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Old 06-04-2012, 12:00 PM   #1
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ICP solar panel replacement

Wondering if anyone can help us at there. Took our first road trip in our 2004 Fleetwood Southwind we purchased in March of this year. After what seemed like a million little things that we had to fix, we finally managed to get it on the road. Will most likely later post more on all the problems we had. Now am simply adding one more annoyance. As we were driving along, we had a banging and flopping, which at first we took for a tire failure, but stopped got out and checked and tires were all ok. Climbed up on the roof and lo and behold, the solar panel had broken loose. It of course was broken and now am looking to see if anyone out there can help me find a replacement. The info on it is as follows ICP Global Technologies, Part # 04053, RVP # 7333-303 5.1 Watts @17.5 Volts, 290 MA 12" x 12" . Would appreciate any help you can give me Thanks

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Old 06-04-2012, 12:41 PM   #2
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Most people discover early on that those little 'optional' solar panels that come with the RV are too small to be of much use. Since you have it, that probably means your RV didn't come with an auxiliary device to keep your chassis (starting) battery charged while on shore power. Just add a Trik-L-Start or a float charger from WM for $20 to keep your chassis battery charged and forget that little solar panel. JMO.

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Old 06-04-2012, 03:41 PM   #3
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Hello Emmi, well good luck finding one of those stock solar panels, maybe at a rv grave yard. The key is the 5 watts and the voltage, which is not under load. So bearing that in mind, here's one I put on a 2002 Pace Arrow that I owned once, and will probably put on my new (to me) Expedition, as the one I have is toast

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Ok, you will have to cut the connecting wires from your old one and wire it to the new solar panel. Observe the wiring closely there should be marking on the wires to signify the ground wire and the positive. Make sure you have these identified. Cut the old connection off the old solar panel, leave about 5 inches of wire on it. Then cut the wire from the new solar panel.
Now see if I can tell you how to do this. Stagger the cuts, cut one wire on the old one shorter than the other. Then lay the new panel wire on the old wire with the connector and cut it to match, so the cuts are not side by side but probably 1 1/2 inches apart, comprende?

Then get some heat shrink tubing and a soldering iron and a long extension cord crawl up there on the roof and slip a piece of heat shrink tubing over one of the wires, (make sure the heat shrink will fit back over the wires after you have joined them), push the heat shrink back far enough on the wire so the heat from the solder gun will not cause it to shrink. Solder it. Do the same for the other wire.

Use BLACK UV resistant zip ties to hold the new panel to the old mount. BTW, if the old mount is toast, sand it off and coat it with black undercoating, will look like new.

Well that's about all the scoop I have left in this shovel full. Oh yeah watch the little red light in the surround on your air conditioner, (inside the coach) and it should be red and glowing if the sun is out.

Hope this helps
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