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Old 05-02-2019, 10:07 AM   #1
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Tiffin Wayfarer "wired for solar"

Hi, my first post!

we are in the process of buying a new Wayfarer 25QW (2019) which says it is wired for solar, but has no panels. What exactly does this mean? What will I have to do to add solar myself, assuming I know the general methods. I'm thinking of adding 200 watts of flex panels on roof with VHB tape, and I have a spare controller I can use. Is there a plug on the roof for the panel, or ? I guess I will need to add panels, wire to existing wiring and then ??

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Old 05-02-2019, 11:16 AM   #2
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Wired for solar basically means the wiring will be pre-installed so you don't have to make any runs. There will be a plastic dome cover on the roof that contains the wiring for your panels. You will have to supply the panels and the solar charge controller.
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Old 05-02-2019, 03:18 PM   #3
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Here's the funny part... Even though my dealer knew this and I told them, they still drilled thier own hole in the roof and ran their own wires when they added my solar. They even mounted the solar controller display where they wanted to vs where Tiffin put the sticker on the electronics cabinet panel to reserve the spot. You can lead a horse to water, but... Go figure.

It worked out in the end though. While adding my wifi extender and WeBoost antenna wires I leveraged what the dealer had done for roof access and antenna wire runs as that was way easier. Where the solar controller display was supposed to go I added a display for my surge protector.

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Old 05-03-2019, 04:50 AM   #4
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You should inquire more with the dealer or Tiffin because Solar pre-wire means lots of different things to the various manufacturers. I have a Leisure Unity and their definition of solar pre-wire is running a #8 wire pair from the interior over door command center panel to the under steps battery compartment. In order to do your own solar you have to figure out how you want to get a wire pair from the roof to this over door panel to connect with the battery box wire pair. Then from the battery box you have to route your own wires for the solar controller (should be as close to batteries as possible to reduce any charge voltage losses) and battery monitor. So it could be a lot of work if you don't know what you are starting with and exactly where the wires are terminated. You should also consider rigid glass panels over the flex panels. Flex panels only have a 5 year defect warranty and many are lucky to get 3 years use. Glass panels have a 25 year warranty so if you go with glass you never have to worry about replacing panels down the road. I did a "no new holes in the roof" solar install last fall and my PDF instructions may help you on yours.
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On Tiffin class A coaches it's a run of #6 wire from the roof to a controller/display location and then on to the battery bay. Ready for you to add panels, controller, and circuit protection.

I would imagine similar for the Wayfarer.
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On Tiffin class A coaches it's a run of #6 wire from the roof to a controller/display location and then on to the battery bay. Ready for you to add panels, controller, and circuit protection.

I would imagine similar for the Wayfarer.
Yah, Tiffin prewired the Wayfarer for bear (both solar and satellite dish). Same heavy duty wires.
The installer at the dealer must have had his muscle memory routine firmly fixed in his head from all his other installs. But it worked out in the long run given the other adds I installed afterwards.

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