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Old 01-02-2019, 12:01 PM   #15
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While I don't have the technical expertise of previous posters, I did purchase the renogy 100watt solar suitcase foldout panel with controller. It was easy to set up and worked great for the 4 days I used it. It brought my battery up to full charge everyday. I did buy a 20ft extension and placed a short pigtail on my battery so all I have to do is open the battery compartment and plug it in. I purchased mine for about $180 on Amazon but they may have gone up since last Febuary.
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Old 01-05-2019, 06:54 PM   #16
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I got some 10AWG cables on Amazon - the 20' cables are Renogy's. The cables are indeed somewhat stiff, but I'll take that if the tradeoff is durability and good current-carrying capacity. That's important to me in the Pacific Northwest because sun isn't always guaranteed here, even in summer, and sometimes I imagine the entire 20' of cable may be needed. I bought three cable sets - one 3' long from the battery cave out (ring terminals on one end, MC4 on the other), a 20' cable set with MC4 on one end, bare on the other (to the controller) and a final 1' set from the panel's pigtail to the controller. I could have just cut the pigtails from the panel and hooked them up to the controller, but wanted to be able to take everything apart as needed.

We're testing it in AZ in a month (unless we have a sunny day here) and I will report back. Still not sure about the permanent setup - some have suggested going through the battery cave and out the main power door on the trailer. But we have twin beds, so I am not sure at this point where I would mount the controller. Until then, it can be plugged in out by the panel, since it's waterproof.

Thank you everyone!
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Old 01-05-2019, 08:32 PM   #17
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I've thought doing something fancier with the pigtail from the battery but for now I just leave the door open. I think the cave is completely sealed from the interior, so no critter access. Someday maybe a hole with a sliding cover like on the electric cord hatch.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:40 PM   #18
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I'm about simplicity for now as well (that and it's 40 degrees out). I received the 10AWG cables, and they are stout (quite stiff). I've connected the pigtail and the longer cable to the controller, and it all fits inside a nice market bag. Looking forward to upcoming testing!
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:27 AM   #19
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I used 12/2 marine cable for my '100w' panel solar extension cord, its worked quite nicely for me.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:29 AM   #20
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use the keywords below for finding a thru the roof or sidewall solar cable port that has a cover flap on the outside of it for waterproofing when not in use. There are two styles, one is SAE the other is the type used for Furrion solar panels. The Furrion socket is likely the better design but I did not see it at the time I was purchasing this item so I have the SAE style.



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