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Old 05-30-2018, 08:38 PM   #1
Cheryl
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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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