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Old 08-24-2017, 12:37 AM   #1
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Zamp, Go Power or Renogy solar panels? Recommendations and why. My trailer is solar ready. My usage would typically be 2-4 days. Can anything power my furnace/heater? I only have one battery. Would I need another?
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Old 08-24-2017, 01:22 AM   #2
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Zamp is overpriced.
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Zamp, Go Power or Renogy solar panels? Recommendations and why. My trailer is solar ready. My usage would typically be 2-4 days. Can anything power my furnace/heater? I only have one battery. Would I need another?
To be safe yes a second battery, think of the cloudy days, you just can't only depend on solar...
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Old 08-24-2017, 02:40 AM   #4
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Not if you buy at their parking lot sale ... I agree though, their list prices are on the steep side, and I wouldn't have bought at those prices. I will say though, after seeing some discussions about issues with solar charge controllers, that the Zamp controllers seem to be rock solid. Mine does not require a battery to work (it will flash error codes, expectedly), and it can charge a battery from 3V. I'd expect the brand name solar products to be at a similar level though.

On a small trailer a single battery should provide enough power for 2-3 days of use with some restraint. I can stretch it to 4 days running the furnace in the evenings but not all through the night. That's without solar.
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Would a 25' Micro Lite 25brds be considered small?
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:13 AM   #6
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Before you buy anything, I suggest you do an analysis of what you want to run and for how long. Then add up the total power requirement ( AHrs). The furnace fan uses a lot of power. A good rule of thumb is 3-4 times that number in battery capacity and 2-3 times that number in solar capacity. You do not want to draw your batteries below 40-50%. You have to account for cloudy/rainy days. I like Renogy as you can build a system to meet your needs and their pricing and service is great. My last solar panel purchase from them was $1.00 a watt.
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Good info flybob, I have been watching this thread
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I bought a Grape Solar 150 watt kit for $200 from Home Depot. I also 2 additional 100 Watt panels (just because they were $100 each and I thought it was a good deal). This weekend I will create my reverse plug to work with the Zamp plug on my trailer.
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Old 08-24-2017, 04:35 PM   #10
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My 2017 XLR Nitro is solar ready also. However, the quicker it says 20 amp solar only. Just pay attention to what it is pre-wired for.
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