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Old 03-19-2016, 07:32 AM   #1
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Solar panels

Has anyone bought and used the plug and play solar panels the Roos are equipped for ? Useful, not useful? Powerful, not so much?

We are picking up our 21dk Saturday and are going back and forth about getting them. The place we usually camp with friends on long holiday weekends will not have hook ups for us now... Previously in the old pop up we just ran extension cords with didn't always have the best results we can go off the grid if need be but if the solar panels are excellent the price doesn't seem too bad...

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Old 03-19-2016, 07:46 AM   #2
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So...kind of a subjective question with lots of opinions and factors. So here it goes from my side...
Solar is/can be great however several things to consider. Size/type of panels...type of charge controller...batteries being charged...size of cables/wires...amount of discharge/use that needs to be replaced...so on...
Still with me? IMO solar is great when you have it setup correctly...I even have a buddy that built his own solar boat...We are adding solar to our Crusader also...lots of great ideas/advice here just sit back and try to take it all in...Oh and congratulations and have fun!
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:53 AM   #3
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Now reading my post...I think I wasn't very clear...some setups are simple so are not. Sounds like yours could be pretty easy because you are talking about light dry camping...so a panel or two with a simple charge controller should suit you well and make life a little easier off the grid. That's better...☺
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:00 AM   #4
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New Roos are set up frim the manufacturer for the Zamp system. Plug 'n' Play. I am totally unfamiliar with solar set-ups, but was told all that is needed is to buy a Zamp solar panel set-up and plug it in.
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:07 AM   #5
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Right- sorry- I should have been a little more clear- it's early and haven't had a coffee yet

We are curious about the plug and play solar panels the Roo is already equipped for.


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Old 03-19-2016, 08:13 AM   #6
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Lol...no worries hadn't had mine either...Well now that I cannot help with but I have read about others talking about it. You can search it or just wait and the experienced will reply shortly...😁
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:30 AM   #7
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Search online for solar and RVs. Lots of good data. You should determine what your needs are ( what will be running and for how long WHrs) then you can choose a system that will meet your needs. You may need additional batteries if your demands are high. If this is occasional use only, or you normally park in shaded spots, you may want panels that are not attached to RV. When choosing your controller, I recommend always picking the next larger size than what you determined you need. That way you have room to grow when you demands increase. Do your homework and you will not be disappointed.
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Congratulations on the new 21DK we just picked ours up yesterday. They told us the panels are just good for trickle charging the battery and wouldn't get you enough power to run much more than some lights. If you wanted to run more while boondocking to just get a generator


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A quick look at the Zamp website and a few things come to mind. First, bring your checkbook, they are pretty proud of those panels. And it appears they want you to use the product as a portable device. They come with carrying bags for storage. So I guess you set up and place the panel in a location that gets a lot of sunlight. Mount on top of the propane tanks? Maybe.
Second problem, the little legs the panel might grow while you are sightseeing.
Would be nice if pre-packaged systems were available.Something designed for a specific RV platform. Maybe that critter is already in the zoo. Not sure.
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Congratulations on the new 21DK we just picked ours up yesterday. They told us the panels are just good for trickle charging the battery and wouldn't get you enough power to run much more than some lights. If you wanted to run more while boondocking to just get a generator


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Thanks Robs1968- congrats to you as well! And thanks for the input from your dealer - we planned on talking to ours when we pick up but wanted a little more education and some feedback before doing so. Appreciate it!


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