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Old 10-31-2020, 02:44 AM   #1
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Factory solar panels on new Vibes

Just got a new 2021 1/2 Vibe 28RL last week. Apparently all new 2021 vibe models manufactured after about Sept 2020 have factory installed Furrion 165W solar panels. Alas western NY camping season is over until next year, so I have to wait until late April 2021 to put it through itís paces. Not sure of the capabilities of this system, and there is no information from Forest River. The only documentation I have from Furrion is the installation instructions which is a irrelevant because itís already installed at the factory. Since this is a new feature on vibes, the dealership is not too familiar with these vibes with solar panels either. I was led to understand that this panel is essentially just a trickle charger for the battery. And furthermore, that only the 12v components in my camper will benefit from this. In other words, just the lights, slide outs, awning, 12v refrigerator and furnace which apparently has a 12v fan. My question is, since I am going to be at a seasonal site 100% of the time, with shore power, is the solar panel any use to me whatsoever except for power outages?
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Old 10-31-2020, 08:33 AM   #2
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165W seems more then a trickle charger. The solar panel usefulness question could also apply to a generator given the seasonal site. It being installed and available would seem like a plus to me.
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