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Old 09-18-2020, 11:15 AM   #1
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Factory Solar System on 2014 Trillium Sidekick

Hello Fiberglass RVers!

I had purchased a 2014 Trillium 1500 sidekick manufactured by Great West Vans. It has a factory solar panel on the roof and a little battery power check meter inside on the side of the cupboard by the door. From what I can tell this is an 80 watt panel. What I can't tell is if there is a charge controller between the panel and the battery, or if the battery check meter is also a charge controller. I don't have any manuals for this unit. If anyone out there has a similar until I would appreciate any information on the solar system. Manufacturer of the panel, power check meter, or any photos or scans of the manual would be a big help. I am concerned that if there is no charge controller it is going to fry the battery. Thanks and happy camping!

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Old 09-19-2020, 03:58 AM   #2
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I can't imagine any manufacturer installing a solar system with out some sort of controller. Most panels intended for 12 volt use have an open circuit voltage of 18 - 22 volts. If you can locate the solar feed near the battery , disconnect it and measure, you should be able to tell. Most controllers will not produce an output unless connected. Obviously, you need to be in full sun when measuring but you might want to cover the panel when disconnecting to avoid sparks near the battery.
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