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Old 09-19-2019, 06:01 PM   #1
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200 Watt Solar upgrade

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Old 09-19-2019, 06:55 PM   #2
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Welcome to the solar club!!
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:30 PM   #3
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I have been thinking about solar for next year. I see you did a nice job sending the cable down through the roof.



I wondered if you could tell us more about how routed the wiring. That is one of my major concerns. I originally thought of going down the outside somehow but I just couldn't figure out how to do it in an attractive manner.



I wondered if you had considered any other path for the cable to the inside.
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Old 09-19-2019, 08:00 PM   #4
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The only reason I did it my self is that the rig was already factory prewired.
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Old 09-19-2019, 09:06 PM   #5
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I have been thinking about solar for next year. I see you did a nice job sending the cable down through the roof.



I wondered if you could tell us more about how routed the wiring. That is one of my major concerns. I originally thought of going down the outside somehow but I just couldn't figure out how to do it in an attractive manner.



I wondered if you had considered any other path for the cable to the inside.
There are many manufactured devices to route wires through the roof and keep it waterproof. My Renogy kit included a roof access wire box.
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Old 09-23-2019, 12:53 PM   #6
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Looks Great! I am curious on the details. With the pre-prep install did you have to add or upgrade a controller? Did you add an additional battery? How about inverter? I would love to figure out how to add an inverter to the current electrical systems so have the option to run rv off of shore power, generator, or inverter..... Yes I know AC would require a big system. I have no plans on running AC.


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So the wires are hidden in the small compartment next to the propane (Redhawk 24B). From there I extended them to the house battery and the solar controller.
When it comes to inverter I just bought a PowerDrive 1500W and installed in the same compartment.
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Old 09-24-2019, 07:20 AM   #8
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I bought this kit this weekend, it was on special for a limited time for $417. Looks like they already raised the price. What type/brand of batteries are you using for your storage?


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Old 09-24-2019, 12:58 PM   #9
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Thank Jayco_24B. Did you connect the inverter to the whole house or are you plugging directly appliances directly into the inverter?
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So we donít do too much of dry camping and I decided to go with the 1500W and plug in directly anything that I need at the time. Itís a Bluetooth unit so you can control it from the inside. So far it work good and itís just affordable.
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