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Old 09-06-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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Solar panel operation/hook-up

I have a 2006 Newmar Mountain Aire. The coach has a solar panel on the roof, a light on the dash and wires c/w a connector in the battery compartment that is not connected to anything. I was told by the previous owner that it isn't working/connected.
The light on the dash comes on when it is, I assume, ready to charge the batteries.

What do I need to do to make it operational? Just connect the wires to the battery terminals?

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Old 09-06-2013, 05:51 PM   #2
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My knowledge of solar is minimal but I will try to help.
The panel looks very small, so it is probably a battery maintainer/trickle charger. You may be able to connect direct to the battery but you should do more research first.

Larger solar panels output at a higher voltage (the ones on our coach are around 20 volts). These panels require a Solar Controller that manages the output to match the battery's needs so they don't overcharge.

You may be able to test the voltage output using a voltmeter on a bright sunny day, you can also measure the Amp output if your multimeter has that capability.

Good Luck and hopefully someone with more knowledge will give better advice.

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Old 09-06-2013, 06:26 PM   #3
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If you go to the end of this link will explain your solar panel.
The panel is only connected to your chassis ,engine batteries, not house batteries.
This link will explain your coach battery systems.
All the links in my signature will lead you to info on other items in your coach.
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