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Old 07-14-2016, 04:23 PM   #1
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Solar on the side connection

I was hunting for a connector to hook up to the "solar on the side" on my HT. I saw that some indicated a standard 2 connector cord would work. I found one on Amazon that had an 8 gauge wire. Ordered and it showed up today.

Test fit on the camper showed it fits perfect. I'll be hooking this up to my mc4 cables for my portable solar panels.

For $8, it's a heck of a lot better than what Go Power asks for their plug.

Here is the link:

Workman TP-8 CB Radio Power Polarized Quick Disconnect 2 pin 24" 8 Gauge Wire
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NEX3YMG..._obaIxbT6MTAVG

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Old 07-14-2016, 07:58 PM   #2
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Here are the pictures of the cord, and the cord plugged in.

And I should have mentioned earlier, I plan to take the solar on the side wiring at the battery end and route it to my charge controller. I'll add it to my solar community thread after a get it done.
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:11 PM   #3
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On my 2016 White Hawk, it looks like the solar connection is nothing more than the connector and two wires going to the battery. I would put a solar charge controller before the connection to the camper solar just to make sure you don't burn up your battery by over charging it.
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:10 PM   #4
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Use an electrical tester to check your 12v on-the-side connector. Mine was always "hot" at 12v, which told me that it's just connected to the battery. I opened the wall panels, and that's exactly how it was wired, but with 12AWG wire! The ROOF solar connector is wired with 8AWG.

Big difference....
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:27 PM   #5
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Use an electrical tester to check your 12v on-the-side connector. Mine was always "hot" at 12v, which told me that it's just connected to the battery. I opened the wall panels, and that's exactly how it was wired, but with 12AWG wire! The ROOF solar connector is wired with 8AWG.

Big difference....
That would explain why they are rated for different amperages... One has to wonder why not just use the heavier guage wire though.
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:31 PM   #6
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Because the side connector is designed for one of the small 12v output systems, like the 45w system from Harbor Freight, or the 60w system from Northern Tool.... if the portable system outputs at 12v at a relatively low wattage, the connector on the side is all that you need.

I use MY side connector as a power supply for my macerator pump! My 300w of panels on the roof, keep my battery bank more than well charged!
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:35 PM   #7
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Because the side connector is designed for one of the small 12v output systems, like the 45w system from Harbor Freight, or the 60w system from Northern Tool.... if the portable system outputs at 12v at a relatively low wattage, the connector on the side is all that you need.

I use MY side connector as a power supply for my macerator pump! My 300w of panels on the roof, keep my battery bank more than well charged!
I've never used a solar system before so this is all new to me. I briefly looked at the portable system the dealer had and then thought for the cost I'd likely not ever use it. However, I had not considered a less expensive system from Harbor Freight or the like. I will have to look into that as it wouldn't hurt to have if the price was right. Thanks for the idea.
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Because the side connector is designed for one of the small 12v output systems, like the 45w system from Harbor Freight, or the 60w system from Northern Tool.... if the portable system outputs at 12v at a relatively low wattage, the connector on the side is all that you need.

I use MY side connector as a power supply for my macerator pump! My 300w of panels on the roof, keep my battery bank more than well charged!
Yesterday I was just thinking about doing this with my side connector!
What kind of macerator do you have.
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I use MY side connector as a power supply for my macerator pump!
How many amps is the macerator rated to draw?

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I opened the wall panels, and that's exactly how it was wired, but with 12AWG wire! The ROOF solar connector is wired with 8AWG.
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My 300w of panels on the roof, keep my battery bank more than well charged!
Power = Current x Voltage

300w = Current x 12, which is right around 2.5 amps. Most panels run around 14-16v so the current is even lower. With that said, you don't need anything close to 12awg for a solar panel on your roof. If you're sporting a solar array, then add up the wattage and do the calcs.
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Not sure what the macerator amp draw is, but it's only got an automotive 15a fuse in it....

My panels are 300w, @ 34.4v output, at max, so roughly 9 amps. Wth solar, the concept is to do anything practical to minimize line-loss, hence the 8awg from the roof. (If I wired it myself, I would have used 6 or maybe even 4awg!)
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