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Old 02-04-2013, 12:30 AM   #1
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Solar prewire

My coach had an oem option for solar, but was not part of the package. The solar wires were ran however and I found them coiled up under the refrigerator roof vent. Does anyone know how this gets routed to the battery compartment? I don't see the other end in the battery compartment. Also where should I mount the charge controller? I haven't purchased my controller yet but would like to get a remote readout that I could mount near my refrigerator.
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Often the OEM wiring is not as large a wire as needed for good solar system effeciency, suggest to be sure and check this when designing your installation.
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On 98 - 02 Sigs, the factory ran 8 gauge wire from the roof, to the controller located above the frig, the the battery battery compartment. The controller location and the wire size limits the solar panel bank size to around 300w.

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I plan on installing a 24 volt panels so the chart I found online says its good for 43 dc amps at 24 volts. That is if I use #10 wire which is what mine says. Am I correct in that? That means 24x43 which means it can handle 1043 watts of solar?
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On should review the end needs and work backwards.
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Holiday Rambler Alumascape Fifth Wheel Pre-wired for Solar

I found my pre-wired for solar 8 AWG and 16 AWG wires coiled next to the battery bank, and noticed they travel into the wall of the RV. I looked everywhere for the terminal ends of these wires and never found them (not in refrigerator or other vents, not under refrigerator, in closets, under bed, by TV, etc). I ordered an Intelligent Design PCW Solar Charger 12V-24V and two 100Watt panels from Renogy. I connected them in parallel with MMF and FFM Y connectors and ordered 10AWG wires with MC4 connectors to connect the Y connectors to the charge controller. I checked the connections with a voltmeter and recorded 18V, and the charge controller records 7.9 Amps on a slightly overcast day (my panels aren't angled - less efficient but if you can't see them you can't shoot them ). After connecting the 16 AWG wires to the battery terminal posts and the charge controller the LCD displayed. My batteries are successfully charging, however I never found where the other end of the coiled pre-wired for solar 8 AWG and 16 AWG wires ultimately connect to after they travel through the wall. I have no idea if there is an inverter in this pre-wired option. Anyone know anything? Thanks!
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My 04 Camelot wires were went from roof to behind frige to behind the bedroom tv. Pull tv and they were coiled there with different wires from there to battery bank.
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I plan on installing a 24 volt panels so the chart I found online says its good for 43 dc amps at 24 volts. That is if I use #10 wire which is what mine says. Am I correct in that? That means 24x43 which means it can handle 1043 watts of solar?
Hi Craig, the length of the wires is important. I use the following calculator:
Wire Resistance and Voltage Drop Calculator

It says that 43 amps at 24 volts over 25' would require #8 wire. Also #10 is good for 25' at 24 volts and 30 amps.
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