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Old 02-28-2015, 12:42 PM   #1
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Easy Solar Panel Installation

This is the easiest solar panel installation I have seen and the RV is laid out similar to mine. It is the second video on the page for the Go Power kit.
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I am tempted to try this, but while watching, I think I heard Handy Bob screaming in the background. While easy, it is probably not the most effective as the solar controller is connected to the charge converter in the rear to save running heavy wire to the batteries up at the front of the RV. And the Go Power kit is probably not cost effective either.
What do you think?
And maybe I should have posted this in the Mods or Boondock section.
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Initially that is the exact setup i was going to do on our TT. Youre basically piggy backing on the wires from the charge controller. Those wires need to carry the sum of the power from all your solar panels and your charger when plugged into shore power. We have more panels we were going to add but started small and sized the MPPT controller for growth.

Eventually we opted to go down the front cap and be close to the batteries. Was it ideal? No...but it works. Here is a link if anyone is interested.

Added solar to Jayco 298 Eagle

It would be so much more convent if the manufactured prepped these trailers for solar. Good luck whatever you end up doing. It's worth it.
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Old 02-28-2015, 03:32 PM   #3
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In thinking about campsites, it is typical for the front of the fiver to be in the sun more often than the rear because we back in. Placing the solar panels up front should be more productive. I do have a possible wire path to the basement via the wall at the steps to the bed/bath where the control panel is. So if I can find a way to drill up out of that wall, I should be golden with running solar wires to a controller mounted in the basement adjacent to the battery compartment.
Solar prepping RVs is becoming more common. Grand Design is doing it now.
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I think a 5ver would have easier basement access but I could be wrong. In our TT the undercarriage is all sealed up making things much more difficult to run cable back and forrh.
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Lots of 5th wheel coaches don't have a fridge vent on roof. Vents make do though
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