Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-02-2016, 12:11 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Bend,Oregon and Yuma,, AZ
Posts: 133
Solar and battery disconnect

I have a solar panel on my Solera as well as a battery disconnect switch inside. If I disconnect the battery with the switch, will my panel continue to maintain a battery charge? I really can't test it because once I activate the battery disconnect I have no way that draw down the batteries.
__________________

__________________
lacamastraveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 12:24 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Rich.M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Sarasota
Posts: 226
It depends on how it is wired in. Your profile shows you have a Solera 24r like me. Solar panels were added by owner or aftermarket by dealer or third party. Wiring is not std. Does your charge controller stay on or give a charge status when battery disconnect turned to off? Can you tell if solar charge controller wired directly to battery? When you say battery disconnect switch, are you referring to the std black rotary switch on the side of the stairs. That only disconnects some but not all of the house 12 volt (there is still power to the Bigfoot stabilizers as one example). Pictures would help if you can post.
__________________

__________________
2015 Solera 24r
Rich.M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 12:43 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Rich.M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Sarasota
Posts: 226
Thinking more about your question. A quick way to check would be to measure the battery voltage with a volt meter. Measure volts with everything off. Don't run coach, generator or plug in for at least 1 hour prior. Check midday in sun and after dark. Battery voltage will be 12.8 v or less at night. If you are charging then daylight volts should be 13.4 to 14.5. Still best to follow wires and understand your system.
__________________
2015 Solera 24r
Rich.M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 01:07 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Bend,Oregon and Yuma,, AZ
Posts: 133
Rich, thanks for reply. Yes, I had the solar installed when I bought the rv but am no longer in contact with the installer. The Go Power controller does stay on when I active the disconnect switch. When I tried it thus morning the digital readout jumped from 13.3 to 14.3 when the switch was activated. I have attached a photo of my battery connections. Jim
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20160902_095013.jpg
Views:	48
Size:	205.1 KB
ID:	119232  
__________________
lacamastraveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 01:21 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Rich.M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Sarasota
Posts: 226
The fused line looks like it may be a direct wire from charge controller to batteries. If your controller display is on with disconnect "off" then you are probably charging. You can check voltages as above to confirm. Just remember batteries will show a higher "surface charge " voltage for an hour or 2 after charging or running the coach. I see you have fresh batteries, mine needed replacing this year as well.
__________________
2015 Solera 24r
Rich.M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 02:11 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Bend,Oregon and Yuma,, AZ
Posts: 133
Rich, thanks again for the advice. I managed to kill my batteries. Despite using a checklist I managed to leave my furnace on after an early spring trip. We don't have AC power at our storage lot. When I next used the Solara a month later I realized my batteries would not hold a charge while dry camping. I must have totally discharged the batteries too many times. Hence, my interest in the battery disconnect!
__________________
lacamastraveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2016, 02:22 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Rich.M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Sarasota
Posts: 226
Your welcome, if you store your coach under roof then the charge controller will be a net battery drain, then pull the fuse in storage. If in sun then you will charge. My Coach is in covered storage here in Florida to keep the sun off it . Consequently, I turn my solar off but make sure to take it out or run generator for monthly.
__________________

__________________
2015 Solera 24r
Rich.M is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery, battery disconnect, solar

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:40 PM.