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Old 10-01-2020, 04:17 PM   #1
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Solar-Ready 5th Wheel and proprietary port

Hi all, so I'm ready to go for solar. I like the Renogy 200 Watt Eclipse. I've read on there site that it only hooks directly to the battery. That stinks since my Flagstaff 529BH 5er has the plug in spot. And I can't hardly pick up those batteries. Someone said you have to pull them out of the camper. Then I read that you have to have an adaptor to use the plug in feature. Has anyone explored getting the adaptor? Statement says consult a professional installer. Ugh... Kind of takes the easy out of it. Also says if you want to expand later you need to buy things separately so your warranty isn't void. Thought I had this all figured out till now. I will probably want to expand later. What do I need to buy now and is there an easy way to get the adaptor so I can use the plug in? TIA
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Old 10-03-2020, 09:05 AM   #2
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I guess I'm not understanding the problem if you have easy access to the batteries the alligator clips would work, if your rig came with a Zamp plug all you need to do is get the adapter the changes the polarity. the suitcase you are talking about comes with a 20amp controller if you add panels to the portable system you may need to upgrade the controller. There are some real experts on the forum with it comes to solar (I'm not one) who hopefully chime in.
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Old 10-03-2020, 09:17 AM   #3
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Honestly, just call the Renogy tech support, talk to them and they will get you set up.
Taking your batteries out of the RV to hook to solar just makes no sense.
Buying a suitcase and hooking it to your batteries is very simple, no need to make it so hard.
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Old 10-05-2020, 07:45 PM   #4
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Thank you both for the replies. I was a bit overwhelmed. Others had said you have to take the batteries out. Then I read if you want to add onto your suitcase at a later date you could not do that unless you removed the controller, which I read voided the warranty. So I've now done a lot more research. Got the Rover 60 amp controller and will build the rest. Renogy has a suitcase with a 20 amp removable controller that won't void the warranty if you want to add on. Panels are supposed to be pretty close to what the Eclipse are. Just not as pretty. Thinking about that one.
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