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Old 05-07-2016, 06:30 PM   #1
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no shore power... no generator...

so i am wondering if anyone has there rig set up to use the battery alone with solar panel....

i believe you can get an inverter to hook to the battery...? and then color panels to recharge that battery? or does that not work?

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Old 05-07-2016, 08:18 PM   #2
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You also need a charge controller.. to regulate the power going into the batteries.. and to keep the solar panels from discharging the batteries overnight..
Under community above there is a link for RVing with solar

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Old 05-07-2016, 10:41 PM   #3
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Many, many people on this site do just what you are talking about, including me. The only issue you might run into is if you want to run high draw devices from the batteries, such as the air conditioner. Also, depending on where you live you may not get as much sun as people who live in say, in Arizona. Most of us do have some type of generator that we bring along as backup...just in case. We have a Yamaha 2000Watt generator, which will NOT run the air conditioner, it will run the microwave and anything else though, if we end up with several days of rain or something.
Check out this link, to give you an idea what it is all about.
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Old 05-09-2016, 07:58 PM   #4
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Our Jayco (2016 23MRB) is prewired for a Zamp, and that's what we got. There are less expensive ones, but we decided to go with what the trailer wanted. ;-) So we got the 160 watt one, and when we're dry camping, it gives us enough battery, even in shady daylight, to use the lights at night, and run the stereo. We don't aim to use the microwave, or charge the phone, so .... We are happy with the Zamp.
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