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#1 Luckyman

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 06:20 PM

I'm going to buy a solar charging system for my Casita.  I've searched the forum and read until I'm cross-eyed.  Seems like there are lot's of systems out there, maybe they all do about the same thing.  Since I'm looking for current information, I thought I'd start a new topic.

 

My question is, if you were going to buy a new portable solar setup tomorrow, what would you get?  I want something that I can just set up outside and plug into a connection on the trailer, simpler the better.  I'm comfortable doing electrical work, so not concerned about the wiring aspect.  I'm only going to be charging a single Interstate lead acid battery for now, will replace with an AGM in the future.  I want a system which will support minimal usage during the day and still charge the battery for nighttime.

 

Here's just a few I ran across.  It seems that there are different qualities of units, even within a single brand.

 

https://www.etrailer...r/34282610.html

 

 

https://www.amazon.c...WNrPXRydWU&th=1

 

https://www.amazon.c...uage=en_US&th=1

 

I'm open to all suggestions and recommendations and advice.  Thanks.


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#2 clover

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 08:28 PM

Larry & Debi Gamble's Little House Customs sells a foldable unit. I've never known LHC to sell anything they have not thoroughly researched & tested. He gets a lot of input from Casita owners and uses the equipment he sells. 

 

https://littlehousecustoms.com/store.html#elec  


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#3 NW9836

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 09:48 AM

I bought a Dokio 100 watt unit two years ago. They cost less than $150. Very light weight. Haven't needed to use my generator for two years including a 6000 mile round trip to Alaska. I was getting so confident I stopped bringing the generator until I ran into a long rainy period at the Hoh rainforest this season.

#4 Barb Dwyer

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 02:29 PM

We use the Renogy 200 Watt Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase, 200W Panel-20A Controller. We almost exclusively boondock and have never run out of power. Our camping trips run from 3-21 days. The solar suitcase will even pull in light charge on cloudy/rainy days. We also added a quick connect plug for the solar panel on the outside of the Casita next to the battery compartment.

#5 Luckyman

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 06:42 PM

We use the Renogy 200 Watt Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase, 200W Panel-20A Controller. We almost exclusively boondock and have never run out of power. Our camping trips run from 3-21 days. The solar suitcase will even pull in light charge on cloudy/rainy days. We also added a quick connect plug for the solar panel on the outside of the Casita next to the battery compartment.

Thanks.  How many batteries do you have?  Do you have a link to the quick connect plug, or a part number?


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#6 Luckyman

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 06:43 PM

Larry & Debi Gamble's Little House Customs sells a foldable unit. I've never known LHC to sell anything they have not thoroughly researched & tested. He gets a lot of input from Casita owners and uses the equipment he sells. 

 

https://littlehousecustoms.com/store.html#elec  

 

 

I bought a Dokio 100 watt unit two years ago. They cost less than $150. Very light weight. Haven't needed to use my generator for two years including a 6000 mile round trip to Alaska. I was getting so confident I stopped bringing the generator until I ran into a long rainy period at the Hoh rainforest this season.

Thanks.  I will look at both of these options.


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#7 Barb Dwyer

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 10:21 AM

We use the Renogy 200 Watt Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase, 200W Panel-20A Controller. We almost exclusively boondock and have never run out of power. Our camping trips run from 3-21 days. The solar suitcase will even pull in light charge on cloudy/rainy days. We also added a quick connect plug for the solar panel on the outside of the Casita next to the battery compartment.

Thanks.  How many batteries do you have?  Do you have a link to the quick connect plug, or a part number?
We have one AGM battery. The connections on the Renogy solar suitcase are MC4, so you need an MC4 to SAE adapter to connect to the trailer.

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