Solar On A Burstner T660

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  1. stevec

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    I will be collecting a new T660 in a few weeks and will be fitting a 140W solar panel. I have been told it is fitted with an Electroblok EBL99 unit. Has anyone fitted solar to one of these and do I need a proprietary regulator? Reading on the A&N website it seems that I do. The solar installation on my existing van uses a Tracer along with a battery to battery charge regulator (CB2?).
     
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    I would check directly with Schaudt - Udo Lang is your man. A&N seem to be extremely knowledgeable, but I picked up some information from their website, which was contradicted by my dealer. I checked with Schaudt, and the dealer was correct. Possibly the A&N website was out of date, but for whatever reason, Udo saved me a shed load of cash. Email Udo - perfect English, and replies very quickly.
    Udo.Lang@schaudt-gmbh.de
     
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    Thanks for that feedback. I'll email him over the weekend. I've heard the Elektroblok units doing odd things if the incorrect regulator is used. So best get things right first time. It's nice to hear of a manufacturer actually answering email let alone giving good and relevant advice!
     
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    Dave Newell wired our panel into the Elektrblok
     
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    We also have T660 and have thought of doing the same. I look forward to seeing how you get on, even where you fit them on the roof.
    Do you think 140W is the optimum size?
    Keep us up to date.
     
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    Optimum size depends on how much power you use (so need to replace). Our t625 has a 85Ah battery and 80W panel wired direct into the Electroblok as mentioned. It copes fine with our demands. See http://www.gjh.me.uk/mhnotes.htm#power
     
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    Where a Schaudt Elektroblock is fitted it is wise to use Schaudt's own regulator. It used to be the LR 1218 (12 volt 18 amp) which is a PWM unit but Schaudt have recently brought out an MPPT version (LRM 1218). We have both in stock.

    D.
     
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    That's what I fitted to my T620, works fine and a piece of cake to fit..
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    Which one did you fit, LR1218 or LRM 1218?

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    So an LRM1218 it is then! Now just have to make sure the dealer puts the cables through the roof in the right place. I'm having them fit the cables (and only the cables) as that will ensure the habitation warranty will remain intact. The T660 lockers don't go to the roof so the only place to invisibly drop the cables is in the wardrobe. A longer run but I'll get them to use 6mm2 cabling.
     
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    Good advice from Dave N (as always). One of the advantages of using the Schaudt regulator is that it will charge the starter battery as well as the leisure battery(ies). I have the older LR1218/EBL99 set-up and it works very well. One thing you might consider is fitting a large fuse in the +ve line between the panel and the regulator. This is not a necessity, but if the LRM1218 is not easy to access once fitted, it makes the task of disconnecting the feed to the regulator much easier than fishing about in a tight corner to pull out the connector. The +ve feed MUST be disconnected before the regulator if you are disconnecting the leisure battery for any reason (but you probably know this anyway).
     
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    I fitted fuses in all lines to and from the regulator in my current MH. A bit OTT but there will be one in the +ve line from the panel in the new van. I found a surprising amount of volts drop across each fuse so will only put them where needed this time.
     
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    Dave,
    LRM1218 now fitted, but did have LR1218, both work ok but me being fussy I wanted the latest..
    Keith.
     
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