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tlassen
11-25-2016, 02:47 PM
My wife and I recently purchased the Mallard IDM231. Among many things we were attracted to the solar ready receptacle. I am interested in a portable panel that generates 100-150 watts with a longer cord so I can set the panel on the roof during storage. I have found no information from Heartland regarding the connection prewired into the trailer or its connector. I am sure that Heartland researched and designed the connection based on existing and available equipment. Any recommendations as to brands. models, etc. is greatly appreciated

danemayer
11-25-2016, 04:31 PM
Hi tlassen,

As I understand it, the connector just has wires routed to the battery so you can use a portable solar setup or more easily install one. In addition to the panel, I think you also need a controller. If you haven't already done so, you might browse the existing threads in the Solar sub-forum, here (https://heartlandowners.org/forumdisplay.php/535-Solar-Power). And of course, other owners are likely to chime in with suggestions.

tlassen
11-25-2016, 05:35 PM
Thanks Dan...the connection is setup for a plug and play install. The dealer said there were several brands that would plug directly into the connection and the portable panels would come with controller. I have found several that meet my requirement that connect directly onto battery or I could fabricate a connection but would prefer to use as designed. I think Heartland has just not included details on this new feature.

Bigbovine
01-20-2017, 10:13 AM
May be too late, but others can use this information. The connector on the Mallards is by "Furrion". They have a 95 watt panel with controller that connects to it. There are Two companies that make an adapter as well as portable panels. They are Zamp and Go Power. I am sure there are other panels that can be used but that is what I have found. From what I have researched, the biggest you can go without changing wires and fuses (if you wish to use the connector) is 120 watt panels.

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01-20-2017, 10:29 AM
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roger80465
01-20-2017, 12:17 PM
May be too late, but others can use this information. The connector on the Mallards is by "Furrion". They have a 95 watt panel with controller that connects to it. There are Two companies that make an adapter as well as portable panels. They are Zamp and Go Power. I am sure there are other panels that can be used but that is what I have found. From what I have researched, the biggest you can go without changing wires and fuses (if you wish to use the connector) is 120 watt panels.

Just for more confirmation, I contacted Heartland to ask about solar connections. Here is their response:

This is a Furrion plug system. I have attached a link for Furrion & one to Zamp Solar which offers a plug adapter to convert their products to the Furrion application prep. Zamp seems to be more reasonably priced & offer more options.

http://furrion.com/category-electrical/landing-solar/

http://www.zampsolar.com/product/furrion-solar-port-adapter/

Thanks,

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