There is another good thread going on right now:
But I read through that and it has evolved into a discussion mainly about after market solar options. My questions are about the stock offerings of AWC.
Are the solar charge controllers that come with the individual 160w roof panel and the 80w portable panel, as well as the bundled package of both panels, all the same controller? I ask because as we plan out our purchase of a new Hawk, it seems like we can get away initially with the 160w panel and then add a portable panel if our configuration and usage needs it, and I am hoping that with getting the 160w option, adding a portable panel later is as simple as just plugging it in, rather than having to upgrade the controller.
To delve into that further, what are our options for adding a portable panel to be used with the plug on the back of the Hawk with the 160w option installed at the factory? How big a portable panel can be added to that controller along with the 160w panel? I've already looked into the proprietary Zamp plug and how to easily defeat it and use other brands of panels, but I am curious about the full range of possibilities.
We visited the FWC factory in Woodland last week and were really impressed with the product and the staff. But one thing that is sorely lacking with them is a detailed website. I can't imagine trying to plan a purchase if we didn't live close enough to visit the showroom. I am assuming the 80w portable panel is a Zamp panel, and all of the Zamp panels I looked at online seem to be pretty bulky. I am hoping the 160w panel will be enough, but if it isn't, I would like to add a lighter portable panel that won't take up too much storage space and doesn't require any big changes to the stock wiring/controller.