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  1. Expedition Roof Rack on a Pop Top

    Customising / Modding
    I'm looking at putting a rigid solar panel on my SCA194 roof, and am looking at using roof bars to do this rather than the corner feet which are another option. However, I wondered if anyone here had put an expedition type roof rack on their pop top? It may be a really bad idea but it's just...
  2. Solar Panel Set Up

    Electrical
    Hi all, I'm setting our van up for off grid camping, summer and winter. To do this I'm ordering the following equipment: Solar Panel:190 Watt 12 Volt Pannello Solare Monocristallino (rigid, fitted to roof rack or roof channels when rack not installed) Mobile Panel:No Solar charge controller:TBB...
  3. Which internal connectors to use whEn extending solar cable?

    Electrical
    I need to extend my solar cable. The tidiest way would be to replace the existing 2metre length with a 4 metre length at the junction terminal on the solar panel. But I don’t believe I can do this without affecting its waterproofing. Consequently I plan to extend the cable after it enters my...
  4. Semi flexible solar air gap

    Electrical
    Hi Just wondering has anyone mounted their flexi solar panels on to their roofs with a polycarbonate (twinwall) sheet between? Like in the following link: https://www.thepolycarbonatestore.co.uk/4-mm-clear-polycarbonate-multiwall Wondering if something like this would provide a means of...
  5. Solar and Split charge relay problem

    Electrical
    Hi. I have a 2014 VW T5 with a 12v leisure battery connected to vehicle battery via a 140A Sensitive Relay (Portable Power Technology). I have fitted a 150W solar panel and SmartSolar controller MPPT 75/15 to the leisure battery. My problem is that the split charge relay constantly clicks and...
  6. Solar panels: flexi or semi?

    Electrical
    Hi again So, I've found a VW shop who can supply and fit a 150W solar panel with Victron 75/15 controller. The panel they supply is a fully flexible one, rather than a semi-flexible on a thin backing board. Now my T5 has a Reimo-style pop-top roof, which is not entirely flat: it has 3 wide...
  7. Wiring a Victron SmartSolar controller

    Electrical
    Hi all My T5 has an existing 12V leisure system: 240V EHU (12V charger but no inverter), split-charge (not sure of the type of relay) to 110Ah battery. Am running a 40W Dometic compressor fridge, LED lights, water pump and USB charge sockets. I would like to install a 150W solar panel and...
  8. Kiravan semi flexible solar panel

    Electrical
    Kiravans are currently discounting £100 off their 120w semi flexible panel bringing it down to £190ish. Controller cost is on top. I’ve been mulling over the idea of going solar and I wondered whether this is good value for a panel? Certainly cheaper than photonic but not sure whether better...
  9. Solar Camper Solutions VW T5/T6 Bolt-on Solar Kit

    VAG Parts For Sale
    Brand New Unused Solar Camper Solutions VW T5/T6 Bolt-on Solar Kit. Change of plans means it's no longer required. This is the 2018 panel. Kit can be seen in link below. This is the panel kit only, no controller included. Retail is £399...
  10. After Solar Panel advice ( temporary fitting )

    Electrical
    All, I have a 2013 Caravelle (with Bluemotion ) and have fitted a single leisure battery powering a small fridge + USB gadgets - all is working well. I have a CTEK 250SA which does the charging, but I have changed my job now and my van sits on the drive now for days/weeks at a time and...
  11. Solar Controller Question

    Electrical
    Hi, I have been doing my research and planning on a solar system on my T5. I have bought 1 x 100W panel and looking to get a MPPT Controller. The 100W panel has the following spec: Related power:100W Open circuit voltage (Voc):21.6V Max power voltage (Vpm):17.3V Short circuit current...
  12. Solar panels & split charger

    Electrical
    Hi, i have purchased a T5 with a 4 year old Cannon Camper conversion. The unit has a solar panel & controller connected to re-charge the leisure battery together with a PMS3 unit to charge when on electric hookup. Should I also expect a split charge system from the van battery to have been...
  13. A charger for everything?!?!?

    Electrical
    Hey :) I’m after a new ‘split charge setup’ .. Needs to have.. Solar panel input Battery to battery setup Charges leisure battery when on mains hookup *All automatic* no faffing around.. Be awesome to have just one box that everything connects to and is basically fit and forget. Ctek...
  14. Solar Array

    Electrical
    Hi, I have two Solar panels one 140w on the roof and a 120w folding. The roof mounted one is permanently connected to the Vitron blue power MPPT solar controller, the folding one has connectors under the bonnet to plug into when its used. Currently they are wired in parallel, my question is...
  15. Solar connector alternative

    Welcome to The VW T4 Forums
    I've just got a 100w solar panel which we're going to mount on the pop top, but in a way that is removable so that we can stick the panel in the sun as required on a 5m extension. Currently looking at reimo rails or similar for which we can build a frame that will allow the panel to slide in...
  16. flexi stick down solar panels

    Interior
    Hi, Thanks in advance to all you lovely people who may be able to offer me some advice... T: I have a 2011 T5.1 with a 'ridged' rather than flat smooth roof. Does anyone have experience of installing flexi stick down solar panels to a T5 with a 'ridged roof'? e.g. How can you form a proper...
  17. Solar charging and 2 leisure batteries

    General T5 Technical
    Hi all, I'm in the process of replacing the dead leisure battery on my T5 camper. I've got a 250W solar panel on the roof, so am going for AGM batteries this time around. I decided to get an extra battery, so I would have 2 leisure batteries to double my capacity for off grid camping...
  18. What solar??

    General Van Chat
    Hi all, I've recently started converting an already converted VW T4. Thought by the time I got to the stage I'm at, that I'd have made up my mind on what solar set up I want. But I am still struggling to wrap my head around what I need. I've been eyeing up this set up with the MPPT charger...
  19. Leisure batteries and solar charging

    Electrical
    I'm sure there are people out there who can advise me on this. I've got a 2015 T5 campervan and last year fitted a 150W solar panel to the roof. I've just been away on holiday and found that the leisure battery seems to have stopped holding its charge - it's about 2 years old but has been fully...
  20. What solar panel set up? Advice please

    General T4 Chat
    Hi all, I would like to get a solar panel for my T4. I was looking at a rigid 150w kit from maplin originally but was advised by bimble solar that they would recommend a 300W panel..another company has said get an extra battery and go for a 200W... so not really sure what to go for! What I'd...
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