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Old 12-03-2015, 12:15 PM   #1
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How large of a panel can you hook up

to the factory GoPower Solar Prep System built into the new Eagles?

I realize i will not be running my AC with the factory setup but I would like to learn more about the inverters and how the factory system works.

Input welcome.
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Old 12-03-2015, 01:49 PM   #2
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That's a bit like asking "How long is a piece of string".
Not that I know much about this, but it depends on what size of wire is installed and if you are going to run a charge controller or not.

No controller, up to a 15 watt panel seems to be the rule.

With a controller it comes down to the size of wire used and how long the run is. For that you will need to measure the length and size the wire, size/gauge maybe printed on the wire. My 2004 Designer only has 14 gauge wire that is about 25 feet long so good for about 70 to 100 watt panel.

I think that the solar prep is really only for maintaining the batteries when not in use not for full blown solar panels that you can use for camping.

Like I said I don't know a lot about it so others may want to correct me or even say I have the wrong end of the stick.
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Old 12-03-2015, 03:55 PM   #3
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The thing I would be worried about is if JAYCO put the end connectors on at the factory or if it is done by a place that specializes in making electrical cables. Why you ask.... when I took the 4x4 electrical junction box (mounted on frame) apart to run my SOLAR cables, 2 of their crimped connectors fell off when I pulled the wires out of the box. It was obvious that they did not use the correct size crimping tool for the connectors. The one wire was from the break-away switch and the wire nuts on some other wires were not tight at all. The FRAME GROUND was loose and corroded, I noticed this when I was replacing the ground cable when adding the 2 6volt batteries.

Just be cautious about using that setup.

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Old 12-05-2015, 11:51 PM   #4
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Found some literature on a YouTube video.

20 Watt panel is all it can handle.

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