Load shed is to protect the vehicle voltage when running. Ford seems to be very emphatic about the need for that. Conservative for a relatively small additional load. Probably, but IIRC they have load shed on both the 60A and 170A CCPs. Doubt they would spend even the small $ if it was not necessary. Not worth the chance seeing the signal is provided and with a DC-DC you'd probably just need a really cheap low voltage relay in the vehicle run signal line to add that functionality."Just add a vehicle-run signal to shut off the DC-DC when engine isn't running."
I have a single Rich Solar panel that you are considering (24V, 200W). Works great so far; have only had it installed for about a month. Max power output so far was 150W, which I think is pretty good considering flat mount and late October sun angle at Washington DC latitude. For my single panel install, the 24V panel was important to ensure I had adequate voltage to maximize charging hours. I get around 46V max, and the low-light voltage is sufficient to keep charging pretty much all day, even if the power output gets pretty low. Works great while traveling when I can optimize sun exposure; when parked at home on a city street, I only get 5-15W output due to tree canopy and building shade. Enough to almost offset the non-stop 4W Victron Cerbo consumption..Wondering if anyone has any experience with these panels or has recommendations on others. Also open to any other thoughts on mounting and the electrical system in general.
How far forward of the front bracket is the panel? I can try to fit 3 of these sideways or just go 2 Newpowa 210 long ways. Maybe having Newpowa mounted further back to help mpg would be best if these aren't quite doing advertised numbers.Those ones are working fine for me. Not sure they're as "200W" as they say... but they've worked fine since last January or whatever.
Not sure I follow. The front bracket mount point? Not far. Just behind the little shark-fin antenna thing. I keep saying I'll do a fairing eventually... but it keeps not being a priority. Pretty sure going to the front plus a fairing is about right with the crazy forehead on this thing.How far forward of the front bracket is the panel? I can try to fit 3 of these sideways or just go 2 Newpowa 210 long ways. Maybe having Newpowa mounted further back to help mpg would be best if these aren't quite doing advertised numbers.