#101558  by TonyP
 Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:34 am
Hi we are setting up the caravan to go perminant for a year or so and would lke some advice , beinf on mains water and power
Should i run the solar side aver once in a while or put covers over the panels
Luft the wheels off the ground or use the stabilisers to take some weight off the axle
Any other sugestions would be great
Tony
 #101562  by mattn
 Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:16 am
Solar panels should be left alone and let the controller do its thing, leave batteries connected. The only thing you need to do is check the battery condition. If its flooded cell, check the water levels every couple of weeks for the first few months (in case they are being overcharged), then every 6 months or so if all good. Every year or so, and before going off grid if not done recently, do a discharge test to check the battery capacity.

Never use stabilizers to take weight off the axles - especially in a UK Caravan - they are not designed for that amount of weight. Use jacks and blocks.
 #101566  by Nut17
 Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:58 am
If the Silverline is still running factory fitted battery (100 AH Bosch AGM) and factory Setec 12v power supply/trickle charger, leave the solar to help the Setec to do its job.

Modern tyres and suspension can easily cope with being parked up for 12 months. The drop down stabilisers fitted to your van are not jacks and should only be used to limit movement when the van is in use.

We have been living full time in our 25' Silverline since March 2015, but have covered a few km over the months - Not on a fixed permanent site. Enjoy :)
 #101582  by TonyP
 Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:02 pm
Thanks guys ,so very helpful
Tony
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