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    Posted: 06 Jun 2016 at 12:07pm
Hello R-Podders,
I just got mine and stayed at a campsite with electric. I didn't know the refrigerator would keep running after I disconnected to power. So know I have a dead battery :-(
 
My R-pod is in the driveway. Can I just connect the power to the outlet in the garage to recharge the Battery?
 
Also I am going to be doing dry camping in July. I am worried about buying the Zamp Portable Solar. It seems very easy to steal. Is there a way to lock it while it is collecting energy?
 
What generator do you recommend?
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Yes, you can plug in at home. The battery will recharge. Hopefully it isn't ruined.

Solar may or may not be the answer for boondocking, a lot depends on where, and how you boondock. We have done 5 days, no recharging, but we run dual batteries. A portable solar array is in fact.. portable. I know of no way to lock them up, and have them in the sun.

If you only need the genny to run the smaller 120v stuff/loads, and not the air conditioner, then any of the 2000watt inverter types will do. If you need to run the a/c.. whole other deal. Either the dual Honda 2000i's or the Yamaha 2400i are the gold standard, so to speak.
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Hi Furpod,
Thank you for the advice. I noticed one person had modified their R-Pod to put permanent Solar panels on the roof. Wouldn't be able to adjust for the Sun, but I would think less likely to be stolen. Do you think on the roof would work as well or better since there 24/7?
 
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I am not a fan of on the roof, because where we camp, we are almost always under trees, and like it that way, also, on the roof, you can't "aim" the panels at the sun. Solar is very very dependent on sun/panel angle. If I was in the desert southwest, maybe.
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roof mount keeps your batteries topped off in storage also. Handy for those of us that cant store plugged in. 
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Thank you Furpod,
My battery recharged to full again.
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I am dry camping now and I got the 80 Zamp solar. It wants me to set the battery type. AGM, wet, gel..
Anyone know what kind the RPod 178 has?
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if the battery was dealer installed it would be a group 24 wet cell.  Most are dual use so can be deep charged a bit more than a regular car battery.  I installed a group 27 troling motor battery which is wet but larger.  your  solar panel will basically trickle charge the battery.
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Thank you. I'll set to wet.
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