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Old 05-30-2018, 08:38 PM   #1
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Solar prep plug

There is an exterior solar plug on our Hideout. Can I just plug in a portable solar panel or does something else have to be done first? Also, does the panel have a shut off to prevent overcharging the battery?


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Old 05-31-2018, 08:23 AM   #2
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Thatís a good question. I have one of those on my new Alpine and I have the same questions.

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Old 05-31-2018, 08:55 AM   #3
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I just went through this on my Springdale. We bought a Coleman 100 watt panel with controller, because after testing with a meter discovered that the plug is directly connected to the batteries. The controller that came with the panel will prevent over charging. Ours came without a male plug, just bare wires, so I had to buy one (SAE).
Our panel with controller was about $100 at Amazon.

Some trailers will have a Zamp rather than SAE plug, and while it looks the same the polarity is reversed. If so it should be labeled something like "Warning - Use only Zamp solar panels." If in douubt, check polarity before hooking up.
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:03 PM   #4
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I have a 2018 Hideout 21.

I have to admit I am a tad confused about what I am being told.

The dealer told me the plug in the front of the unit is for a permanent solar setup. They said the portable ones would clip onto the batteries. But why then does it matter what the wattage of the panels is, if they are only keeping the batteries charged? Makes no sense.

Keystone told me that it was a Furion system that connected directly to the main electrical system and, depending on the wattage of the panels, would power all the appliances with the exception of the AC.

I'm trying to sort all this out, but clearly the people who should know... don't.

Anyone have some real answers?

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Old 01-13-2019, 07:11 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum!! If you look at the lid of the connection port, Iím willing to bet it says 10amps. Thatís almost enough to keep a charged battery charged with nothing on.

Depending on what your looking to do, there are lots of different options. Solar has come a long way in a short time.

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