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  1. Hi All, Don't know if this has been covered elsewhere, but a search didn't turn anything up conclusively. I've recently had a 200w solar system installed and it's all now working tickety boo following on from the installation gremlins. What I'd like to do if it's possible, is to wire in a 2000-3000w inverter into the system so that I can plug something that requires 240v in to any of the plug sockets, rather than having to plug them into the front of the inverter. I'm thinking toaster, kettle, microwave, hairdryer, tv etc - but never more than one thing at o
  2. Hi all I am a novice caravanner, who has just bought my first caravan, a 2nd hand 2001 Lunar Solar Eclipse GTS 525. I am unsure as to which water pump is suitable for this model, and have already bought two that are incorrect. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you :-) MarieB
  3. Hi all, After receiving some much needed advice from user - BeeJay (many thanks) - I have installed a battery and Solar panel in my 2003 Hobby Prestige 560 caravan. I thought I would share the pictures, short discription and wiring diagram for anyone else who would find it useful. I have a 7 pin plug to my vehicle as the 13 pin plug had been replaced so I could not run the 12v electrics from my vehicle when on the move. I required a 12v supply as we attend several music festival every year and they charge a fortune for electrical hook up. I decided last year with my Elddis hurricane
  4. Just got home from a few day away. Whist emptying stuff out, I noticed the battery was sat at 12.9 v, although van parked in full sunshine. Normally it’s around 13.6v. Having had a charge controller fail before, my first thought was another failure. Quick prod around with multimeter, showed 13.6 coming out of controller. Further checking found 13.6v on one side of fuse, but 12.9 on other side. popped fuse out. Fuse intact. Inspection of holder showed nothing. Put it back together and it’s all working. Gave all the wires a wriggle, no blips in the voltage. Conclusion is the
  5. I will be fitting a couple of panels shortly and am thinking of the best method. I will be using the semi flexible for the weight advantage. Options Silkaflex. Strong, perhaps too strong, will it provide enough stress movement, difficult if needing to remove. _______ Adhesive foam, good grip, could be cut off, would allow movement, bit messy to apply neatly. _______ Corner brackets. http://www. ebay. co. uk/itm/NEW-6-x-Corner-Bracket-Set-Semi-Flexible-Solar-Panel-Mounting-Kit-Easy-to-Fit-/401079878899?hash=item5d623944f3:g:JiEAAOSweW5VYj1Y _______ And a new
  6. Has anyone had a solar panel fitted to a Swift Freestyle S2? Is there enough roof space?
  7. Hi guys. Hoping someone can help. Currently in new forest on a basic site, and it looks like the solar charge controller has failed. Does anyone know of a supplier in the general area, that I can get a replacement unit. Need it ASAP thanks in advance
  8. Does anyone know if its viable to keep very low heating on run by a solar panel to keep the damp off while not using the caravan over winter. I have a great solid fuel stove while I'm in the caravan but I plan to go away for several months this winter and wondered if there was any heating that would stop everything in my caravan getting very damp. Thanks
  9. Interested to find out the effects of the Alde circulation pump on the state of a caravan battery when using the heating off grid. Is there a high current draw by the pump? Obviously gas is providing the energy for the heat but the pump runs off the battery.
  10. Our Eriba/Hymer caravan has a Schaudt CSV 413 controller for charging the batter from the mains and no doubt other wonderful things as well. There is a 3 pin connector for solar input. Internet searches turn up a lot about the Electroblok for Motor Homes and how to fit an additional charge controller to integrate but I can't find anything in English about integrating a solar panel with this control system. Has anyone come across this controller and sourced the extra bits?
  11. I have moved my caravan to a secure storage site. I have a Phantom tracker alarm and although I can switch off the motion sensor the satellite signal remains live and gradually drains the battery. There is no electric hookup in the storage area, so the obvious solution would be a solar panel to keep the battery topped up. I would love some suggestions and hints from members who have solved this problem.
  12. New last February we spent 3 weeks away and had 5 days of heavy rain and cloud cover. Spent all of those five days off grid and the 100W solar panel kept us well served using lights and TV every night. Recently during a week away off grid in bright sunshine our power was getting down to close to 12v. Parked up at home on mains power for two days and many days of summer sun the battery still only shows just over 13v and won't go any higher. Sargent regulator shows float charge steady green and panel output flashing green with some amp going in at the control panel. Any suggestions ple
  13. Evening guys, Ok. .......bought our caravan (new ) in July, used it until end of Oct. We have it in Storage for winter. As manuals says (or this is how I have read it) we have turned the master switch off (under the bed). We have a solar panel fitted but just done a check on swift command and its saying the voltage is at 4. 5. Is that the battery ***** and were we supposed to leave the master switch on for the solar panel to effectively trickle charge over the winter. The battery is an AGM 110 if this makes any difference? Sorry for the daft questions
  14. We're just about to take delivery of our new caravan and found that most insurance companies want a tracker fitted to give a sensible quote. The caravan is in outdoor secure storage over winter with limited access by us, so it seems like we need some kind of solar solution to keep the leisure battery topped up. The tracker is, I've been told, ultra low power consumption, so there shouldn't be a great deal of actual power draw. I was wondering if anyone had any experience of a solution for this?
