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Old 06-10-2019, 06:54 PM   #1
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Pre wired for solar

Does anyone know if a 2019 Catalina Trail Blazer 26TH is pre wired for a solar panel?
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:06 PM   #2
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Don't know if it is or isn't but in some ways it's better that it's not.

All the "Solar Pre-wire" means is that there are two small (about #12) wires going from the outside connector to the battery.

If you are going to install solar on the roof the pre-wire connector isn't used.

If you are going to use a Suitcase Solar system the connector is designed to force you into buying an expensive system (often ZAMP) and plug it in where THEY say it should be.

Starting fresh with no existing connectors allows you to install one where it's most convenient for YOU, not some design engineer at the factory.

Also, "Pre-Wire" does not include a controller so you either have to install one for the roof mounted units or purchase a "suitcase" that comes with a controller installed.

Just my feelings which may not be shared by all
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X2 on what Mike said, but also before you purchase anything, I suggest you carefully calculate your power needs or get a good usage meter and camp a few times to determine your actual requirements. You don't want to purchase a controller only to realize after a few outings that you need a larger controller.
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X2 on what Mike said, but also before you purchase anything, I suggest you carefully calculate your power needs or get a good usage meter and camp a few times to determine your actual requirements. You don't want to purchase a controller only to realize after a few outings that you need a larger controller.

Better yet, after making all the calculations, go up to the next larger size. Leave room for expansion.

Also, if installing (or using) more than one panel, go with an MPPT controller. Panels can be wired in series and the MPPT controller can squeeze more usable power out of the panels.
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