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Old 06-15-2006, 04:27 PM   #1
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We bought our trailer used (BigFoot 25"); it had solar installed by the previous owner. It has one 50 Watt panel; the brand (on the back of the panel) is SolarPro. He said that he bought it at CampersWorld, but they must no longer carry it, as I can't find it on thier website. The panel is portable (stored under the bed), but has a plug installed by the back bumper of the trailer, so that's where he set it up. There is a controller mounted in the bedroom that has SolarPro CC20 on it (by that measures the charge of the battery, etc. We were thinking of getting another solar panel or two, to extend our abilities to stay charged while boondocking.

Our question: Can you mix brands? As mentioned elsewhere on the forum, Costco has a good deal on a solar system. If we bought that, could we use that brand solar panels connected to our system? How can we extend our system if we can't find the same brand panels (I don't see the the 50W listed on their website.) Will any brnad be compatible?

Any ideas or advice?


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Old 06-15-2006, 04:39 PM   #2
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Nancy, you can mix brands. Check out the Solar Tutorial listed at the left of this screen. It probably won't answer all your questions, but it's a start.

When I was figuring out what we wanted to do with ours, I got a bunch of info from Northern Arizona Wind & Sun. That's another good place to start looking for answers.

(While you wait for the experts to chime in here, I mean.)

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Old 06-15-2006, 07:47 PM   #3
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Yes, you can mix, as mentioned.

ICP is the major name in portable solar and Solar Pro is/was one of thier lines.

The Coleman set at costco is made up of ICP Panels and Packaged under the Coleman name with a Coleman invertor thrown in.
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