Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-06-2024, 10:14 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2023
Location: Cape Cod
Posts: 40
# Solar Panels

I am going to put solar panels on my 2023 212QB. Would you use 4 100W panels (Renogy) or 2 200W panels (Rich Solar) for a total total of 400W which is what Iím going to be installing.
Toolhog#1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2024, 12:33 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Location: Sunshine Coast
Posts: 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by Toolhog#1 View Post
I am going to put solar panels on my 2023 212QB. Would you use 4 100W panels (Renogy) or 2 200W panels (Rich Solar) for a total total of 400W which is what Iím going to be installing.
I'd use two Renogy 200 watt panels because they'd take less space than four 100s.
Teroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2024, 04:57 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2022
Location: Port Coquitlam
Posts: 238
Quote:
Originally Posted by Teroy View Post
I'd use two Renogy 200 watt panels because they'd take less space than four 100s.
I agree. Also, there would be less wiring and connectors. Every connection is a potential point of failure.
FISTEP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2024, 05:36 PM   #4
Member
 
Hbrand's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2022
Location: Edgewater
Posts: 57
I am using 6 renogy panels. Their rating is honest
__________________
2021 Jayco Alante 26x,
1982 Porsche 911,
1969 Mercedes 280Sl,
1956 Austin Healey 100-4,
2007 Mercedes SL550
They all keep me busy
Hbrand is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2024, 06:31 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
ARoamer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Location: St Johns MI
Posts: 1,722
I used 2- 320 watt 40v residential panels. Less mounting holes and they fit nicely on our 5th wheel. FB Marketplace may have some deals, especially if you live in the sunbelt states.
__________________
2020 Pinnacle 32rlts
640 watts solar, 300AH lithium
2020 High Country Duramax 3500
TS3 Hitch
Ms says I'm full of useless knowledge and other stuff...
ARoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2024, 09:10 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Jayflight 23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2023
Location: on the road
Posts: 141
I have agonized with several solar setups on three travel trailers. When the larger capacities were not available in one panel at a moderate cost I have gone with multiple 100 watt panels. For a camper of your size i would personally make every effort to create a compact setup on the roof, which does minimize your holes in your roof.

But before I would do any solar install, go ahead and clean your roof and treat it with good silicone treatment, which will treat the areas under where the solar panels will be located, which you will not be able to do after you install your solar.

While Renogy offers package prices using their 100 watt panels, which may sound like a deal, try to avoid going the four panel setup, IMHO. I used Rich on my current camper and I am not sure if there is a dimes worth of difference in the panels from the two outlets.
__________________
A nation dies when its people are taught to hate their own history, heritage and culture.
Jayflight 23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2024, 12:00 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
ChiToones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Downers Grove, IL
Posts: 105
I went with two 200W panels from Hightec Solar. They're in Michigan City, Indiana. They were installed, wired in parallel, in April 2020 and have worked well.
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_20200524_154902345_HDR.jpg   IMG_20200429_135516756.jpg  
__________________
Rod and Pam
2018 Jay Flight SLX8 212QB
2018 Durango GT V6
2013 GMC Sierra SLE 5.3
Husky Centerline TS

ChiToones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2024, 12:49 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
RogerR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Mapleton
Posts: 4,362
I bought a Renogy package with panels, wiring, MPPT, all mounting brackets and fuse. I also got on same order a bluetooth battery. Now can see solar and battery states all on Renogy app via bluetooth. I bought direct from Renogy to make sure I was getting full warranty.

I also got a referral from another Renogy buyer and got extra 7% off the whole package. You can get that from any Renogy owner you know.
I liked the Renogy gaurantee and have not regretted it as everything went smoothly. I did have to buy a cutoff switch between panels and MPPT as recommended by Renogy.
__________________
2017 SLX 195RB
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit L 5.7L V8
Andersen WDH hitch, Renogy 100 AH Lithium &
200 Watts solar panels from Renogy

Prev. '14 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, gas 3.6 V6
RogerR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2024, 04:12 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
colby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 1,671
I've been doing the research and I am leaning towards four Newpowa 180W panels (in a 2S2P configuration) when I am going to install on the roof. The reason for this is the run of cabling that I would have from the panels to the charge controller, this is the maximum I can do and still keep the cabling at 10AWG. If I go bigger panels, I need bigger wiring to keep my voltage drop to where I want it.
__________________
--
Cheers

Colby
Eastern Ontario, Canada
2018 Jayco 212QB
2020 Ford F150 SuperCrew
colby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2024, 11:04 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
JKyle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2023
Location: CT
Posts: 538
Quote:
Originally Posted by Toolhog#1 View Post
I am going to put solar panels on my 2023 212QB. Would you use 4 100W panels (Renogy) or 2 200W panels (Rich Solar) for a total total of 400W which is what Iím going to be installing.
2 -200's!
__________________
2022 Jay Feather 22rb
2023 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 2.7L EcoBoost, 4x4, 3.73 axle, #1900 payload #10,100 tow capacity.
JKyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2024, 01:34 PM   #11
Member
 
COCJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2023
Location: Montrose
Posts: 46
I used to be a commercial roofer. The less penetrations through the roof, the better. I would not put any silicone based treatment on any area that you plan to use sealant around the penetrations. Take my word for it - nothing sticks to silicone - not even silicone! I would use a good polyurethane based sealant. You didn't mention what type of roof you have, but polyurethane sealants have good adhesion to many different types of surfaces (except silicone!).
__________________
2021 Jayco Redhawk 22C SE
COCJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2024, 09:29 PM   #12
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2021
Location: Manteca
Posts: 22
After installing 1400 watts on my roof, I would give another vote for what others have said and go with the 2x200 watt panels. Less holes in the roof is better, and it's easier to install 2 panels than it is to install 4. Also would be cheaper, assuming panel cost comes to the same price. Less mounting brackets and hardware to buy. Also depending on your wiring configuration, like a 2s2p, less connections and points of possible future failure.
Pacman1214 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Jayco, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:53 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.