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Old 09-13-2017, 07:12 AM   #1
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About to begin installing a 100w solar panel on the rv roof, would appreciate some advice on 1. routing the cable from panel to controller and 2. where to install the controller.
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Most of the time the cable is routed down the vent hole for the refrigerator.
I used fairly large brackets on the solar panel and glued it to the fiberglass roof with the same stuff that windshields are glued in with. No holes in the roof that way.
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You should NOT glue or use VHB tape on a Bounder as it does NOT have a fiberglass roof. I screwed and riveted (use the expanding type rivets such as :Rivets
Yes, behind the refer in the 35K works nicely. I then went along the wall to the 2nd basement compartment and went thru the floor. Mounted my controller in that compartment . for 100w you don't have to worry too much it doesn't produce a lot of power but in general you want to keep the run form the controller to the batteries as short as possible with larger cables. I have a pretty detailed write up on irv2 on my install.
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Screws if not fiberglass roof. Screws or VHB tape if fiberglass.

Wires run down the refrigerator vent is usually easiest.

Single 100w panel is primarily for battery maintenance, I assume. Do invest in a quality controller for best charging and battery bank longevity. Morningstar would be my choice, the have an excellent line of smaller PWM controller.
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You should NOT glue or use VHB tape on a Bounder as it does NOT have a fiberglass roof. I screwed and riveted (use the expanding type rivets such as :Rivets
Yes, behind the refer in the 35K works nicely. I then went along the wall to the 2nd basement compartment and went thru the floor. Mounted my controller in that compartment . for 100w you don't have to worry too much it doesn't produce a lot of power but in general you want to keep the run form the controller to the batteries as short as possible with larger cables. I have a pretty detailed write up on irv2 on my install.
Having trouble finding your install write-up.....
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Any ideas on how to route the cables from roof panel to controller in basement without removing the fridge. Were full-timers so its in constant use....
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Unless its purely for battery maintenance while in storage or something like that, 100watts wont give you much bang for the bucks???????
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Any ideas on how to route the cables from roof panel to controller in basement without removing the fridge. Were full-timers so its in constant use....
IMO you need to bite the bullet on this one. The residential refer comes out very easy. Back in '12 not sure if they have a RR. The only other real option would be through the closet in the BR but then you will have a long unprotected run through the basement of those cables - not recommended.
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Any ideas on how to route the cables from roof panel to controller in basement without removing the fridge. Were full-timers so its in constant use....
On our previous coach with electric/propane refrigerator, ran the wires down the roof refrigerator vent. Outside access panel behind the refrigerator provided ready access to pull down the wires.
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Unless its purely for battery maintenance while in storage or something like that, 100watts wont give you much bang for the bucks???????
Battery maintenance is all Im after currently, can always add panels in the future.
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