The red shrink tubing was used on both ends of the positive lead to make it easy to identify.
the cell phone antenna. The easiest way to locate the right spot was to back drill from the closet.
Bogart Engineering's SC-2030 controller. The SC-2030 is adjustable and can be set to voltages recommended by battery manufacturers instead of the significantly lower set points built into most controllers (including the Renogy.)
The biggest challenge for the wiring was finding connectors locally that could handle the 8 gauge wire.
It's all hooked up, and the controller indicates power from the solar panel when the lights are on in the garage. Next trick is to actually go camping and see how it does. I'm off to Quartzsite for solar testing.
- The Renogy controller is positive ground which I didn't catch in the description until I had the controller in hand. It doesn't matter in our fiberglass trailer, but could be a deal breaker in a metallic structure.
- Until we install a TriMetric battery monitor we'll not have accurate data regarding how much power the installation is actually producing, but we will be able to observe the impact in general terms by the voltage (or specific gravity of the acid) in our batteries.