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Old 10-05-2010, 12:25 PM   #1
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Will installing solar panel be a simple 'plug and play'?

I recently bought an '02 Storm 30H and I see that there is an LED light on the AC grill that shows the status of a solar panel mounted on the AC. Well, my coach doesn't have a solar panel on it. I think it may have at one time as there are a couple of rusty brackets attached to a thick wire frame on top of the AC. There is also a 2 wire harness coming out of the rear opening in the AC shroud.
If I was to buy a solar panel, would it be a simple matter of mounting it and plugging it into the existing harness?
What brand, model did my coach come with? Is it still available?

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Old 10-05-2010, 10:48 PM   #2
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Most panels are 12" square not very large that are mounted on AC or roof of coach.
The panel supplies enough charge to keep chassis battery charged so your radio, LP detector will not discharge the chassis battery.
If your thinking of house battery charging they would need some larger panels.
You can use existing wiring just make good connection and protect with liquid tape.
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:10 AM   #3
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I'd call Fleetwood Tech Support at 800-322-8216, and ask them for the part #. They'll either have one in stock or can probably tell you who the manufacture is.
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Thanks for the replies. I'll give Fleetwood a call.
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You might want to search the forum by 'Solar Panel' and see what you find.

I'm in the process of installing a 400 watt system on our MH and the key appears to be paying attention to the wire size, having the proper charge controller and the proper meter.

Our goal is to install solar that works!
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Old 10-17-2010, 12:00 PM   #6
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try handybob

blog handybob solar

looks like 14.8 volts is needed to 100 % charge batteries
and large wire size

no shadows on the panels also
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