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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:23 pm 
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Hello Everyone.

I'm so glad I found this forum and it is great to be here! So over the past few days I was lurking around and finally decided to register. Hopefully I can get some help here.

I recently bought a used Trak Shak Camper Trailer and right now I'm trying to install a solar panel. But I don't know so much about it. That's why I thought I drop my question here.

This week I did a lot of research online and had a look at a few, well known trusted shopping sites as well as websites for classified adds like http://www.used.forsale/canada/solar-panel but there are dozens of solar panels available. I just don't know which one to pick for my trailer.

So are there some specific ones for the Trak Shak or not? Can you recommend some common models or brands which are suitable of this peculiar trailer? And how much do I have to spend on a decent solar panel?

I was also thinking about buying a cheap, used one. Is that advisable or not? And are there some common pitfalls to avoid.

Furthermore, do I need some special gear? I have heard, if I want to charge some (spare) batteries, I will need a charge controller.

Sorry for all my questions, but I don't know so much about this technical and electronic stuff. So hopefully someone here can give me some advice.

So I'm looking forward to any feedback.

Charles.


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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 4:45 pm 
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Hi and welcome!!

Do you want to mount a panel to the trailer, or have it portable?

How big a panel/solar setup do you need?? What do you plan to run from the battery(s) ?

I have a couple of Ebay "cheapies" , they are great and generally come with all you'll need.... http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-12V-200W ... SwN6JY~UJ0

Any help ???

Cheers,
Peter

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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 2:50 pm 
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Peterr wrote:
Hi and welcome!!

Thanks mate.

Peterr wrote:
Do you want to mount a panel to the trailer, or have it portable?

Portable.

Peterr wrote:
How big a panel/solar setup do you need??

I actually don't know. Any advice?

Peterr wrote:
What do you plan to run from the battery(s) ?

A few lights and a socket for my laptop would be nice.

Peterr wrote:
I have a couple of Ebay "cheapies" , they are great and generally come with all you'll need...

Thanks for the link. I'll have a look at it.


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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 8:12 pm 
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The setup I linked to will be more than enough for those needs, but we all know that sooner or later you'll be plugging more in!! A water pump , a fridge, etc etc all add a bit, but given fair weather, ie sunny days, that setup will do the job; given that your battery(s) are OK .

What size battery do you have?

the panel will work a tad more efficiently with a decent regulator mounted close to the battery , rather than on the back of the panel as supplied, but given your estimated load , I'd leave well enough alone for now......

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