller, can be prevented from overcharging the batteries. Those fully charged batteries can then be left in all year (as long as you clear the snow from the panels periodically.) Really depends on how you have them wired into (and out of) the converter/breaker box.

If covered, make sure there are no "flapping" materials that could collect dirt and then scratch or otherwise damage the surface of the panel(s)

We are certainly lucky to live in Colorado with such great sunshine for powering those panels!
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Old 03-14-2016, 12:03 PM   #3
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I agree, I'm in CO as well and although this is my first winter with the trailer, I leave them connected so keeps the batteries in good shape. But I upgraded my power converter to the Progressive Dynamics as well. Batteries are 4 years old and seem to be doing fine. PO did this as well.
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Old 03-14-2016, 12:07 PM   #4
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Just noticed that you didn't mention a Solar Charge Controller. Are the panes wired directly to the power converter inside the trailer? I'm not a solar expert but I think thats not the correct way. Especially if its the Parallax standard power converter, I would disconnect them. You could cook your batteries as the flow into the battery wouldn't be managed correctly.
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