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Old 02-28-2021, 10:02 PM   #1
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Who's Panels in Jayco Solar Power Package

Hi all!
We are awaiting delivery of our new Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 267BHSW, which we ordered with the factory Solar Power Package. This package includes a single 100 watt solar panel and a 30 Amp controller that can accommodate 3 more 100 W panels. I definitely want to expand to use the full capability of the controller.

Does anyone know what manufacturer Jayco uses for the panels in this package? I want to comparison shop before I ask the dealer what their price will be.

Any help or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 03-01-2021, 07:10 AM   #2
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You can use solar panels of a different manufacturer, you just need to match the voltage, if you want to run them in parallel. If I were you, I'd wait until you have the trailer, then look at the back of the panel, where the Vsc is listed in the spec sheet. Just get the cheapest panels you can find that have the same (or very close) Vsc.
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Old 03-01-2021, 08:46 AM   #3
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Manufacturer of panel shouldn't matter, just match voltage as mentioned. I'd also match monocrystalline vs polycrystalline. It most likely doesn't matter, but I'd still match anyway. Mono should be more efficient. Here's an article on it:
article here

Panels are roughly $0.80-$1.00 a watt, so a 100W panel will be $80-$100. Cheaper are fine. The higher cost is usually from marketing or name brands.

The Wynns did a good video on series vs parallel connection and how/why to use one or both.
how shade effects power

I'd end up with a mix of both if you go with 4 panels. Just need to make sure the charger Jayco uses supports 24V. The higher voltage will also be good to decrease power loss and better utilize the higher gauge (thinner wires) Jayco uses is the solar panel prep.

All the work should be on the roof of the unit. So 3 panels at max $300 (assuming 100W panels), a few connectors, maybe $20-30 and then labor. Shouldn't take more than 2-3 hours at most since we're just installing panels and everything else is already wired up and running from factory.
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Old 03-04-2021, 09:59 PM   #4
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I thought I would post this info for reference, in case anyone is looking for this information in the future.

I contacted Jayco directly, and asked them what solar panels and controllers they provide with their "Solar Power Package". Jayco's response stated the following:
"Our supplier for the Solar Power Package is Go Power."
Solar Panel: GP-PV-100P ( https://gpelectric.com/files/gpelect...GP-PV-100P.pdf )
Controller: GP-PWM-30-SQ ( https://gpelectric.com/products/gp-pwm-30-sq )

Enjoy!
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Old 03-05-2021, 03:36 AM   #5
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Yeah my jayfeather 24bh came with a 190 watt panel and 30 amp controller. All made by go power. It works really well
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