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Old 03-17-2016, 09:28 PM   #1
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Solar Prep

Waiting on delivery of my jayco28rls,it says it is solar prep? Does anyone know if that means what? That the wires are in wall? Is there a connection on the roof? Solar controller installed? Looking to have solar panels installed on roof,not sure what comes with "solar prep". Any and all information would be most helpful.
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Old 03-17-2016, 10:05 PM   #2
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Solar prep is just pre wired...there's a connection on the roof, the 8ga wires are run from the roof to the area where your GoPower template sticker is (varies)
Then from that spot the wires go to the battery area.
All you need to do is add the controller. From what I read you should have a fuse/breaker after the panels and before the controller that you will need to install yourself.
There is a 30 amp breaker pre installed in the battery area and from there the wire either is already hooked up to a battery junction post (my rig) or ready to attach to the battery.
The side solar on the side of your rig is directly wired to a 20a breaker and attached to a battery junction near the battery.

This is how my 5ver is pre wired. Some tend to have other opinions, but that is how mine is done and I can't see jayco doing it much different on other trailers.
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Old 03-17-2016, 10:57 PM   #3
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Congratulations on your new trailer and welcome to the JOF.
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Old 03-18-2016, 01:18 AM   #4
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Thank you much Klassic for the detailed information, hope you are right because that's a whole lot of work I won't have to do....lol
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Thank you for the welcoming Oldman, it's good to know I can reach out with questions.
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I have a connection on the roof and one at the front near the tongue.

I believe both are limited to 20 amps. I am guessing around 200 watts of panels tops.

Enough to charge your batteries, but not much else so do not get too excited if you are looking to keep your refrigerator running or something more substantial.
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I have a connection on the roof and one at the front near the tongue.

I believe both are limited to 20 amps. I am guessing around 200 watts of panels tops.

Enough to charge your batteries, but not much else so do not get too excited if you are looking to keep your refrigerator running or something more substantial.
Actually 100 watts would be the lower limit on keeping the batteries charged with not much else taking place. With 200 watts you can use all your things throughout the sunny days, providing you have around 220Ah of batteries, and bring the batteries to a full charge by end of SUNNY day.

I have 250Watts of SOLAR and 260Ah of batteries, I run the Tv or radio, use the water pump, 2 Ceiling vent fans running, interior LED lights, and during the peak part of the sunny day, even the microwaver for short usages, and the batteries are finished charging by 2 or 3PM each SUNNY day, by 4 or 5 on cloudy/rainy days.
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Actually 100 watts would be the lower limit on keeping the batteries charged with not much else taking place. With 200 watts you can use all your things throughout the sunny days, providing you have around 220Ah of batteries, and bring the batteries to a full charge by end of SUNNY day.

I have 250Watts of SOLAR and 260Ah of batteries, I run the Tv or radio, use the water pump, 2 Ceiling vent fans running, interior LED lights, and during the peak part of the sunny day, even the microwaver for short usages, and the batteries are finished charging by 2 or 3PM each SUNNY day, by 4 or 5 on cloudy/rainy days.
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Lots of ifs but I agree with your extra hardware setup.
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Old 03-19-2016, 05:19 PM   #9
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Does anyone know if the 5th wheel pre-wire any different than a TT? I'm waiting on my TT to be delivered and hope that the solar pre-wire is heavy enough guage to support 200W worth of panels.
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Old 03-22-2016, 02:18 AM   #10
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Solar prep

Was hoping someone replied to your question Sheldon. Doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there kinda surprised.
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