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Old 06-16-2017, 06:25 PM   #161
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Do you have to remember to turn on all 8 modules before driving if you want them to charge or is that automatically controlled? If not automatic, if it is only a 2 hour drive how many modules would you turn on? Do you have to keep track of which modules were used last? Will you have some sort of usage rotation in place so that the banks get somewhat equal use?

Then I guess when you stop driving you have to remember to turn some modules off.
From what I gather (we haven't got our RT yet) it's not automatic and you do have to turn on each battery you want to charge when you're driving. I think the manual also says to turn on the inverter but I don't think it's actually necessary to do so to charge the batteries.

If you're only driving 2 hours and have all 8 "empty" I suppose it's your choice if you want to turn them all on or just one or two. I don't know how the charging works, if it evenly charges all that are on, or if it goes one by one. Not sure. I would imagine the former so if you just wanted to fill one up, you could just turn that one on only.

There is a volt readout that can show the voltage for each battery (apparently not as good as showing the state of charge) that you can use to see which batteries are more charged than others (plus or minus). From what I've read, most people do rotate the batteries and turn them on typically one at a time to keep the parasitic drag from reducing the juice on batteries not being used at the time.
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:27 PM   #162
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I think RT sells a mobile solar panel option. Anybody have that or know how that mobile solar panel would connect to the RT? If that connection exists and can handle it, it might be the simplest way to add solar to the rig.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:23 PM   #163
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I think RT sells a mobile solar panel option. Anybody have that or know how that mobile solar panel would connect to the RT? If that connection exists and can handle it, it might be the simplest way to add solar to the rig.
Winnebago does, not RT.

But I am sure it can be arranged.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:30 PM   #164
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Winnebago does, not RT.

But I am sure it can be arranged.
I had thought they offered a 20W mobile panel, so I went to check the website. It has all changed. They have now updated their website to reflect new prices and packages. Good on them, that should clear up the confusion we dealt with when purchasing.
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I'm confused. You don't know what you are getting, confessed to not understanding systems, and yet you are already speculating add-ons and changing out some things to correct or improve them. Why?
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I had thought they offered a 20W mobile panel, so I went to check the website. It has all changed. They have now updated their website to reflect new prices and packages. Good on them, that should clear up the confusion we dealt with when purchasing.
You are correct, Roadtrek does offer a 200 watt mobile solar panel but it seems to show up as an option only on the 210/190 PC and the 170. With the 600 watt array provided in the Warp Core option, I don't think it's practical.
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I'm confused. You don't know what you are getting, confessed to not understanding systems, and yet you are already speculating add-ons and changing out some things to correct or improve them. Why?
Sounds like you've got the situation down perfectly. I'm hoping what gets delivered is an airplane or perhaps a submarine. Something really exciting, but I have no idea what I'm getting at all and I certainly don't know enough to think about improvements. I mean, I was thinking a screen door addition might be nice, but hell if it turns out to be a submarine that won't work so why bother?
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You are correct, Roadtrek does offer a 200 watt mobile solar panel but it seems to show up as an option only on the 210/190 PC and the 170. With the 600 watt array provided in the Warp Core option, I don't think it's practical.
Thanks. Was hoping that might be an easy way to tie additional solar into the system.
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Thanks. Was hoping that might be an easy way to tie additional solar into the system.
We got our 210 without the portable solar option so I have no idea how it is integrated into the charging system either as additional support for the rooftop solar option which we do have or how it would be connected as a standalone setup. One way or the other, it would have to look at a solar controller input.

Have they given you a delivery date and; where will it be delivered to?
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We got our 210 without the portable solar option so I have no idea how it is integrated into the charging system either as additional support for the rooftop solar option which we do have or how it would be connected as a standalone setup. One way or the other, it would have to look at a solar controller input.

Have they given you a delivery date and; where will it be delivered to?
That makes sense. No delivery date yet, just a July build date and we'll pick it up in Minnesota.
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