Jayco RV Owners Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-15-2016, 05:00 PM   #1
Senior Member
thecampingcat's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Ringwood
Posts: 276
top off house battery

Greetings! Purchased inexpensive solar top off from Camping World. For when my Greyhawk is in storage. Cig lighter plug and lay panel on dash. Will this require me to leave battery disconnect on? $35 dollar solar top off. Just had new interstate deep cycle put in. Don't want to bleed it in case this solar charger is not good.
Thanks in advance! Mark

thecampingcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 05:50 PM   #2
Senior Member
Mustang65's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Clearwater, FL area
Posts: 3,671
You will need to make sure that all your RV's electronics (CO alarm, radio circuit, fridge....) are ALL disconnected when you put it in storage. That 5 watts of charging power will only help if all are disconnected, the battery is FULLY charged and the sun is shining REAL bright. That 5 watts equates to .4 amps, so all the above have to be in place. If the battery is not fully charged odds are it will not be enough to put any charge back into it.

Be careful, as some of these inexpensive SOLAR panels do not have a charge controller and or a blocking diode so it is possible that when the sun goes down the panels become a load on the battery. I did not see any thing listed on the website. I doubt that a .4 amp would cause the battery to over charge, but you never know.


2013 Jayco Eagle 284BHS
250Watt Grape Solar Panel, MorningStar MPPT 60 Charge Controller
1500 Watt Ramsond PSI, 2 Trojan T145 Batteries (260Ah)
2 - AirSight Wireless IP Cameras (used as rear view cameras)
EnGenius WI-FI extender, D-Link wireless (n) modem
MagicJack Internet Phone
2012 Ford F150XLT, EcoBoost w/3.73
157" Wheel base, HD Towing Package

Our Solar Album https://www.jaycoowners.com/album.php?albumid=329
Mustang65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 05:52 PM   #3
Senior Member
ALJO's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Sparwood, BC
Posts: 1,329
Send a message via Skype™ to ALJO
It has to be at least a 25 watt panel. It will keep your batteries topped but it will not do maintenance. There's another tool for that. I have it in the shop and will mentioned and put it in this tread.
2014 Ram 1500 CrewCab 4x4 5.7 Hemi 3.92 Rear and Air Lift 1000
2005 Jayco Jay Feather LGT - 29Y GVWR-7000 lbs.
Pro Series 1200 lbs. WDH with Double Sway Bar.
Champion 3100/2800 watt Inverter/Generator-Onboard Solar Power

ALJO 'Forever Young @ Heart' provide on their travels Music Entertainment to Senior Care Homes
ALJO is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:20 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.