Originally Posted by Keithe
I do have one question? Do all the new Forester MBS come with a Zamp sidewall solar plug? If so, I may start with portable panels then at some point move to more permanent roof mounted panels.
Congratulations! I am very pleased with mine and even purchased it having not ever seen the inside; nevertheless I'm very happy I chose the floorplan that I did.
Mine did arrive with the Zamp connector on the sidewall however I chose to go with a roof installation myself so the connector will not likely ever be used. The solar controller that supports the roof system would require some settings changes to use additional panels with the built-in connector and those panels would need to not have a controller themselves that would interfere with the other controller.
Anyway after a lot of research I ended up with the following which was professionally installed by bendmobilesolar.com. You can find mine under the "recent work" link, the 2016 Forest River Forester.
- BlueSky 2512ix MPPT Controller
- BlueSky ProRemote
- 2x 160w mono crystalline panels
- Solar shutoff
- Battery temp lead (for the remote)
- Shunt (for the remote)
I also installed the Progressive Industries ems-hw30c surge protector under the rear bed.
Finally, I suggest reading up on the LED taillight converter issue that some have had (including myself) in which the Curt LED converter is commonly installed under the coach near the rear bumper in a weather exposed location that can apparently lead to failure. After a lot of mystery, with the help of this forum and some perseverance I concluded that swapping out the original (failed) Curt controller fixed all my taillight issues. Here's a thread:
2016 Forester MBS 2401s - LED Brake Light Will Not Turn Off