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Old 12-31-2016, 12:11 AM   #1
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RP-180 Solar info

In Sept. 2016 I bought an RP 180. Did some Major Reworking of things. 2-propane tanks, 2 batterys,2000 watt inverter,built in safe in bathroom,permanent table, not removable,2-solar panels on my truck roof, with cables to the trailer. ( My tow truck is a 2013 Ford 4 door pickup F150 Ecoboost 6 cylinder) no problem in towing. I'm retired for 22 years, and been camping for over 50 years. Live in Idaho for the summer, here in Arizona RV Resort for the winter. Going to Alaska for the summer, that is why I bought the Rpod, and I love it. I don't live in it though, I'm in a Park model in a RV Resort. Lot's of experience in RV'n. But I have a question on this RP 180. It says, Solar Ready.Plug in says, set for 20 Amps, I tracked the wireing from the hookup to the batterys, I cannot find a Regulator in the system. Does anyone have any info on this solar hookup system on the 180? Thanks. crazycoyote.
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Old 12-31-2016, 04:42 AM   #2
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I follow most of the solar threads and from what I have read there is no controller. The Solar ready lines are just wiring to the batteries. You are clearly handy and capable , just order a controller online and wire it in.

I used to own an Rpod , how did you fit a safe in the bathroom?
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:22 AM   #3
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It is a small safe (6"x8"- 14" deep. I cut into the pannel above the door where I keep the towels, and built a frame to fit it in. It small, but my wife keeps her jewelry, some money, my pistol, etc in it when I travel.I also have a 10' Portabote mounted on the side, from the door to the front of the trailer, fits perfect. Thanks for the info, I thought I had to do the same thing, I don't want to burn up my batterys. Thanks.
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:27 AM   #4
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Solar ready usually means some wiring to the battery and that is it. When you are choosing a controller, calculate what size you need , then order the next higher current model. This way you have room to grow without purchasing a new controller.
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Old 01-25-2017, 08:25 PM   #5
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In Sept. 2016 I bought an RP 180. Did some Major Reworking of things. 2-propane tanks, 2 batterys,2000 watt inverter,built in safe in bathroom,permanent table, not removable,2-solar panels on my truck roof, with cables to the trailer. ( My tow truck is a 2013 Ford 4 door pickup F150 Ecoboost 6 cylinder) no problem in towing. I'm retired for 22 years, and been camping for over 50 years. Live in Idaho for the summer, here in Arizona RV Resort for the winter. Going to Alaska for the summer, that is why I bought the Rpod, and I love it. I don't live in it though, I'm in a Park model in a RV Resort. Lot's of experience in RV'n. But I have a question on this RP 180. It says, Solar Ready.Plug in says, set for 20 Amps, I tracked the wireing from the hookup to the batterys, I cannot find a Regulator in the system. Does anyone have any info on this solar hookup system on the 180? Thanks. crazycoyote.
How difficult is it to setup for 2 propane tanks? Have 2 on the A-liner we are trading for an RPod 180
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Old 01-29-2017, 10:06 AM   #6
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Fairly easy. Buy the 2 tank stand, bolt it to the frame, buy an auto regulator, 2 tank short pigtails, hook to regulator, bring up the trailer propane line and hook it up to the bottom of the regulator, and, Presto, you have a 2 tank system, with the weight of 1 more tank on the hitch.
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:01 PM   #7
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My R-180 has stickers on it that it is pre-wired for a Zamp solar panel. which comes with a controller on the back of the panel. My 160w Zamp solar panel which would work fine for a 12 volt battery, barely trickle charges my dual 6v batteries.
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:29 PM   #8
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The RP 180 Rpod has the connection in the rear of the trailer, then the light wireing goes about 20-22 Ft. to the battery in the front of the trailer (12 volt), cheap setup, especially for 6 volt batterys. I built a box over my batterys, and connect my solar panels directly to my batterys at the box, with a 10 guage fitting, for a boat electric motor setup, secured from Amazon. This plugin works great. You lose all your volts from the back of the trailer. It may work with the cheap battery that comes with the trailer, but not when you want the power from real solar, and batterys. Try your solar up front at the batterys. See if it does better. If not, think about a better controler. Good Luck.
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The RP 180 Rpod has the connection in the rear of the trailer, then the light wireing goes about 20-22 Ft. to the battery in the front of the trailer (12 volt), cheap setup, especially for 6 volt batterys. I built a box over my batterys, and connect my solar panels directly to my batterys at the box, with a 10 guage fitting, for a boat electric motor setup, secured from Amazon. This plugin works great. You lose all your volts from the back of the trailer. It may work with the cheap battery that comes with the trailer, but not when you want the power from real solar, and batterys. Try your solar up front at the batterys. See if it does better. If not, think about a better controler. Good Luck.
Yup. 20 feet, 20 Amperes would drop about 2 Vdc presuming AWG 14 wire.
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My R-180 has stickers on it that it is pre-wired for a Zamp solar panel. which comes with a controller on the back of the panel. My 160w Zamp solar panel which would work fine for a 12 volt battery, barely trickle charges my dual 6v batteries.
Any info on why that is ?
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