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Old 10-11-2015, 12:33 PM   #11
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What kind of panels and are they mounted or just placed on roof. Do u have the propane fridge that is what I ordered
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Old 10-11-2015, 12:39 PM   #12
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I don't know what type they are, but they are permanently installed by Jayco. I believe 200 watts. We were going to get gas refer but stayed w household refer w 6volt batteries and solar. Factory installed.
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Old 10-11-2015, 01:14 PM   #13
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I would think that Jayco would use BOTH batteries to start the generator, if not I would rewire it to use both batteries. Why.. if you have 2 12VDC batteries fully charged at 12.6Volts and you only use one to start the generator, you may have dropped that fully charged battery down to 12.4 or 12.3 volts and then you throw the switch to reconnect them and now the other battery that was 12.6 is no longer going to be 12.6 as it will drop in voltage to balance somewhere between the 12.6 and the 12.4. Continuing this process will shorten the life of both batteries. It is better to leave both batteries connected and watch the battery(s) voltage if it does not start on the first or second crank.

If you have a piece of land that you will be keeping your TT at, you may want to look into SOLAR ($$$) and purchasing some TRUE 6 VDC deep cycle batteries. I always recommend that when you first start dry camping or adding solar, keep the battery(s) that came with the TT and practice on them, and when you kill them and learn how to live on SOLAR you will be ready for the more expensive True Deep Cycle batteries.

To give you an idea, since I installed SOLAR, I have had the TT's battery charge controller turned off. The sun takes good care of the batteries. They are fully charged by 2PM on sunny days and 4ish on cloudy days. 200 watts would be the very minimum panel output you would want. If your TT is parked in a lot of shade and you have them mounted on the roof, you will need at least 400 watts. Buy a system that has an MPPT controller which will increase the Amps.

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We have an "RVing with SOLAR" social group here on the forum. There is a lot of battery, solar charge controller (PWM vs MPPT) and installation information.
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I do not keep it on property travel 1500 miles to get there. On my TT I hard mounted a marine charger made to charge two separate batteries and wired to both. Whenever I ran my generator I would turn off the TT charger and the marine charger was plugged into Rv outside 110. Worked great last two years dry camping for two months at a time. I did have septic put in an I use a 1hp pump for river water to Rv. No electric or cell service so I stay off the grid. Solar mounted from Jayco factory not a 2016 pinnacle option just pre wired solar
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Old 10-11-2015, 03:52 PM   #15
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When we ordered our 2015 Pinnacle it wasn't an option listed on the web site. We called RV Express in Indiana where we picked up the trailer and they said that Jayco could install it for us, along with washer/dryer. It was all included in the final price and was covered under the 2 year warranty too. That's why we chose these options rather than after-market.
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The PINNACLE comes with two batteries wired in parallel as well as a manual disconnect switch. However the geny is wired directly to the batteries and not through the disconnect.
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And that would be "even more gooder", at least for me (less to mess with).
Just carry some long, hi quality jumper cables in the TV.
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Started the post but saw that the generator is wired directly to the batteries.
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Once again thanks
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:46 PM   #20
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My dealer said all the options listed are what u can order. U would think they would list solar since pre wired. All come with washer dryer pre plumed so why not list washer dryer option. I am pretty sure I remember reading somewhere that U cannot get any special stuff added. Wish I would of known
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