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dave17352

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Posted: 08/09/19 05:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

nothing special about that deal


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where did yall mount your controllers? Im leaning towards under the master bed in the nose where my water heater, fresh tank and pump are but always open to suggestions. Also thinking above the dinette on the shelf next to the tv (where my sterio is and all the dvd's that the kids never watch.

this is my floor plan


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Jebby14,

Attempt to keep the wire runs as short as is reasonable with oversize wire. That way, as your solar appetite increases, you won't have to be fishing wire a 2nd time.

If it is within the budget use the largest size that will fit the input terminals on the controller.


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Posted: 08/10/19 09:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jebby14 wrote:

Any tips for mounting permanently should i keep them?


Since you're here in S Ontario as am I you no doubt camp in Ontario provincial parts which for the most part are well treed, meaning lots of campsite shade. JMO but I'd set this panel up to be used as a portable so you can easily move it around your campsite as the sun moves across different parts of your campsite. Mount it on the trailer roof and over the course of a day you're sure to get much more shade that sun.

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Just got it home. Seems like this is the intent. Lets see how it does

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Just know that it isn't actually made by Coleman. It's made by some third party licencing the Coleman name with no oversight whatsoever by Coleman.

The company I work for does the same thing for HVAC products.


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SoundGuy wrote:

Jebby14 wrote:

Any tips for mounting permanently should i keep them?


Since you're here in S Ontario as am I you no doubt camp in Ontario provincial parts which for the most part are well treed, meaning lots of campsite shade. JMO but I'd set this panel up to be used as a portable so you can easily move it around your campsite as the sun moves across different parts of your campsite. Mount it on the trailer roof and over the course of a day you're sure to get much more shade that sun.

I installed the NOMA version sold at Canadian Tire and at the non-electric sites at Driftwood PP I was getting 5.5 amps for about 2 hours, rest of the day 0.3-0.5 amps. Not enough to charge the battery so I was running the gennie for about 90 minutes each day charging with a stand alone smart battery charger that was putting out 25 amps at 14.6 volts. I installed the charge controller above the fridge so a short run to the panel, then 20ft of 12 gauge solar panel wire clipped to the battery terminals.


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