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Old 05-02-2015, 05:14 PM   #11
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I don't really have any first hand experience with Zamp setups. I would start here.. find the model number and then shop around.
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:21 PM   #12
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Hi,
New to this forum, first camper and first solar panels (eventually).

Our camper will be used for ski trips, bike trips and any other adventure we can think of. It has a heated mattress and heat exchanger so trying to make sure we stay warm in winter.

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We also have an A frame trailer and do mostly non-hook-ups.
Add a new plug so both end match, that all you need.
We have 2 group 27 battery, and find that we easily get 2 day with using the propane heater set at 55 at night and off during the day on one battery. We have a 60 watt panel that we set up the second day if staying longer then 2 days and will charge the battery for another night run. it is rare we use the second battery.
The heated mattress is 120 Volts so we do not use it. The heat pump is also 120V. We get about a week on one tank of Propane ( depends on how cold it is and if we run the propane heater during the day).
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:25 PM   #13
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What do you mean by "add a new plug"?
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:33 PM   #14
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danstone, I know you would like to utilize the zamp route but as mentioned closer you are to battery the better. Simplest easiest best, as its portable , just connect directly to battery. IMO
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Ok, whats easiest and best when batteries are in the weatherproof boxes? Would like to just plug and play not have to access batteries every
time.

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When I bought my panel it came with I think, anderson quick connector when not in use I just shoved up into box vent hole...provided you have that type of box. Although I invested in what I think is a much better panel. German Bosch cells built in controller
150 watt panel nice protective case. Bought it thru Overlandsolar.com pricey but worth the better quality verses Chineese stuff. JMO
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:41 PM   #17
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What do you mean by "add a new plug"?
I mean that either change the plug on the solar panel to match the trailer or change the plug on the trailer so plug match matches solar cell. or change both.
The cells do not put out enough current to get any great voltage drops in the wires, so it does not matter how close you wire to the battery. use what is there. I use 2 pin trailer lights plugs to connect to battery to cells.

http://www.amazon.com/GAUGE-PIN-QUIC...-pin+connector

I have found at wal mart and auto stores.
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Jumping in with additional questions. You all are terrific sources of information.

So...if I go with Donnie's 6 golf cart batteries, do I simply daisy chain them to the original 12v battery? Or do I need to wire in a switch for when we go off the grid and then switch to the solar bank?

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Two batteries, I am going to assume GP24 dual purpose, are not going to give you as much power as you might think. Say for a single 100 watt panel, 100A@12VDC only equals about 8 amps in full sinlight. And then it is going to be rated that IF the panel is tilted toward the sun. Get the picture? To use ANY power hungery appliances, and that includes furnace, tank heaters, mattress pads etc will require you to have a whole lot of available power. Meaning at least 4 and possibly 6 golf cart batteries. Then to charge that much your going to need at least 300 watts of solar.
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Folks, I've been curious about these "Zamp" connectors for some time so I finally went out with a connector I already own and have plenty of - from Allelectronics.com - the same connector as my motorcycle battery Tender has on its lead. Yes! I plugged it into the Zamp connector socket on the RV and checked with a voltmeter and voila! The battery voltage is there. I would be unsure as to how much current one of these plugs would carry but we use them on bikes to carry heavy currents to charge batteries, to heat clothing, and for lights.
The are dirt cheap at all electronics and maybe even Radio Shack or a car parts store. Just remember when you are playing with it that it has the battery voltage on it so don't short it out or hurt yourself as the batteries, though 12 V, have lots of oomph behind them.
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