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Old 04-01-2019, 03:46 PM   #1
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Our coach 2019, 3011DS; has the “Zamp” connection by the door.

Is there a built in controller inside the camper?

Or do you need a controller connected to the panels you connect to the Zamp connector?

The red and black wire are from the Zamp plug

Thank You; Brian French
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:00 PM   #2
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I have a 2016 3011 and my Zamp connector is only wiring to the batteries, no controller. I believe the portable Zamp panels have a controller on them. I decided to go with flexible panels on the roof and a separate controller. However, if I ever get to do any boon docking I could possibly use the Zamp connection for portable panels to add capacity to the 200W I have on the roof.
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:10 PM   #3
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I have a 2016 3011 and my Zamp connector is only wiring to the batteries, no controller. I believe the portable Zamp panels have a controller on them. I decided to go with flexible panels on the roof and a separate controller. However, if I ever get to do any boon docking I could possibly use the Zamp connection for portable panels to add capacity to the 200W I have on the roof.
Thank You for you reply.

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Old 04-05-2019, 12:35 PM   #4
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The Zamp connectors are a great marketing ploy, but that's about it. I repurposed the connector for my air compressor and for anything else I might want an outside 12V tap.


I had a decent solar setup on our Four Winds, (https://pbase.com/brucemac/2014solarpanels) but haven't yet gone to the effort of installing solar on the Sunseeker. It's rare that we set for more than a day, currently. After retirement in a few years, that may change.


I like Morningstar controllers - we had the Tristar 45A PWM and was pleased with it. https://www.morningstarcorp.com/products/tristar/
For maximum efficiency, you could use the MPPT controllers.


Good luck, and be sure to post your install details, should you decide to install a permanent solar setup.
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Old 04-09-2019, 09:42 AM   #5
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Well.....it turns out that the red and black wire are from the battery disconnect switch. The red is the switched wire.
I put a Ring terminal on my solar photovoltaic wire and added a nut to the stud on the back of the switch. I have a 25 amp fuse in line, and for the ground I drilled through the floor and attached the ground wire with a ring terminal to the chassis ground stud, with an additional nut.
I used a MorningStar- ProStar PS-30M controller, with 2) 100 watt each photovoltaic panels.

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Old 04-09-2019, 11:15 AM   #6
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See this thread.... It applies

I've been seeing a lot of "Solar On The Side" related questions. Here's some FAQs
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Great; thank You for that link. Good information to have.
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