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Old 06-22-2018, 10:40 PM   #1
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Just got done adding a Renogy 400 watt system on our 2018.5 Seneca. Everything way pretty easy, laid the panels out and marked mounts, pilot drilled all the holes with a 3/16 bit, then put dicor over the holes and area of the mounts and set panel in place. I used #14 x 3/4 Stainless hex head screws and ran them in by hand so they wouldnt strip out in the thin roof. I ended up punching a third hole in each mount so there are 12 screws in each panel...everything is very solid. Then put more dicor over the screws and placed zip tie tabs for the wires down on roof with dicor. Found the prewired behind a marked cover just up behind the inverter and made a plywood panel to mount everything on. Wired everything up and brought it online today, everything works great. Got the optional Bluetooth module and have the app to monitor and set up the controller via phone.
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Old 06-23-2018, 02:48 AM   #2
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Very nice layout and install .
I am trying to determine the difference between the units on their site. Did you order a kit or buy the components individually? What size wire from the controller to the batteries? That system should keep you charged up.
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Very nice layout and install .
I am trying to determine the difference between the units on their site. Did you order a kit or buy the components individually? What size wire from the controller to the batteries? That system should keep you charged up.

I ordered the Premium 300 watt kit. Once I laid the panels out on the roof there was plenty of room for a 4th so I added one more. The pre-wire from the roof down is 8ga and the kit comes with tray cables that are 8ga. The only other thing I had to get was the disconnects off Amazon. If you order from Renogy and it is your first order the coupon code is WELCOME10 for a 10% discount.
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VERY NICE JOB!!!!

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Just got done adding a Renogy 400 watt system on our 2018.5 Seneca. Everything way pretty easy, laid the panels out and marked mounts, pilot drilled all the holes with a 3/16 bit, then put dicor over the holes and area of the mounts and set panel in place. I used #14 x 3/4 Stainless hex head screws and ran them in by hand so they wouldnt strip out in the thin roof. I ended up punching a third hole in each mount so there are 12 screws in each panel...everything is very solid. Then put more dicor over the screws and placed zip tie tabs for the wires down on roof with dicor. Found the prewired behind a marked cover just up behind the inverter and made a plywood panel to mount everything on. Wired everything up and brought it online today, everything works great. Got the optional Bluetooth module and have the app to monitor and set up the controller via phone.

Very professional looking!! Thanks for sharing!!
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Thank you. I think I am going to start with the 200 premium system. Now I have to use your install as the standard as it is beautifully done . What is the material you used for the backer board?
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Thank you. I think I am going to start with the 200 premium system. Now I have to use your install as the standard as it is beautifully done . What is the material you used for the backer board?

The panel is just 3/4" Birch plywood painted with Rustoleum Spray on Bedliner which makes a nice textured and durable finish.
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Thanks. It looked different than plywood. The Berliner product explains that. I have some Baltic birch that will work perfectly. Again thanks for the excellent photos and descriptions.
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Nice install!

What batteries are you using? I have the older Renogy Tracer 4210 w/AGM's. Was thinking about upgrading to the Rover controller for more settings. I have a custom display in the trailer now rather than the Renogy display. What does the phone app show?
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I have a bank of 4 Trojan 105's for Batteries
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