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Old 07-08-2014, 10:36 PM   #1
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Anybody run solar wire in a 25RKS?

I have a 2012 25RKS. I am in the middle of installing solar panels and am having trouble figuring out how to get the wires from the panels down below so I can run them to the charge controller. I just figured I would use the vent pipe for the bathtub, but I finally really took a look at that and the vent is pretty hard to get to. It is accessible in the access panel, but it's right behind a framing stud and hard to see much of it. If that's it, I will figure out a way. But I thought I would ask here first. Any better ideas? How about good ideas for sealing off the hole in the vent pipe after you get the wires out?

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Old 07-09-2014, 07:01 AM   #2
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I used a sealed junction box and went through the roof.. (OK its not an 25RKS) but the same applies to any RV. Some people have gone down through the fridge vent..
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:44 AM   #3
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I have two 120 w panels on the roof. The dealer put them on. No Inverter
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:13 AM   #4
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Sean, where did your wires come through? A closet? Fridge isn't an option, it's too far back and it's in the slide. Anybody else?
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I had the wires come down through an interior wall by the door. That was for the display monitor panels. If I was doing it again I would bring it down through the front bedroom closet.
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Different Approach

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I have a 2012 25RKS. I am in the middle of installing solar panels and am having trouble figuring out how to get the wires from the panels down below so I can run them to the charge controller.
I had a hard enough time talking myself into drilling 8 holes in the roof to mount the solar panel, so I decided that since I needed to go from the back of the TT to the front cap, I would try a different approach.

The solar panel is mounted near the back of the TT, and I used a 3/4" WHITE self-stick plastic wire raceway (buy at Lowes) to protect the wire. I stuck a piece of the race way between the solar panel and the side of the TT; I then secured a few lengths of race-way on the side of the TT right under the awning.

To get down from the roof line into the storage compartment, I stuck a piece of the race-way next to the awning’s vertical mounting near the front of the TT, and drilled a hole on the inside of the race-way into the front storage area where the MPPT charge controller is mounted.

After 7K+ miles it is still as good as the day I mounted it, and there is room to add the wire from the next solar panel that I will soon be be mounting. The best part of this is that no one has even noticed the race-way on the side of the TT.

I added a picture of the project to my SOLAR ALBUM, click on the link below.


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Old 07-11-2014, 12:36 AM   #7
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Looks nice Don. I think that would be a better idea for the fiberglass sides than the aluminum like mine. I think I am going to try going down the vent pipe. Theory says it should be fine, right?? And I hear ya about putting the holes in the roof. I have been dragging my feet but the time has come. The brackets I had made had 3 anchor screw holes each. I put up two 158W dmsolar panels tonight and drove 24 screws. Ah well, it had to be done...
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