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Old 11-27-2023, 05:39 PM   #1
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disable solar for the winter

I'm looking to cover my 2017 Jayco 19rb for the winter and would like to disable my roof solar, I was told it was factory installed, it a go power gp-pwm-10-sq. I'm planning thus far to leave my batteries plugged in. I have shut down all breakers including the main and it still is on.
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I'm looking to cover my 2017 Jayco 19rb for the winter and would like to disable my roof solar, I was told it was factory installed, it a go power gp-pwm-10-sq. I'm planning thus far to leave my batteries plugged in. I have shut down all breakers including the main and it still is on.
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Unless I’m missing something, there really is no need to ‘disconnect’ your solar. The factory roof panels directly charge the battery. The only way to stop it (I think) is to disconnect the battery cables. I’d only do that if I were removing the battery to trickle charge in the house for winter.

I’d assume a cover would hinder the solar ability, greatly.

I have the 190 watt factory installed rooftop panel, myself. I have my trailer plugged into shore power at home. I intend on leaving it connected for the winter. I used to have a pop-up and removed the battery every winter, kept it inside on trickle charge. I’m going to try leaving battery on the tongue with my new camper, as long as I keep it plugged into shore power.
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If you truly want to disconnect the solar, go on the roof and pull the cable connectors apart coming from panel and to the rv.
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JKyle, are you going to cover your rv?
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What are you trying to accomplish by disconnecting the solar? If the cover isn't enough a darker cover over the panels secured and then adding your cover should eliminate any charge coming through.
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JKyle, are you going to cover your rv?
Just got the new cover, yesterday.
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If the panels are covered, they shouldn't produce much.

Solar is going to have (or should have) a fuse between the panels and charge controller that you could remove and another between the charge controller and the battery(ies). Don't disconnect the batteries from the charge controller until after you disconnect the panels from the controller. It's generally considered good practice to cover the panels so they aren't producing anything before you disconnect them.

Circuit breakers are for the 120v AC circuits and won't affect anything DC.
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When I installed my all Renogy (solar panels, wiring, MPPT controller and battery I was told to ALWAYS turn off the solar before removing the battery. I installed a switch before the MPPT to keep the MPPT safe.

Renogy recommends long term storage at about 55% state of charge. Lead batteries should be kept on a tender, left on solar or the RV should be plugged in to maintain them over winter.

I would recommend some reading on this. Renogy has some good stuff at Renogy.com Learn area.
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