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Old 02-25-2016, 12:59 PM   #21
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That template is near the slide-out/water panel?
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:01 PM   #22
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To be clear... They aren't hanging off the "wall" itself, but are hanging (labeled) in that closed off area.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:03 PM   #23
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That template is near the slide-out/water panel?
Mine is on the curb side just over halfway near the top. Perhaps different on different units.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:03 PM   #24
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Gotcha - I removed one panel, but so far nothing. I don't even have the template! Must have been built on a Monday or Friday!
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Old 02-25-2016, 02:51 PM   #25
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Well, just a matter of reading lookup tables once you know the details. Basic Math when you get the right info. Experts correct me if I'm wrong but.

For lookups to determine if the wiring is sufficient gauge just know the current, gauge, length of run:
1. Run length
2. Gauge of wire (8 gauge)
3. Panel voltages, amps which multiplied together gives watts
* My panels info is 8.15A, 30.7v, 250W (30.7 x 8.15)
Home Depot: Grape-Solar-250-Watt-Monocrystalline-Solar-Panel-with-Black-Frame-

Run in series I just up the voltage, parallel up the amperage. The sum of the multiplications adds up to 500w. I was going to run them in series. The charge controller TS-60 says it can do up to max "Solar voltage" of 125v. My two panels in Series would be a max of 61.4v. Should be good. Just need to look up the chart for 8 gauge stranded and see if the length is ok for those values. Charts all over the Internet but it looks like for about 15A @ 12v 30' 8 gauge should be ok.

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Slight correction here. If your are running your panels in series then you add the voltage as you have done but the amps stay at 8.15.

61.4v*8.15A=500Watts

If you parallel the panels you maintain the voltage and double the amps.

30.7v*16.3A=500Watts

In the first case your voltage drop for 10' of copper 8 guage wire is 0.04%.
Hooked up in parallel your voltage drop would be 0.17%.

Negligible in either case. I would hook up your panels in parallel to avoid any shading issues rather than in series. Unless that last 0.13% is really important to you! LOL

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http://www.calculator.net/voltage-drop-calculator.html
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:47 PM   #26
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Thank you

This is good info.
We pickup our 26.5 Eagle tomorrow. It's wired for solar with a template at the panel. I will take photos and document what's where.
I am led to believe after the walkthrough that the wires from the top connector go to behind that panel with the switches. Same place as the template sticker.
But that's a long ways from the batteries. I want my controller very near the batteries so I am thinking up a way to have a status panel at the panel and the controller/charger (MorningStar TS-60) up by the batteries.
My concern is getting the wires from the panel to the battery. Unless I can tap into the wires at the wired for solar plug up front.
Each solar install is a bit unique as everyone's needs are different. I lived on a sailing catamaran for the past year and a half so I have a pretty good idea our needs. I had our boat in a good balance where wind and sun powered the fridge 12v DC, all electronics. Only time I used an engine was to raise anchor and dock.
I hope I can do as neat of an install as some of you who shared your installs here. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:20 PM   #27
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BTW, Jayco replied but I worded my eMail such they thought I was asking for installation advice not just the gauge of the wire...the reply just said they didn't have advice on the installation of solar and made no mention of the gauge wiring.

My guess is it looks like 10 gauge not 8 now that I look at it in person.
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BTW, Jayco replied but I worded my eMail such they thought I was asking for installation advice not just the gauge of the wire...the reply just said they didn't have advice on the installation of solar and made no mention of the gauge wiring.

My guess is it looks like 10 gauge not 8 now that I look at it in person.
I don't understand why they would pre wire some with 8 and yours with 10.
Here's my 8ga
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Old 03-01-2016, 01:28 PM   #29
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I spoke with Go Power again today - he said they send the units to Jayco with 10G wire, but if they are installing with 8G, that is just better for us! I still don't have any answer from Jayco about where my wiring is - the dealer doesn't have the same model I have in stock to check either. My salesman said he thinks that since mine was one of the first 2016s off the floor (received in Nov 2015) that they probably just missed putting on the template. I hope that's all they forgot since I still can't find the wiring! There isn't anything near the battery either.
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I spoke with Go Power again today - he said they send the units to Jayco with 10G wire, but if they are installing with 8G, that is just better for us! I still don't have any answer from Jayco about where my wiring is - the dealer doesn't have the same model I have in stock to check either. My salesman said he thinks that since mine was one of the first 2016s off the floor (received in Nov 2015) that they probably just missed putting on the template. I hope that's all they forgot since I still can't find the wiring! There isn't anything near the battery either.
Still looking for mine, in my 377RLBH, as well! Hopefully the weather breaks in the next couple of weeks, and I den get more engaged in it, removing some of the panels in the basement area, so that I can look behind them.
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