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Old 05-06-2020, 02:32 PM   #1
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Solar question Wolf Pup 16FQ

My 2020 Wolf Pup 16FQ came with roof mounted Solar panels (which is great). Do I need to worry about "over charging" the battery while it's sitting outside, not being used (i.e. between camping trips)? I took the battery out for the winter, so I'm talking now--spring/summer. Thanks. (The dealer said this in passing, but I was rushed during my December pickup so I didn't follow up on his comment.)
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Old 05-06-2020, 02:52 PM   #2
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You should have a solar controller near the battery that controls how much current and voltage reaches the battery. You won't over charge your battery.


As far as winter goes, unless you get down to -40F, you won't have to worry about your fully charged battery freezing. If there is no snow on the panel, it will keep it fully charged.
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Old 05-06-2020, 04:13 PM   #3
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Thank you babock!
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Old 10-05-2020, 01:31 PM   #4
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We are taking delivery of our WolfPup this weekend and it has the solar panel.
I am curious where I can find information on what would be involved to handle more solar. I believe there is another connection on the ground level. But is there anything else needed in order to take advantage of this additional solar.
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Old 10-05-2020, 06:53 PM   #5
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I believe that there's a Furrion port on the outside of the camper. You would just attach additional solar panels to that port with the Furrion converter cable. I have portable Aco suitcase solar panels, and I might buy the cable myself. It just allows you to skip attaching the alligator clips to the battery.
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Old 12-01-2020, 07:33 PM   #6
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Forrest River has made some changes to the Juice Pack. So it depends on which system you have installed. You need to see which controller is installed (it's mounted in the middle upper front of the garage). Then you need to see which panel you have. Your dealer should have included the Juice Pack literature. Most recently, the TTs shipped from Forrest River WITH juice packs do not have the solar connector installed (solar ready).



Adding panels: I have written a lot about this on other threads. In short: Most camp sites no longer allow you to have ground mount solar panels with wires running to your TT. You only need additional solar if you boondock. There are many options for adding additional solar, which is useless unless you add more batteries too.
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Old 12-02-2020, 04:35 AM   #7
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Hmmm, that's good to know about many campgrounds no longer allowing free standing solar panels running wires to your TT's batteries. Maybe it's a safety issue with kids running around and tripping on wires? I could always load my spare battery into my truck bed and hook up to my panels--no one can see that (if I need more power) and then swap out batteries when needed. I have the juice pack, but I do boondock for weeks at a time in the summer.
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Old 12-03-2020, 10:49 AM   #8
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2021 29 ft vibe. Is my solar charging the battery when the battery is in sleep/storage mode? Thx
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2021 29 ft vibe. Is my solar charging the battery when the battery is in sleep/storage mode? Thx

I don't understand what you mean by sleep/storage mode. Your solar controller should be directly hooked up to your battery. Follow the wires. This would enable the solar panel to trickle charge your battery when the trailer is not connected to shore power. Even with the DC power switch turned off, you should be getting power to your gas and fire detectors/alarms (provided they are DC powered from the TT and/or internally battery powered, I.E. AA, AAA).
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We have solar on the R-Pod and never worry about the battery over the winter..just leave it as is and it stays charged and happy.

Also, I recall reading somewhere (maybe this forum) that it's not a good idea to disconnect the battery if you have solar. Anyone able to corroborate that?
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We have solar on the R-Pod and never worry about the battery over the winter..just leave it as is and it stays charged and happy.

Also, I recall reading somewhere (maybe this forum) that it's not a good idea to disconnect the battery if you have solar. Anyone able to corroborate that?
Disconnecting the battery has no effect on the condition of the solar system. Depending upon the type of gas and smoke detectors you have, it may disable them and/or run down their internal batteries. You may also have some electronics which may lose their settings (I.E. clocks, sound system presets, router/Wifi settings, TV presets, etc.). It does have an effect on the battery depending upon where and how you store it.

You may have read something to the effect that if you have solar, it will trickle charge your battery(ies) and keep them in good condition while in storage. This is true provided the panel(s) get sun (not obstructed by snow, a cover, or in or under a shed or canopy). Snow for a few days is fine, for the entire winter is not. A small dusting of snow is no issue either.
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We have solar on the R-Pod and never worry about the battery over the winter..just leave it as is and it stays charged and happy.

Also, I recall reading somewhere (maybe this forum) that it's not a good idea to disconnect the battery if you have solar. Anyone able to corroborate that?
My Renogy solar controller requires the panels be disconnected from the controller before disconnecting the batteries from the controller. Perhaps this is what you are thinking of?
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We have solar on the R-Pod and never worry about the battery over the winter..just leave it as is and it stays charged and happy.

Also, I recall reading somewhere (maybe this forum) that it's not a good idea to disconnect the battery if you have solar. Anyone able to corroborate that?
Yes, disconnecting the battery without first disconnecting the panels can fry certain controllers.
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Wow, that's news to me! I'm a commercial and residence solar designer and installer. All of the inverters and controllers that I have designed for and work with have built in relays that open the solar DC circuits when there is no load (no current, missing battery, load, or open). The grid tied systems then wait for 7 minutes before testing the load side and reconnect when a proper load is detected.

I guess these smaller off grid controllers work differently. Live and learn.
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