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Post by shortstock on Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:24 pm

Anybody any idea of the size of the solar panel that comes on the 2015 Broadway FB ....... not picked MH up yet ....but when i looked out to see it it is quite big ..id guess 100 - 120w , iam i somewhere near
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Post by Suppersready on Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:26 pm

I think standard fitment was 80/85w
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Post by roli on Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:44 pm

I also think they were around 80/85w.  You really need 100w if your not going to use EHUs

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Post by shortstock on Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:49 pm

iam going to swap the leisure battery from my caravan which is a Banner 135ah ..and my Sterling only has a 80w and can manage offgrid all weekend ..... will give it ago .....and see how it copes ...may stick an additional 100w up there
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Post by Cymro on Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:54 pm

I think that the standard in 2015 was 30w. My dealer advised me to pay for the upgrade to 80w. 

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Post by shortstock on Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:56 pm

its way bigger tan 30w .......... must have had the upgrade
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Post by Greyhound on Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:33 am

My Symbol came with an 80W, so I would expect it to be at least that if not 100+.

80W is fine for most cases.  You can go a long weekend no problem at all and in summer it's not a problem to go a week, especially if occasionally using the van for the odd run out somewhere.  I've spent a long weekend away in January with no issues.  You'd be surprised how they still work well in winter on clear days, but with obvious limitations if the weather is poor.

If you're planning on long term off grid, then you'd need more.
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Post by Paramedic on Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:10 pm

shortstock wrote:its way bigger tan 30w .......... must have had the upgrade
We measured the panel that was approximately 122 x 46 cm to confirm it was indeed an 80 watt and yes may have been an upgrade request from previous owner that was part of the luxury specification. It is likely that your solar charge management feature within the EC500 PSU, will have a maximum rating of 120w. Regards

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Post by rgermain on Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:37 pm

Our EC500 PSU takes up to a 120w panel. I would not want any smaller one, as I do have to use EHU at this time of year for one day a week, on a timer, to keep batteries topped up. We also try and get out to the beach once a week a distance of 10 miles which also help with the charging.

Our van came without a panel from the factory and I added it with no problem.
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Post by Greyhound on Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:05 am

I added a 100W to my old Nuevo.  It was one of the higher rated Bosch units and had it charging the leisure battery alone as the starter battery could last months without needing a charge.  Used to work brilliantly even over winter breaks.
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