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I have the same charge regulator as cam pointed out..it's good solid unit. There are ones specifically designed for solar panels, the better ones are MPPT-types, and increase the efficiency of the solar panel output. Most of these can not be used with other charging sources, mainly due to the way they cut off the electricity from the panels.
As for charging the house and start banks...shouldn't be an issue if they're both of the same type—wet cell and wet cell, AGM and AGM, etc.. The float charge on the different types of batteries is slightly different, so combining them is generally not a good idea.
A good idea is a battery combiner...properly installed, it will automatically combine the two banks when either bank is charging. This simplifies things alot.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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