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Old 09-02-2020, 03:43 PM   #1
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Question Rockwood 190W Solar + 1000W Inverter Option?

I just ordered a 2021 Rockwood 2509s Mini Lite travel trailer.

I optioned it with a 12v fridge--which comes bundled with a 190W solar panel, charge controller and 1000W inverter.

So, if anyone has a Rockwood factory solar package on their trailer, I have a few questions...

What actual hardware parts make up the system? I assumed it was a Go Power "Weekender" kit, but that doesn't seem to match the specs of the Rockwood inverter.

Does the Rockwood system include a transfer switch that automatically defeats the inverter if you plug into shore power?

Does this 190W package seem to keep up with the typical power draw of a 12v fridge?

What sort of battery setup are folks pairing with this package?

Is the charge controller 10 Amp or 30 Amp? And is it Bluetooth enabled for phone app control?

Can the inverter be switched on/off from inside the trailer--perhaps via the charge controller or a phone app?

Can the package hardware and wiring accommodate additional solar panels?

Are you happy with the package or do you experience issues or limitations that would make you look to beef it up?

Any insights are much appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old 09-02-2020, 07:57 PM   #2
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I just ordered a 2021 Rockwood 2509s Mini Lite travel trailer.



I optioned it with a 12v fridge--which comes bundled with a 190W solar panel, charge controller and 1000W inverter.



So, if anyone has a Rockwood factory solar package on their trailer, I have a few questions...



What actual hardware parts make up the system? I assumed it was a Go Power "Weekender" kit, but that doesn't seem to match the specs of the Rockwood inverter.



Does the Rockwood system include a transfer switch that automatically defeats the inverter if you plug into shore power?



Does this 190W package seem to keep up with the typical power draw of a 12v fridge?



What sort of battery setup are folks pairing with this package?



Is the charge controller 10 Amp or 30 Amp? And is it Bluetooth enabled for phone app control?



Can the inverter be switched on/off from inside the trailer--perhaps via the charge controller or a phone app?



Can the package hardware and wiring accommodate additional solar panels?



Are you happy with the package or do you experience issues or limitations that would make you look to beef it up?



Any insights are much appreciated!



Thanks!


I don’t have a rock wood but my creek came standard with this 1000 watt inverter and 190 watt panel. It is a go power system, up to 30 amps is my understanding. But only currently getting the 190 watts which is essentially a trickle charge for your battery so it doesn’t die. The inverter is great for travel and being able to keep fridge on. I always leave the inverter on. Shore power just takes over. Mine nots Bluetooth I don’t believe. I have two batteries, those doing serious boondocking can pair 4 batteries I believe. Mine can not be turned off and on from inside I don’t believe. It can accommodate more panels. And we have young kids so we always have shore power. We store it in our pole barn which we keep plugged in. If I was going to boondock and rely on batteries recharging daily without generator, I’d get a 4 battery setup and more panels. But idk if we’ll ever be those campers, lots of cool places for those that do. Hope this somewhat helps.
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Old 09-03-2020, 04:55 PM   #3
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Thanks HappilyLost!

Can you clarify something...

You said you leave the inverter on all the time and it just switches to shore power when you plug in.

So, it sounds like there is a transfer switch between the inverter and 30amp input—which is great!

My question is: do you notice any difference in what trailer systems are available via the inverter? I understand that 1000 Watts isn’t gonna get your AC going, but does the inverter power all 110v receptacles/devices regardless? Or does the inverter only power certain “safe” devices and receptacles?
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Old 09-03-2020, 10:18 PM   #4
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Thanks HappilyLost!

Can you clarify something...

You said you leave the inverter on all the time and it just switches to shore power when you plug in.

So, it sounds like there is a transfer switch between the inverter and 30amp input—which is great!

My question is: do you notice any difference in what trailer systems are available via the inverter? I understand that 1000 Watts isn’t gonna get your AC going, but does the inverter power all 110v receptacles/devices regardless? Or does the inverter only power certain “safe” devices and receptacles?


My outlets do work in my creek. However, they didn’t work in my salem. It depends how a unit is wired and what’s tied in I’d imagine.
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I just took delivery of a Micro Lite 25BRDS with 12V fridge and 190W Solar setup you mentioned. We're taking it out for the first time this weekend...however a majority of the outlets inside the trailer have stickers on them that say "Inverter Powered".

I also have a button inside that will turn the inverter on and off. I also believe that when plugged into shore power, it automatically switches over. The GoPower! screen seems to indicate that it's no longer using battery/solar. There does not seem to be any Bluetooth capability, either.
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Old 09-08-2020, 07:52 PM   #6
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Travel with the Inverter On?

I am curious as to why you would need to leave your Inverter on while traveling if your Refrigerator is 12 VDC? The inverter converts 12 VDC to 120 VAC, or did I miss something? JH

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I don’t have a rock wood but my creek came standard with this 1000 watt inverter and 190 watt panel. It is a go power system, up to 30 amps is my understanding. But only currently getting the 190 watts which is essentially a trickle charge for your battery so it doesn’t die. The inverter is great for travel and being able to keep fridge on. I always leave the inverter on. Shore power just takes over. Mine nots Bluetooth I don’t believe. I have two batteries, those doing serious boondocking can pair 4 batteries I believe. Mine can not be turned off and on from inside I don’t believe. It can accommodate more panels. And we have young kids so we always have shore power. We store it in our pole barn which we keep plugged in. If I was going to boondock and rely on batteries recharging daily without generator, I’d get a 4 battery setup and more panels. But idk if we’ll ever be those campers, lots of cool places for those that do. Hope this somewhat helps.
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Old 09-09-2020, 11:49 PM   #7
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If the Rockwoods come with a "GoPower 190Watt Weekender", and you have a TT with 50amp service, then it seems it should have a TransferSwitch matched to handle 2x50amps. Right? This Link has a matrix listing specs of TransferSwitch(s).
https://gpelectric.com/products/week...system/#panel0
Has anybody received a "Elite" instead of "Weekender" in their Rockwood?
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:09 PM   #8
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I have the same setup in our trailer. From the directions the on off switch for the inverter does not function unless the inverter is manually switched to off on the unit itself.

Does anyone know where these units are mounted in the rig? I'd like to get the specific model just to know what features are available.

Also I am concerned as well with my solar and two batteries keeping up with boondocking, going to buy a generator, but a bit dissapointed I cant switch to propane to have days and days of cold food.

I'll have some real world data on this in a few weeks after the maiden trip with no hookups
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Old 10-06-2020, 02:49 PM   #9
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Directly from Rockwood:

The fridge draws around 5-5.5 amps/hr when initially cooling – it only takes about 2 hours to cool – can easily cool it before your trip. Once cooled, it draws around .9-1.5 amps/hr.



The 190W solar should provide plenty of power – around 8 amps/hr – in most situations. In certain situations (longer off-grid trips with some shade) it would be beneficial to add another panel – either to the cable entry plate on top (https://gpelectric.com/products/cable-entry-plate/) or to the side solar port – which requires a portable solar panel.
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Do you happen to know where on the roof they mount the panel?
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I was just inquiring about the G19 FBS and based on pix I saw, it is not a hard panel (not a flexible one) and mounted on right side about two/thirds from front.
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