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Old 04-09-2023, 04:23 PM   #1
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Solar question

I’m thinking of adding solar too. My Jayco is prewired for solar. I want to attach the solar panel on the roof. Can I do the install myself.? Is the wiring plug and play as was previously mentioned?
My main goal is to trickle charge during storage. Is this possible?

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Old 04-09-2023, 07:12 PM   #2
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Yes, it's very possible.

Basically the solar system is a battery charger. Panels are equivalent to your electrical receptical at home. The controller is the battery charger you attach to the battery.
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Old 04-09-2023, 07:26 PM   #3
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Your question is adding solar but it would help to know what make, model and year or RV. I would suggest you do some research and watch some youtubes on solar and installation.

Start with how much solar, ie how many watts do you need to keep your batteries charged. Then do you need more battery capacity or change to Lithium.
I went with a Renogy kit and a few extra items. If you have a "solar ready" RV it probably means there is a port on the roof and medium grade wire run somewhere that is hopefully marked.

Another idea is to go to the Renogy website and watch some of their videos.

I went with Renogy as I liked the quality but there are other name brands and many no names that may be ok or good quality.

I put in 200 watts of solar but wired and bought a solar controler (MPPT type) that will allow for up to 400 watts if I want to add in the future. I also have a 100 amp lithium with bluetooth that is WAYYY better than my old wet cell lead battery.

Ask more questions as you learn more, many will jump in to help.
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Old 04-09-2023, 08:13 PM   #4
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You certainly can. YouTube University will show you how. 100 Watts would be adequate to trickle charge, 200 would be better.

An option you might consider is portable solar panels. There are nice 100W panels that fold in half and come with a rugged carrying case. You can adjust elevation tilt with the attached bracket, move when shaded and rotate for optimum performance as the sun moves across the sky. I run 2 of these in series and they keep up with my DC compressor fridge, heater fan, cell & tablet charging.
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Old 04-09-2023, 08:21 PM   #5
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Sorry, I meant 2 in parallel.
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