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Adding portable solar panel
« on: November 21, 2017, 08:23:30 PM »
I have a 2011 Wind River that came with a small, 7X11 inch 10 watt solar panel on the roof which can be turned on and off with a wall switch inside the unit.  I can't imagine that it does much considering its size, but every little bit helps I suppose.  Planning to go to Arizona soon and perhaps boondock for a few days here and there.  I have a portable 100W panel with a controller.  Will directly hooking that up to my two 6v trailer batteries and operating both solar panels at the same time cause any problems?  ie. will they complement each other or interfere with each other in anyway?  Thanks.

Kevin Means

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Re: Adding portable solar panel
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2017, 11:02:41 AM »
If you connect your 100 watt panel directly to your battery terminals (through the controller and a fuse) your 10 watt panel will not cause any problems. Your opinion on the effectiveness of those 10 watt panels is well founded. They're pretty much useless for charging RV batteries.

2011 Winnebago Tour 42QD
Towing a Jeep Rubicon Unlimited LJ
RVI Brake 2, Minder TM-66 TPMS, 960 watts of solar
(Can't wait to spend more time RVing)
Lakeside, California