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Old 03-09-2016, 06:18 PM   #11
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I just picked up my 29.5BHDS yesterday and was out looking for my solar drop after work. The "Solar on the side" that is up under the overhang runs directly to the battery compartment.

The Solar on the roof, has the connectors very near the vent that runs up from our bathroom sink (our bath is up front). Seems pretty close to where you are showing maybe....

I took apart the walls in the front basement storage expecting for the wires to be coiled and waiting for me. While I found quite a bit of wiring, I'm pretty sure that none of it is the solar wires that lead to the roof. I do have a template sticker on the wall. Something tells me that the wires are coiled up inside the wall. Going out to check and see if there is any way into the wall that doesn't involve cutting a huge hole....

Grrrrr.......
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Old 03-09-2016, 06:51 PM   #12
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Ok, here is what I found:

I tried to pull the shroud for the bathroom fan, not as easy as I thought, so I retreated from that idea. No other access to the wall, but wait, I wonder if I can see anything through the hole behind the thermostat.....

BINGO! The thermostat has a 2" hole behind it and i was able to get a couple fingers in there to fish around. They are inside the wall that is along the steps up to the bedroom, which is where my template sticker is on the wall. (May help to look at my floor plan).

Not sure if there is enough slack to make it to the basement, but I'll check that later. It's dark now.

So, from what I can tell, in order to get the wires where they need to go, you'll need to access the wall, then drill a hole up from the basement into said wall, somehow feed the solar wire through that hole and go from there. Would have been easier if they terminated them in the basement.
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:07 PM   #13
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This is the "controller" I'm referring to - thinking it's actually the remote for the controller?
Spent some time looking at Go-power's website. That template is intended to be for their charge controller. Their instructions say to install as close to the battery as possible(as you typically heard stated), but then go on to say that they are "usually installed above the fridge", I guess since the top of the fridge is so close to the batteries???

Is there anything in the back side of that wall that would provide access?

Your only other option may be too cut a hole in the wall, possible for a remote monitor?
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:29 PM   #14
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Well that is a ridiculous spot for them to expect you to put the controller.
What if you wanted a Morningstar controller? They aren't the most attractive controller and it would have to be flush mounted sticking off the wall with wires hanging out the bottom.

What is your plan for a controller?
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:10 PM   #15
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Well, anyone find them in a 26.5BHS yet?

@lancehead: Well, any update?
I see all the well intended replies from all except someone with a 26.5BHS but since my trailer is a 26.5 BHS I can't go look in those locations as they don't exist in mine. Lancehead's photos so far look just like mine.
I wrote Jayco 2x and got twice documents but one was a generic handout that was very much high-level about the solar (single page flyer for solar ready). The second direct request for specifically "where are the other ends of the wires from the roof solar connector" got me two schematics which are helpful and essentially say the wires go to the battery in both cases. Just the schematic shows the termination is at the battery.
The trailer was sold without a battery. When I went to pick up the trailer I brought one and just connected the two pairs of black/white cables (8 gauge) that were there. That seemed to power the trailer. Actually I didn't do it the tech at the dealership connected them but said there were two black, two whites and black went to positive and white to negative.
So, I do not see anything else labeled up there or unconnected. Is one of those pairs from the roof solar? Can't wait to find out.
Uploading an image of my small battery compartment rear side that according to the schematic one of those fuses/breakers back in there could be from the solar on the roof? However look at the connector in the photo from my roof. It is certainly not like the one in the schematic. There is one up front by the switch to extend/lower the legs/jacks that matches the schematic and has a Ready for Solar sticker there.
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:24 PM   #16
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That's it right there Daddy... The top breaker with the red wire.
Is that an 8 ga?
The bottom breaker is going to your battery and the solar comes from its breaker and is attached to the 4 guage going to the battery.
Other side of the bottom breaker is going to the disconnect. Where the 4 guage wires from the converter are. And the green wire is 12v from your truck.

And if it's not an 8ga then it's the side solar connector.
You seem to be missing a breaker. You should have 3
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One more time with my picture.
The red 8ga is the roof solar (middle) the 12ga is the side solar (lower middle)
The battery breaker is in the battery compartment (not shown).
The other far left breaker 10g is the levelling.

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That's it right there Daddy... The top breaker with the red wire.
Is that an 8 ga?
The bottom breaker is going to your battery and the solar comes from its breaker and is attached to the 4 guage going to the battery.
Other side of the bottom breaker is going to the disconnect. Where the 4 guage wires from the converter are. And the green wire is 12v from your truck.

And if it's not an 8ga then it's the side solar connector.
You seem to be missing a breaker. You should have 3
Hmm, well according to the schematic it's 12 gauge. Can you imagine? If I wired it I'd have used 8 gauge minimum.

It seems Jayco is very progressive with the rainbow colored wiring. I think every time I turn the wire changes color

I am learning a lot though. I mean I thought boats were wired in interesting ways. They have nothing on RVs. Definitely not complaining or labeling it good or bad. Just quite interesting to see behind the scenes in my trailer.
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@klassic: I'm sure you mean well but that photo really doesn't help me understand what I have. I do have a much better idea how yours is wired though.
It wouldn't make sense to patch that connector up top to my Battery disconnect switch like it appears. That orange round thing is the main battery disconnect AFAIK.
Nope, no 8 gauge in mine. Must be the Eagle HT "Lightness" secret.
Oh, about the front connector for solar. I can see the wires for that to the front side of this same compartment. This is on the left side, the photo is to the right side.
The front connector appears to just be 12 gauge like the PDF schematic I attached a couple of replies ago. I guess I'll have to take a photo of that side.
I will go on the roof and measure the voltages on those connectors up there. If it's wired up as that photo shows I should get battery voltage up there.
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I think the one in your picture is the side solar.
Put a meter on your side solar connector see if you have 12v, then unhook that red wire from the breaker and see if it dies. Then you know that one is the side solar.
Then you know you don't have any roof solar
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