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    Quote Originally Posted by threedogs View Post
    do you just spread them over the roof of your van and Patrol
    The 4 x 25's are in a folding canvas bag with clears on the pockets so I treat it like "normal" ones and pop 'em in teh sun as I like to have the Van in the shade.
    The 2 x 50's are seperate... don't usually need them but if I do then I just chuck 'em wherever IE on the roof basket of the Ute etc.

    At home I might have 1 x 50 keeping the Ute up to charge and 1 x 50 doing the same for the van and the 25's packed away
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin View Post
    my plan (in theory) to skip the whole dual battery setup completely.

    I have a cheap AGM deep cycle that was given to me. SO when I am driving I will have the fridge/freezer connected to the rear 12v cig socket that runs off main battery. Once I am at camp site, I will plug it into the spare deep cycle and connect the solar to the battery via a mppt controller.
    Something that I should look into.
    Pros and cons, this set up vs dual battery?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jay see View Post
    Something that I should look into.
    Pros and cons, this set up vs dual battery?
    Start a thread I think you get good info good and bad.
    Id be interested in what ppl think
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    Quote Originally Posted by threedogs View Post
    Start a thread I think you get good info good and bad.
    Id be interested in what ppl think
    We do, but a bit later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jay see View Post
    Something that I should look into.
    Pros and cons, this set up vs dual battery?
    PROs

    - Simplicity: no mucking around as its easy DIY (dont need auto leccy)

    - Cost savings: the whole thing would cost me about 350 as compared to about atleast 500 to 1000 for battery isolator and other bits and pieces and even more if I go for a decent BMS. More money if installed by a auto leccy. Dont need massive AH battery.

    - Long runtime: Potentially unlimited run time with decent sunny days and correct placement.

    - Future proof: Can add a dual battery system down the line if I feel the need and wont have to throw any existing bits away.

    - Light weight dont need super massive battery for this setup.

    CONs

    - cant wire up accessories like UHF or light bar to it easily.

    - needs manual cut over from crank battery to the spare deep cycle when u reach camp site.

    On a average we go once a month camping for about 3 nights max so this setup should work for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin View Post
    PROs

    - Simplicity: no mucking around as its easy DIY (dont need auto leccy)

    - Cost savings: the whole thing would cost me about 350 as compared to about atleast 500 to 1000 for battery isolator and other bits and pieces and even more if I go for a decent BMS. More money if installed by a auto leccy. Dont need massive AH battery.

    - Long runtime: Potentially unlimited run time with decent sunny days and correct placement.

    - Future proof: Can add a dual battery system down the line if I feel the need and wont have to throw any existing bits away.

    - Light weight dont need super massive battery for this setup.

    CONs

    - cant wire up accessories like UHF or light bar to it easily.

    - needs manual cut over from crank battery to the spare deep cycle when u reach camp site.

    On a average we go once a month camping for about 3 nights max so this setup should work for us.
    Thanks Ronin.
    I've set up a thread for this.
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    I have a thin film amorphous panel 122W that seems to do the trick. It's a bit heavy and lives in our van most of the time, but not much in overheads and runs a SunTech solar controller from the dual battery. Runs the fridge mostly (with ease). The best we got out of it was 7.8 amps.

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