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Old 03-17-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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Coleman Solar Panels

Thinking about purchasing a set of 55 Watt Coleman Solar panels from Costco. They are only $199 with a charge controller. My batteries went belly up thus winter do I think I will replace them with 4 6 Volt golf cart batteries in a series-parallel setup. From research it seems like a good deal! Anybody have experience with these solar panels? I have a 2008 Forest River Wildcat Toyhauler (31).

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Old 03-17-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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If you are looking for 55w to just keep batteries topped off, take care of the parasite loads, and occasional use, they should be enough. You'll still need to plug-in or run a generator for those long rainy evenings playing games or watchin the tele, as 55w isn't enough to bring them back to full charge the following day.

Still a much better option than plugging in every time that youstop for more than a coupole of hours....

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Old 03-19-2012, 10:12 PM   #3
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After further research I think I will wait and possibly install a larger 200 watt panel with a higher grade charge controller. If I ever want to upgrade all I should have to do is buy another panel. I was looking at affordable solar's website and they seem to have a good selection of high quality panels. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. I am new to campers and this sight is great!
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