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Old 04-24-2018, 11:51 PM   #1
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I have a Chateau 2014, 31W. I recently purchased a portable solar panel to charge my batteries while boondocking. The panel has a built-in controller and I hook it directly to the batteries. My question is should I shut off the breaker to my converter while the solar panel is connected?
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Old 04-25-2018, 12:01 AM   #2
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Why? You're boondocking, you have no 120 VAC going to the converter.
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Old 04-25-2018, 01:56 AM   #4
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I forgot to add that I am running my inverter.
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Old 04-25-2018, 11:37 AM   #5
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We generally never use the converter but when its on the solar will eventually take control of charging when the panel gets enough sun.
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Old 04-25-2018, 12:40 PM   #6
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I forgot to add that I am running my inverter.
Inverter doesn't power converter... That would be an endless inefficient loop... With no shore power or genny, the converter is unpowered.
Regardless the systems can typically peacefully coexist.

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We generally never use the converter but when its on the solar will eventually take control of charging when the panel gets enough sun.
Unlike your 'Nest' (which is impressive), I don't think a single portable solar panel will 'take control' of anything...

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I have a Chateau 2014, 31W. I recently purchased a portable solar panel to charge my batteries while boondocking. The panel has a built-in controller and I hook it directly to the batteries. My question is should I shut off the breaker to my converter while the solar panel is connected?
What is it you are trying to accomplish?? What is the size of the panel (watts)? A single panel may return small amounts of energy, but not likely enough to keep up with even minimal usage while boondocking... And any significant load using an inverter isn't 'minimal'...
Even 100W load (less than 1A at 110v) on that inverter will draw over 8A from your 12v supply.
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