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Old 03-04-2017, 07:54 AM   #1
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Solar panel add on for 2017 prewired

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Does the prewired arrangement allow for direct plug in to solar panel or are additional components required?
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:19 AM   #2
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All you get is a connector on the roof, a connector on the side (for a small self contained, portable unit), the wiring to the batteries and (in some cases) a small auto breaker.
You need, the solar panels, mounting, solar controller, fuses/breakers and disconnects and decent batteries. Some of that depends on the size of the system you want.

Lots of info from members here and lots of pictures too.

Here's my 520watt setup. (Because I like to show pictures of it..lol)

Two 160w panels


Morningstar MPPT controller


Morningstar EMC1 Ethernet module connected to a wifi router


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Some breakers and what-nots
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Old 03-04-2017, 09:26 AM   #3
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It should be noted that I think what you get with the prewired for solar depends on what model camper/motorhome you have. While the higher end campers may have roof connectors I wouldn't count on that across all Jaycos. We haven't done the PDI yet on our camper and I am planning on looking into this more but from what I have been reading the Jay Feather line consists of a 2 pin SAE port on the A Frame that goes to the battery. That is it. There are no controllers or prep to install one, no roof mounted connection ports or anything more than a wire to the battery. It is simply a port where the suitcase style panels can be plugged in without having to access the battery. However those kits also normally ship with alligator clips that could be clipped direct to the battery if this solar ready feature wasn't there.

This is where many times it is seen as little more than $10 in parts to add another line to the feature list. However as I said what is included likely is very different depending on the camper. In the case of a Jay Feather it is at a price point where I wouldn't expect much more than a $10 connector prewired to the battery. It isn't like the camper is equipped with tanks big enough for long term dry camping. If I was spending closer to $100K I would think they have more margin to actually add ports on the roof and run those wires to locations where PWM or MPPT Controllers could be located for a much more usable system.

On a more positive note, if my camper does only consist of a 2 pin SAE port to the battery I might use it for other things. I have a couple motorcycles and I use 2 pin SAE for some accessories that could come in handy around the camp. For instance an air compressor to inflate a low tire or water inflatables or maybe some 12v remote lights. Of course those things will be a hit on the battery but if I have full hookups or running a generator that is fine.
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Old 03-04-2017, 09:10 PM   #4
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It should be noted that I think what you get with the prewired for solar depends on what model camper/motorhome you have. While the higher end campers may have roof connectors I wouldn't count on that across all Jaycos. We haven't done the PDI yet on our camper and I am planning on looking into this more but from what I have been reading the Jay Feather line consists of a 2 pin SAE port on the A Frame that goes to the battery. That is it.
Thats exactly how our Jayflight 29BHDS is, A-Frame connector for a portable unit and there was a plug for said A-Frame connector included to wire to your future solar system. No controller I have found, and definitely no roof connection.
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This is where many times it is seen as little more than $10 in parts to add another line to the feature list.

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Old 04-07-2017, 11:40 AM   #6
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Just went through solar prewire mystery tour

I have a 2017 Jay Flight 28RLS with solar prewire. Mine is the sae connector on the frame near the front of the trailer. I suggest that you do as I have done. First, I disconnected the battery. I then checked the continuity from the hot lead of the sae connector and found that it is attached to a fuse/breaker on the front of the trailer near the battery box and then into a junction box and then to the battery... I had my dealer install a battery disconnect so I checked the continuity with the disconnect "on" and "off"... Anyway, I was able to determine that the sae connector went directly to the power source (through the inline breaker) and that the technician had correctly routed the solar prewire independent of the battery disconnect... Now with that confirmed and much research I found that the prewire DOES NOT INCLUDE A SOLAR CONTROLLER which is necessary to assure that you do not overcharge your rv battery/batteries and that the system does not bleed your batteries back throught the solar panels at night. I use my solar prewire solely as a battery maintainer during storage. The sae prewire on my Jay Flight is not designed for a high wattage system which usually incorporates and inverter and multiple batteries but more as a battery maintainer or for charging with portable panels if you are off grid... You can find solar panels that have a controller built in but do your homework to make sure it fills your needs and protects against overcharging and battery depletion. Another recommendation, use a moncrystaline solar panel as they work better in cloudy conditions as opposed to poly panels. I modified a pole mount bracket that I attach to my front electric jack when parked to which I have mounted a 10 watt mono panel to an inline fuse to a zamp 8 amp controller to another inline fuse to an sae plug on the mount I made... I then made a short cable with a male sae on each end that I plug into the female sae plug on the soalr panel mount and then into the female sae prewire plug on the trailer... make sure you watch the polarity on your jumper cable when fabricating it... Mine works like a charm and was well worth the effort... I have a 25 watt panel I also bought but haven't needed more than the 10 watt I already have... One note.... you must make sure your battery/batteries on your trailer are fully charged BEFORE using a solar maintainer as they will not fully charge a depleted battery... My trailer has two six volt batteries in series making it a 12 volt system.
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Old 01-04-2018, 09:41 AM   #7
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We just purchased a 2018 27RL prewired with the assumption that we could add a 160 watt roof solar panel and controller to this system. According to the dealer, the wiring in place is not heavy gauge enough for this which seems odd since the smallest roof GOPower makes is 160 watt. I guess for smaller TT they assume you are going with a portable with no controller?
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We just purchased a 2018 27RL prewired with the assumption that we could add a 160 watt roof solar panel and controller to this system. According to the dealer, the wiring in place is not heavy gauge enough for this which seems odd since the smallest roof GOPower makes is 160 watt. I guess for smaller TT they assume you are going with a portable with no controller?
Check with Go Power on what your max panel size. On our 16 Eagle up top is 300 watts.The another temp plug in on the side of our camper for another 100 watt panel.Remember there are limitations for your controller! We pieced our system together for 1/2 the price of Go Power,they also did not offer MPPT controllers.Thanks
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Old 03-15-2018, 04:58 PM   #9
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I have a 2018 29w. Looking for solar wire after it leaves the box beside the battery. There must be a place to connect a solar charger. Any help appreciated.
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Old 06-19-2018, 11:05 PM   #10
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I have a 2018 322rlok, I just found a wiring panel behind my battery disconnect and the solar prep is connected there. It looks like it could be connected to a solar controller first and then have the controller out connected at that spot instead.
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