Where to mount solar charge controller

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Where to mount solar charge controller

Hi,

I have a 13' Scamp and I recently purchased a Renogy 50w panel with charge controller.  Does anyone have any suggestions on where to mount the charge controller?  I am thinking about permanently mounting the controller somewhere and connecting it to the battery.  Then I plan to connect the solar panel to the controller only when I'm camping.  I'm open to any other suggestions, particularly if you have a strategy that works.

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Marty

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Hey Marty,

How ya doin? Is that a portable panel or a flat panel you are converting to use as a portable panel?

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Hi Greg,

Hi Greg,

I am doing well and hope you are enjoying in the cool country.  I think the answer to your question is a flat panel that I want to use as a portable.  I'll attach a photo if that will help.

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Marty

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Marty,

Reason I asked was portables have the charge controller built into the back of the panel.

When I had my portables I used these solar connectors and had one permanently wired to the battery posts and tucked it into the battery case when not being used. Then I had my charge controller wired with one of these on each end and a 25' extension cord which connect to the charge controller and the panel. Didn't want to mount the charge controller, just rolled the wire up around it and stored it away when not using. When needed just get the wire roll out and plug in the panel and the battery end and you're set.

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Greg - Thanks so much.  I

Greg - Thanks so much.  I think you have been able to refine my fuzzy thinking.  Happy 4th.

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I mounted our controller above the front closet

I mounted our controller above the front closet. Seemed like a good spot for collecting power from the rooftop panel and sending it to the tongue mounted battery on our Scamp.

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Is there any need to disconnect the built in controller/charger from the battery circuit while charging the battery using the solar controller. I could see an issue if plugged into shore power at the same time. If boondocking it doesn’t seem to matter. Right?

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Mike, I leave mine connected

Mike, I leave mine connected all the time. Either one will cut off when the battery reaches their respective cutoff voltage. I have the rooftop panel running all the time, so the solar controller will stop the flow of voltage once the battery is full. If I'm also plugged into electric then the camper converter also knows when to shut off the voltage.

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