Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-26-2022, 02:28 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 135
Solar shut-off

I have a 2023 Rpod model 201. As part of standard equipment, it came from the factory with a 200 watt solar panel, 30 amp controller and a 2000 watt inverter. I plan to upgrade my battery to a 100 Ahr LiFePo battery. To avoid juice coming into the battery from the solar system while I'm disconnecting/connecting the batteries, I was looking for an on/off switch for the solar. I couldn't find one. Looking at the owners manual for the solar controller, it says a 30 amp fuse should be located between the controller and battery.
Questions:
1) If I can locate the fuse, would it be ok if I use it as a switch by pulling the fuse to shut down the system?
2) Where is the 30 amp fuse located? I thought they may have wired it thru the power center because I have a 30 amp fuse labeled as "battery". I unplugged it, but my controller was still lit up and receiving voltage readings from the battery.
3) If the 30 fuse labeled "battery" isn't for the solar system, what is if for?
__________________
2014 Ford F250 Lariat
2014 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8280 WS
2023 Forest River Rpod model 201
Louisiana before, fulltiming since April 11, 2014
blog--- www.gozatravels.blogspot.com
Darrell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2022, 02:33 PM   #2
Site Team
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Goodyear, Arizona
Posts: 30,336
Moved thread to the Rpod sub-forum since the OP is asking for model-specific information.

Sent from my SM-G781U using Forest River Forums mobile app
__________________
Dan-Retired California Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255, pushing a 2014 Ford F150 SCREW XTR 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost w/Max Tow Package
4pt Equal-i-zer WDH and 1828lbs of payload capacity
bikendan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2022, 03:32 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 6,676
Maybe...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Darrell View Post
I have a 2023 Rpod model 201. As part of standard equipment, it came from the factory with a 200 watt solar panel, 30 amp controller and a 2000 watt inverter. I plan to upgrade my battery to a 100 Ahr LiFePo battery. To avoid juice coming into the battery from the solar system while I'm disconnecting/connecting the batteries, I was looking for an on/off switch for the solar. I couldn't find one. Looking at the owners manual for the solar controller, it says a 30 amp fuse should be located between the controller and battery.
Questions:
1) If I can locate the fuse, would it be ok if I use it as a switch by pulling the fuse to shut down the system?
2) Where is the 30 amp fuse located? I thought they may have wired it thru the power center because I have a 30 amp fuse labeled as "battery". I unplugged it, but my controller was still lit up and receiving voltage readings from the battery.
3) If the 30 fuse labeled "battery" isn't for the solar system, what is if for?
I don't have an Rpod, but can respond in generalities.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darrell View Post
1) If I can locate the fuse, would it be ok if I use it as a switch by pulling the fuse to shut down the system?
Yes, but it may become tiresome after a while.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darrell View Post
2) Where is the 30 amp fuse located? I thought they may have wired it thru the power center because I have a 30 amp fuse labeled as "battery". I unplugged it, but my controller was still lit up and receiving voltage readings from the battery.
Probably "inline." That is, it is located along the cable connecting the controller to the battery. Look for a fuse holder like the one pictured below. It might be right at the positive battery terminal.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darrell View Post
3) If the 30 fuse labeled "battery" isn't for the solar system, what is if for?
This one sits between the battery and the "converter" (charger). It protects the converter from damage if you accidentally connect the battery backwards.
Attached Images
 
__________________
Larry

Sticks and Bricks: Raleigh, NC
2008 Cherokee 38P: at Ivor, VA permanently
Larry-NC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2022, 04:04 PM   #4
Retired Old Guy
 
IamProStreet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2022
Posts: 192
To disconnect a solar panel you really need to disconnect both positive and negative at the same time. Here is the disconnect I used.

DC Miniature Circuit Breaker, 2 Pole 500V 32 Amp Isolator for Solar PV System, Thermal Magnetic Trip, DIN Rail Mount, Chtaixi DC Disconnect Switch C32 https://a.co/d/eWw37lk

Here is the reason why you need to disconnect both at the same time.

https://youtu.be/HOXnWXvLXko
IamProStreet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2022, 04:22 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
PhilFromMaine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Maine
Posts: 891
Quote:
Originally Posted by IamProStreet View Post
To disconnect a solar panel you really need to disconnect both positive and negative at the same time. Here is the disconnect I used.

DC Miniature Circuit Breaker, 2 Pole 500V 32 Amp Isolator for Solar PV System, Thermal Magnetic Trip, DIN Rail Mount, Chtaixi DC Disconnect Switch C32 https://a.co/d/eWw37lk

Here is the reason why you need to disconnect both at the same time.

https://youtu.be/HOXnWXvLXko


Or you can just throw a sheet over the panel which in effect will turn it off. We should note that the url posted above is somewhat controversial. Many systems don't have battery disconnects at all.

It sounds like your system is factory installed "turn-key" and I am betting they didn't install a PV panel shutoff, correct?

If you don't want to cover your panel for some reason like having to get on the roof, you can just disconnect the wires coming into the solar charge controller before disconnecting the battery and replacing it with lifepo4.
__________________
2018 Coachmen Freedom Express Liberty Edition 231RBDSLE
PhilFromMaine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2022, 07:13 PM   #6
Retired Old Guy
 
IamProStreet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2022
Posts: 192
Quote:
Originally Posted by PhilFromMaine View Post
[/B]

Or you can just throw a sheet over the panel which in effect will turn it off. We should note that the url posted above is somewhat controversial. Many systems don't have battery disconnects at all.

It sounds like your system is factory installed "turn-key" and I am betting they didn't install a PV panel shutoff, correct?

If you don't want to cover your panel for some reason like having to get on the roof, you can just disconnect the wires coming into the solar charge controller before disconnecting the battery and replacing it with lifepo4.

If thatís how you want to disconnect your expensive solar system go for it. Removing output power from the charge controller to the batteries while the panels are inputting power into the controller can damage it.
IamProStreet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2022, 10:07 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
PhilFromMaine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Maine
Posts: 891
Quote:
Originally Posted by IamProStreet View Post
If thatís how you want to disconnect your expensive solar system go for it. Removing output power from the charge controller to the batteries while the panels are inputting power into the controller can damage it.
I have done it many times with no apparent damage what so ever. Granted, I am only inputting 20 amps @ 22 volts into the SCC. If I was dealing with high current output I would consider putting in a disconnect like yours. All my power is portable, not roof mounted. I can throw a jacket or 2 on the panels partially covering them so that NO current is flowing if I wish.

Other options for the OP are simple if he is concerned. One would be to just switch batteries at night.

I would still like for the OP to clarify whether or not the factory, presumably staffed by trained professionals, thought it necessary to provide a usable PV shutoff for functionality or for NEC standards?
__________________
2018 Coachmen Freedom Express Liberty Edition 231RBDSLE
PhilFromMaine is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
solar

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:19 AM.