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Old 02-21-2011, 09:11 AM   #1
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Solar panel on 2010 29BHS

Hi All,

looking for some info on how to install a solar panel on my new 29BHS. Are there some sticky's or other instructions on how to do this, like where to drop the wire from the roof and do you connect to the converter or directly to the batteries?

I am thinking about the new Coleman 18 watt with 7 amp controller.

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Old 02-21-2011, 09:32 AM   #2
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I've seen some wild ideas of dropping the wiring down the sewer vents and pop a hole in the tube and enter the coach. Just seal the hole with silicone and your good. Thing is the sewer vents don't actually see any water so the likely hood of a problem is rare...

As for mounting to the roof... I would contact Jayco and get a frame map so you can hit a trust in the roof. Then use a proper sealant for the brackets.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:17 PM   #3
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If your refrigerator is vented on the roof it is easy to run the wire into the space above the frige.
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Don't waste your time or $$$ on an 18 watt solar panel. It will not even handle the parasitic loss for each day... unless you are using it as a learning experience for going with a real system...
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:39 PM   #5
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Don't waste your time or $$$ on an 18 watt solar panel. It will not even handle the parasitic loss for each day... unless you are using it as a learning experience for going with a real system...
I didn't even pay attention to that... (D'Oh!)

Yeah 200-400 Watts would be a good amount... This is the 400w array in my yard powering my stick house.

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Don't waste your time or $$$ on an 18 watt solar panel. It will not even handle the parasitic loss for each day... unless you are using it as a learning experience for going with a real system...
Yea thats what I am starting to realize. Ebay seems to have better prices than anywhere else, but do I need to be concerned about quality?
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I have 515 watts on the roof of my TT... and I cannot comment on what you will find on ebay.... but most of what I have seen there is JUNK.. for good info and an honest deal check out WWW.thesunworks.com Solar Mike is very honest and loves to talk solar even if you dont buy from him..
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