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Old 10-19-2021, 01:40 PM   #1
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What to do with solar on the side connection

I have a Furrion plug on the side of my 5er. It was just a pair of 14ga wires running through a 10A fuse hooked directly to the batteries. I disconnected it (cut and removed the wires and fuse) when I did my solar install. I am never going to use it because I do not have space to lug around portable panels. I don't like having it hooked to nothing (OCD), so I am thinking about what to do with it, probably for the next owner.

Maybe I can just run 10ga wire from the plug to the new battery compartment with a 30A fuse near the plug. Then just stow the cables out of the way. Or just leave it.

Appreciate your thoughts.
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Furrion uses aviation connectors rated at 10A.
Wish they had higher amperage/voltage and an easy to wire connector.
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Old 10-20-2021, 12:02 AM   #3
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Furrion uses aviation connectors rated at 10A.
Wish they had higher amperage/voltage and an easy to wire connector.
I was thinking about replacing the Furrion connector with an Anderson connector. They sell one that is a direct replacement.
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I was thinking about replacing the Furrion connector with an Anderson connector. They sell one that is a direct replacement.
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Anderson are not weather proof, normally. Soaking wet with 90V, could be shocking.

Also I am using MC4 for side connectors.
https://www.amazon.com/Cutting-Edge-...08TGMV1XQ&th=1
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I had a response but deleted it after rereading your original post. Since you installed solar panels on your RV, there is no need for the outside connection for small, portable panels. If you want to "clean things up," removing everything is probably the best thing to do as your new install eliminates the need for the factory port.
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Anderson are not weather proof, normally. Soaking wet with 90V, could be shocking.

Also I am using MC4 for side connectors.
https://www.amazon.com/Cutting-Edge-...08TGMV1XQ&th=1
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097QG383J...v_ov_lig_dp_it

I like that MC4 connector.
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I had a response but deleted it after rereading your original post. Since you installed solar panels on your RV, there is no need for the outside connection for small, portable panels. If you want to "clean things up," removing everything is probably the best thing to do as your new install eliminates the need for the factory port.
That's probably the best approach. I will leave the Furrion connector with maybe 12" of wire if someone wants to do something with it in the future. Don't want to remove the whole connector as it will leave a big hole in the side of the trailer. I did the same thing with my 50A shore power hookup. I installed a 50A cord on a power reel in the basement and disconnected the factory 50A hookup. I just put an INOP label on it inside the plug.
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I replaced my SAE style plug with a two port Anderson Powerpole mount housing with water tight cover.

I have them connected to a pair of MPPT controllers that go to my battery bus bars. I use them for portable panels when I traveling off grid in summer when I want additional solar panels to run my air conditioning. I use them to connect to roof top panels on my house when my trailer is parked at home. I use the trailer power system as a house UPS for 10 important circuits in my house.

The trailer VE Multiplus 3000VA inverter/charger connects to a manual transfer switch when parked at my house. I run several circuits off the trailer when the sun is shinning at let the house 30 amp trailer outlet feed into the transfer switch when my batteries go below 70% because it is becoming dark or the weather is overcast. When my batteries reach 73% in the morning my trailer opens the relay from the house power feed and uses solar and battery to power the house circuits.
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You could go with something heavy duty like this, https://www.etrailer.com/Wiring/Poll...iABEgJ4A_D_BwE It will fit right in there and have plenty of power for you.

I was going to mount mine in that same location but I thought I might use it while going down the road so I installed it above my front compartment. I use mine to connect to my truck for power sharing. I have breakers both on the truck side and trailer side, IIRC 60 amp.
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You could go with something heavy duty like this, https://www.etrailer.com/Wiring/Poll...iABEgJ4A_D_BwE It will fit right in there and have plenty of power for you.

I was going to mount mine in that same location but I thought I might use it while going down the road so I installed it above my front compartment. I use mine to connect to my truck for power sharing. I have breakers both on the truck side and trailer side, IIRC 60 amp.
Did not see a current rating or a matching connector for wire side.
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Did not see a current rating or a matching connector for wire side.
Right on the link it has both of those.

200 amp rating, obviously wire gauge and length dependent.

Here is the male, https://www.etrailer.com/Wiring/Pollak/PK12800.html

I have female connections on my truck and trailer with 80 amp (I checked) circuit breaker and 4ga wire.

I have a double male cord that is 27' of 4ga to connect the two.

My macerator has a male plug with 10ga wire so I can plug into the truck or trailer.

I have 1 more male that will probably make into 4ga jumper cables.
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Leave it in place for the next guy. When parked i shade some like to set out panels in the sun to charge. If you remove it write a note and place it in a zip lock bag with an explaination for the next guy.
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