  15. I am looking for a wiring diagram on how to fit a solar panel. This would include fittment to the roof and all subsequent sealing and wiring in. Can any member be able to supply some links to carry out this undertaking? Many thanks. Tony1952
  16. I'm still researching which set-up to buy for our little caravan. (Currently all armchair research due to a prolonged flu bug, but looking forward to making this reality soon!) It'll have to be a folding panel, as it's a pop-top caravan, so the roof moves up & down by a distance each time we set up & take down, so not good for installed wiring! I'm currently thinking of probably between 60 & 100W. I've had a recommendation for this company. http://www. photonicuniverse. com/en/catalog/list/category/folding-solar-kits I'll be grateful for any up-to-date experience you've ha
  17. We're new to caravans, have a 17 yr old caravan we've used for one lovely expedition, and are keen to move more off-grid with solar. We're not going to be watching TV, but the occasional bit of food equipment being plugged in would be good, likewise re-charging camera and tablet batteries, and lights that don't fade after a while seem a great bonus. Problem 1: I'm terrifyingly ignorant of all things electrical. (Not exaggerating here, though willing to learn. Slowly.) I've done a certain amount of reading research here and elsewhere on the web, but it quickly goes over my ignorance thresh
  18. Hi all, I'm a relative newbie to caravanning having only bought my first van last summer. I fitted a 150w solar panel last September after running the battery flat on a couple of outings. The solar panel appeared to be working great, but after the winter lay up my van battery is now completely flat. I'm pretty sure the master power switch was set to off over winter, though I'm starting to doubt myself! I know the alarm draws power even though master switch is off but I'd have thought the solar panel would easily offset this? I'll try recharging the battery with a mains charger b
  19. Just found this on t'interweb. It's an excellent description of solar panels, charging and controllers . https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=KPZhtGLfGn4#t=381. 20088 The same firm has a series of videos which are quite informative and demonstrate some of the queries that crop up
  20. Hi all, how comprehensive is the solar system installed on new swifts, 80 watt panel, charge controller, smart system. Is it man enough for off grid touring? Does it need upgrading? Thanks in advance. Howard
  21. We have an AceJubileeHerald 4 berth 2006 model. Would like to try out solar. We always go to full ehu sites. Now would like to use sites without electric. Hubby is good with his hands and would like to attempt adding solar to the van. We know nothing about it. What size panel would we need going on the fact that I use everything electric I. e. Tv radio mobile phones cleaner hair dryer iPad I am a typical woman if it runs on electric I use it Would love some advice from you as to what and where to start in attaching a solar panel to our loved van. Don't forget we are newbies to this so
  22. Hi Guys, I',m new to the forum so forgive my first post. ....;-) Can any of you help me in recommending a good quality solar panel charging kit. What types are best mono or poly. i have been told the Photosonic range is good. I have been advised minimum 100 watts. I am going to site next year on a non electric pitch so will need a good panel to charge phones and tablets and maybe run a TV as well. We are a family of five and the wife and 3 kids love their tablets etc. Any advice would be much appreciated Thanks Guys much appreciated
  23. Hello, Is it possible to power a fridge by solar panel? I live in Malta where the sun is almost always shining throughout the whole year. I've just installed a 280W mono solar panel, a 30A MPPT solar charge controller Tracer series, a remote meter for MPPT Tracer controller. .. but I'm still contemplating on what battery AH power to go for. Any suggestions? A friend suggested up to 300AH could be easily kept charged with my setup. The problem is, a 230AH Banner battery can weigh over 60kilos while I haven't located a decent Gel or AGM battery supplier on the island. Optima make great
  24. As a fan of the newer type of lightweight semi-flexible solar panels, the only downside to myself is the problem of sticking the whole unit to the caravan roof. This really puts me off. The weight savings of these panels are not to be ignored though, they are so much lighter than framed glass panels. So, when looking around ebay at various semi-flexible panels I found these handy new mounting brackets. Obviously I have not tried them, but they look like a really good solution to fitting these lighter panels IMHO. http://www. ebay. co. uk/itm/NEW-6-x-Corner-Bracket-Set-Semi-Flexibl
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