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Old 05-19-2019, 02:36 PM   #1
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I am a new E-Pro 19FBS owner and have never had solar power built in before. This may be a dumb question, but I'm accustomed to keeping myRV plugged in to 110 when it's waiting for the next trip to combat the parasitic drain. Do I still have to do this with the factory solar on the roof?
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Old 05-19-2019, 02:57 PM   #2
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Maybe a dumb question, but are you sure you have solar panels and controller on your setup or is it just solar ready. Solar ready is a marketing gimmick that is simply a connector and some wire to the battery. I did not see solar as a standard. feature or an option. Did you add solar?
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Old 05-19-2019, 03:00 PM   #3
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I do have the solar panel on the roof. It was standard on my new FBS.
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Ok I did not see that in any of the literature. If you have a panel and a controller, it will keep the battery charged during storage assuming the battery cutoff switch is on and the panel is not covered.
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Flybob, thanks for the info!
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Ok I did not see that in any of the literature. If you have a panel and a controller, it will keep the battery charged during storage assuming the battery cutoff switch is on and the panel is not covered.

OP may have to experiment with the battery disconnect. In my Geo Pro, with the battery disconnect OFF, my factory installed roof solar panel still charges the batteries.
The panel still chargers in cloudy weather as well. Have seen 2.5 - 3.0 amps during overcast skies.
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I would think most of the time, a solar controller should be connected straight to the batteries. Reason for this is that many solar controllers will be damaged if the battery load is removed from them with the PV array still connected to the input of the controller.
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