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Old 05-28-2016, 02:26 PM   #1
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Solar panel question

I was loading up our camper this week at the storage facility and noticed a 5th wheel parked with a solar panel sitting in front of it. And I'm thinking "OMG that would make my life so much easier if it works for keeping refrigeration on and maybe even air conditioner on"

So my question is, does anyone here use a solar panel while stored? If so, what does it power?

If I could have my frig stay on and maintain a temp of at least 78 -80 degrees inside I wouldn't have to go through this 'bring everything , remove everything' for every camping trip. It would reduce my prep times and pack up times by 2 hours each!!!

Come on, someone give me good news!
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I was loading up our camper this week at the storage facility and noticed a 5th wheel parked with a solar panel sitting in front of it. And I'm thinking "OMG that would make my life so much easier if it works for keeping refrigeration on and maybe even air conditioner on"

So my question is, does anyone here use a solar panel while stored? If so, what does it power?

If I could have my frig stay on and maintain a temp of at least 78 -80 degrees inside I wouldn't have to go through this 'bring everything , remove everything' for every camping trip. It would reduce my prep times and pack up times by 2 hours each!!!

Come on, someone give me good news!
The only thing my solar does in storage is maintain the batteries. I suspect that is what the panel you see in front of the fiver is doing.

No doubt it can be done, just not something I would do. Get a couple of cloudy overcast days and the solar can't keep up, your batteries will completely discharge. Do that a few times and your batteries life will be significantly shortened.

Lots of good solar calculators on line that will do the math for you.
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Old 05-28-2016, 07:19 PM   #3
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The only thing my solar does in storage is maintain the batteries. I suspect that is what the panel you see in front of the fiver is doing.

No doubt it can be done, just not something I would do. Get a couple of cloudy overcast days and the solar can't keep up, your batteries will completely discharge. Do that a few times and your batteries life will be significantly shortened.

Lots of good solar calculators on line that will do the math for you.
ok. That makes sense. I was wondering what happened at night and cloudy days LOL
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