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Old 09-01-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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Going solar

Been doing some solar thinking and looked at the buy sheet for my trailer and it says it has the factory solar prep installed. I look in the battery bay and see all the wiring for the batteries, the charger and the various circuits that run through the resettable breakers off the battery plus side. My question is, what does the solar prep look like? Nothing is labeled, which makes it tougher.

Any ideas? My trailer is in my sig - its a 2002 Holiday Rambler Alumascape, 30RKD.

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Can you post some pictures of your wiring....... Might be able to point out things better that way.
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Don't know what they were doing in '02, but the 'solar prep' I've seen on current RVs has really light weight wiring. Putting in at least 6 gauge (and I prefer 4) isn't all that more expensive than 8, but some manufacturers seem to think even 10 will do. If you can find what they put in and it's lighter than what you want, it's possible you could use the old to pull in new cable. All depends on where they ran it. Battery bank wiring should be no less than 4 gauge from the positive to coach and negative to ground. You can use 6 between batteries if they are all the exact same length, but 4 would be better. The positive feed should go to a fused cut off box (a 60 amp air conditioner fused disconnect box works great) and THEN to your coach.

If your solar prep is good, there should be a combiner box on your roof that has a feed going down to near your batteries that would be hooked to a solar charger. You need to figure out how many panels you can wire into that box or if you need a better one. There are some really good resources on the web to figure out what you need. One is here RV Electrical But my favorite is: HandyBob's Blog « Making off grid RV electrical systems work
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Can you post some pictures of your wiring.......
Yes I can!

I think the red arrow shows the charge controller, but I have no info on the device...its a Sterling Tech something.

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Found it! I got the manual out and there is one short paragraph way in the back that describes where the prep is and where the other end is located - in the vent opening in the bedroom. No other info is given, though.

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