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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    Thanks Craig, very helpful. 2007 GMC pickup so I doubt it is a smart alternator. I will check into its output.
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    Rear solar SAE port

    When reading the polarity of the sae plugs, which side is normally positive. Male or female?
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    In Vic's scenario, if the alternator can only get 10V to the batteries, does this mean the alternator can only charge the batteries to 10V? Sorry again for such basic questions.
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    I'm sure it was my fault with a poor explanation. The more I try to understand all the wiring terminology, electrical components of what I need to achieve my goals with my project the more overwhelmed I get. No apology needed and thanks for your help.
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    Are you permanently mounting the Anderson Powerpole Connectors in the truck bed, like the factory plug? If so what mount did you use?
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    Thanks to everyone responding. Trying to stay away from the DC to DC charger. I have the Hawk Shell so all wiring inside the camper runs down the driverside in the 2 compartments with the drop down doors and then into the battery compartment on driverside as well. I measure: 16' from battery...
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    Thanks Sage and Jon, sorry for so many basic questions but I'm trying to get a better understanding of the electrical. If I have the original 10 gauge wire running from my alternator to the truck/ camper plug, I would assume it's safe to upsize that wiring with 6 gauge without overheating the 10...
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    To be clear, if wiring from truck battery to plug is upsized, I can gain the truck charging batteries faster but no big advantage to inside camper?
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    Has anyone upgraded the wire size from the truck battery to truck/camper plug without upgrading the wiring within the camper to the house batteries? How much could I expect to gain by only upgrading this portion?
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    Thanks Vic, the project moves on.
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    Thanks Jon for the explanations. I have chosen the Renogy 200w panel. With factory wiring and the Overland Solar MPPT 100/15 I think I am covered but please confirm. The Renogy panel is rated at 23v Open Circuit Voltage, 11.05A Short Circuit Current and 10.42A Optimum Operating Current. How do I...
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    When comparing solar panels what do these things mean? 1) Open Circuit Voltage 2) Short Circuit Voltage 3) Optimum Operating Voltage 4) Optimum Operating Current
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    If I decide on a rigid (heavier) solar panel, I will be looking into both of the roof lift options.
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    Thanks guys, that will help me save space in my battery box.
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    Any particular brand of solar panels anyone has had good luck with to research?
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    I did think from my research that the rigid panels are more durable. I have roof mounts already so I would not be putting additional holes into the roof. Do you do anything to account for the additional weight, for when raising the roof or just deal with it? My wife struggles with it now but is...
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    Solar replacement and 2 agm batteries

    I initially thought I was going to convert to lithium batteries when replacing my solar panel but after continued research I have decided to replace my no longer working 160w solar panel with 200w. I am also installing 2 90ah amg batteries. I have my batteries and I am looking at solar panels...
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    FWC Electrical basics and upgrading to lithium!

    Thanks guys, very helpful indeed. Now if I read it another 4 or 5 times it will start to sink in.
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    FWC Electrical basics and upgrading to lithium!

    I purchased my FWC Hawk Shell in 2021 with a 160W solar panel and only the one AGM 90 ah battery. I don't know much about batteries and less about solar. My thought was that this system would get me going and I would adapt as needed. That time has now come, since I have been told my solar panel...
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    Water intrusion

    As much as I like my FWC, I think they could care less about making improvements to their products as long as they have a long waiting list to purchase.
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    Water intrusion

    Vic, I had several water leaks on my first trip (some in my bunk area) after receiving my brand new Hawk. I made a video of what I was able to find and the fixes I made. So far so good on the fixes. Here is the initial video but there are a few follow ups as my first repair attempts did not...
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