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Old 11-02-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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solar pathway from roof down ?

ok you brainiacs. 1992 american eagle 38ft dp. 1) how are you routing the solar panel power from the roof down ? i've read some of you are droping down the refrigerator vent. I just am having a problem droping 2 cables down a vent that carries open flame heat out. 2) on the roof how are you protecting the cables jumping the panels, for looks and from the weather. my install will probably be one panel down drivers side (vents and skylight) and two down passanger side (only one sky light) and one or two panels across the back. was thinking might be able to drop down the rear cap with my cables.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:46 PM   #2
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Reportedly many use the sewer vent pipe. I wanted to be able to remove the solar panel (it sits on top of the garage during the winter hooked into a grid tie inverter, and used a Perko marine connector into one of the cabinets. It is water proof.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:50 PM   #3
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I'd be curious to know where you exit the wire from the sewer vent down below -- up through the toilet?

The refrigerator vent is the most common, I believe. The air flow up the 'chimney' is modulated by the fresh air coming in the access cover vent and is really not that hot. Wire insulation is resistant to the kind of temps coming out the top. After all, the cover on the top of the vent is plastic, if it was really hot, that would melt.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:43 PM   #4
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AM Solar sell a watertight box that can be installed anywhere , usually under a panel. dicor everwhere. Even along path of wires. Eliminates chatter.
Send me an email thebritinamoho@ymail.com I can show you my installing photos.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:56 PM   #5
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AM Solar sell a watertight box that can be installed anywhere , usually under a panel. dicor everwhere. Even along path of wires. Eliminates chatter.
Send me an email thebritinamoho@ymail.com I can show you my installing photos.
mine are under a/c with solar panel on top of a/c
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Isnt that the chassis trickle charger. Small 10w with 16g wires........
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:38 AM   #7
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I drilled a hole through the roof, and elsewhere, to provide the shortest route to the charge controller.

Sealing a small hole is no problem and personally, I do not understand the hesitantly to drill such an access hole.


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Old 11-03-2012, 01:59 PM   #8
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ed-- drilling thru the roof is not a problem. getting down the walls that i don't know how they are built is. (was an electrican for a few years. exposed wire or wire molding is low rent if you can avoid it). we have lots of members that have addressed a lot of problems. hoping someone is going to post, been there done it, punch here and you have a clear pathway. or lift this molding off and you have access. I've fixed at customers request, what passed inspection, but was ugly. exposed wire molding and ran it where it should be. but some people don't care about how things look, it's legal, just give me the money. if i have to run the wire inside the coach. i will run them in the back corner. take some oak to one of the cabinete shops i took care of and have them turn them into corner molding large enough to hide a conduit run. one molding on each side. the only ones that will notice is others that have the same mh. but being in a hurry is not the brightest thing to do. like i've said, we've got some really sharp members here, why not draw on their experence??? they bring up things (problem areas, ref. to other sites, etc.) that others haven't mentioned. i know some of the sharp ones because they pop up on a lot of posts with good info. and i enjoy geting the ideas and feed back.
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