As many of you know, I recently explored the idea of mounting solar panels to the roof of my new Roo 21ss. I soon decided to forgo that idea and purchased the Zamp 200 Watt Portable Charging System.
We took the Roo and the new solar system on its first boondocking trip a few weeks ago. We went into the San Juan National Forest north of Durango, CO without electricity or a generator... just our dual batteries and solar charging system.
The system worked perfectly. We used everything that is powered by the batteries. We used all internal and external lights at night. We played the cd player. We used the ceiling fans occasionally throughout the day. Of course the fridge/freezer used whatever power it needed while on propane.
The batteries would usually drop down to a 1/2 charge before we went to bed. The most drop was down to 1/4 charge one night. The solar panels would charge the batteries back up to 100% by 10:30 the next morning. I was very surprised as to how quickly the batteries recharged. We boondocked for a week with no power outage... not even close.
I am completely satisfied with the portable solar unit. It comes in a durable case... and a handle for easy transport. You just take out the panels and they fold open into a rather large unit. It has legs that drop down and you can face the panels wherever you want. The kit came with a quick disconnect plug that I installed into the lid of one of the battery cases. So its just 'plug and play'.