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Solar Panel

#1 Post by Craig W. » Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:19 pm

I've been thinking about putting a small solar panel on the roof of the trailer to keep the winch battery charged. So far I really haven't had an issue with the battery being low since it charges off the truck and I usually have at least an hour drive to the track. But it might be handy. Anyone done this and seen the benefit? Sure is nice having a battery in there so the lights work any time I need them.
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#2 Post by John_Heard » Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:11 am

I run a trickle charger on mine while it's parked, so it's also got 110 out there all the time as well.

The solar panel seems like a good idea though. Are you thinking about mounting something permanent or a temporary mount?

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#3 Post by Craig W. » Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:49 am

I was thinking permanent mount and let it trickle charge all the time.

I brought the battery into the garage for the winter and have it on a trickle charger. Same for the 4-wheeler and lawn mower. Really seems to help those little batteries live.

I've got a long extension cord I can run out to the trailer for A/C power but that's not convenient for when you just need light in there for a few minutes.
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Re: Solar Panel

#4 Post by John_Heard » Wed Dec 24, 2014 8:11 am

You thinking about gluing it down or ? I'd kinda hate drilling holes into the roof causing leaks.

Maybe a mount on the side that you can disconnect when traveling?

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Re: Solar Panel

#5 Post by Craig W. » Wed Dec 24, 2014 8:22 am

No way I'm drilling any holes, so mounting it is one of the bigger questions. Not sure if auto trim tape would hold it or not That stuff is pretty stout.
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