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Old 09-14-2016, 08:04 PM   #1
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What type of solar panel is used with Jayco TT's?

The brochure indicates that the Jay flights come prewired for attaching a solar panel to charge the battery.

What brand is recommended. Can any panel be used?
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Old 09-14-2016, 09:21 PM   #2
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This came in my packet.
http://shop.gpelectric.com/collectio...ar-on-the-side
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Exactly what I needed to know.
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There are a lot of better performing and lower priced systems out there, other than the "Go Power" kits. It all depends on what you are trying to do with the solar... Just keep your battery topped between trips? Keep it charged while camping? Or maintain a battery-bank that runs an inverter so that you always have 120v available?
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There are a lot of better performing and lower priced systems out there, other than the "Go Power" kits. It all depends on what you are trying to do with the solar... Just keep your battery topped between trips? Keep it charged while camping? Or maintain a battery-bank that runs an inverter so that you always have 120v available?
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The SOLAR prewire is very limited as to how much SOLAR you can use with it.

Take a look at our RVing with SOLAR social group under communities on the above gold bar. There is some great information there from members that have installed their own solar. Installations, products, systems, batteries....
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I do solar installations on RV's and I can tell you that 90% of the systems out there just plan outright don't work for sh*t. And most people who think they know what there doing don't.

Best advice I can give is read everything on the site I'm going to link to below. Twice. This guy knows what he's talking about.

https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com

I've also added a few pics of the install I have in my own RV. I now have 400 watts of panels and don't even have the converter charger hooked up anymore.
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Funny little story about the "pre-wire" solar attachment that came with my 2016 Jay Flight... after about 2500 miles towing from NY to South Dakota... we stopped at a rest area and I noticed it was dangling loose from the A-frame. I grabbed it to try to pop it back in place (the 'self tapping' screws were still attached) and the whole thing came off in my hand.

On one end was an exposed wire that had come loose from the twist-on connector buried deep into the plastic tubing that protects all the electrical wires.

It took some time to trace the line and make sure I didn't have any exposed wires and I just chucked the connector in the garbage at the next stop. I assume something came up in the road and knocked it off, but, wouldn't also be surprised if it just worked loose. We had no plans to use it anyway since it powers so little and I had already installed 200w of solar on the roof.

I assume in the larger models they have a heavier duty "Solar on the side" hook up that can handle larger power loads.
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I assume in the larger models they have a heavier duty "Solar on the side" hook up that can handle larger power loads.
Nope. I have yet to see a factory pre-wired unit that had bigger then 10ga wire. Most of those got 30-40 foot total runs.
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