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Old 09-20-2015, 01:03 AM   #1
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Solar question....

Just bought the 2016 2604ws, it is solar ready with the panel plugin on the front side of the trailer.
Can somebody tell me how I would find the wire to add in a controller?

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Old 09-20-2015, 01:29 AM   #2
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The Z AMP wiring is light duty, and basically designed for a small "suitcase" style panel system that has the controller built into it. If you are going above 40 watts, you will be better off connecting your solar system with larger wires directly to your batteries.

Do some research on solar before spending any money. Remember that it only works in direct sunlight during the day. Very little output during periods of clouds, within 2 hours of dusk and dawn, and obviously zero at night.
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Old 09-20-2015, 01:39 AM   #3
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I already have had solar on my previous camper so I know how it works. What I want to do on this new trailer is put 240 watts on the roof. So are you saying I can't use the installed wire then? I will pretty much have to start all new?

I need solar because I only boondock, no campgrounds.

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Old 09-20-2015, 05:28 PM   #4
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Just bought the 2016 2604ws, it is solar ready with the panel plugin on the front side of the trailer.
Can somebody tell me how I would find the wire to add in a controller?

Thanks!!
I took a look at the ZAMP Solar website and it seems that those of us with the prewired port on the side of our trailers are limited to using the ZAMP portable systems only. Maybe the size of the wiring used in the trailer(???). I'd call ZAMP before going outside their recommendations.

They do show a portable system at 200W, but it certainly isn't as convenient as mounting the panels on the roof.

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Old 09-20-2015, 06:20 PM   #5
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200W at 12 VDC is 16.66 amps.

You'd need at least 12 gauge wiring (14 gauge for 15 amps, 12 gauge for 20 amps). See here: http://www.wecoconnectors.com/data_s...ifications.pdf

I haven't investigated my plug's wiring, but I highly doubt it's 14 gauge, let alone 12 gauge.
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Old 09-26-2015, 10:25 AM   #6
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I checked out the solar place I have used before for my truck camper.....I can buy a 200W kit which includes 2 100W panels, 40' of wire and a controller.
So I will probably go that route once I can figure out how and where to run the wire and mount the controller. Any ideas?
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Hi Roaddiva,
We have one 24 volt 260 watt panel which is a little easier to mount. We had to use a cable patch to enter the roof because of our windjammer floor layout. Here is the link acouple pics from our mod

We have used the refrigerator chimney to bring the solar wires inside on previous trailers . Looks like that would work depending on how far away your converter is from Fridge. You may want to look at how we yanked the second stairs to make a spot for two 6V batteries. t made for a short cable run back to the inverter/converter area. The best mod was proline transfer switch which lets the inverter use the existing ac wiring to distribute power automatically to RV without extension cords. Good luck
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I just ordered the 200W solar kit, sent pictures of the Zamp plug/wires on the side of the trailer to the guys there and they think it will work fine. The wires from the plug just go to the battery so I will just add the controller between the plug and battery. I will extend the wire and actually install the controller in the bedroom which is directly above where the wires are. Should be an easy install :-)
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I just ordered the 200W solar kit, sent pictures of the Zamp plug/wires on the side of the trailer to the guys there and they think it will work fine. The wires from the plug just go to the battery so I will just add the controller between the plug and battery. I will extend the wire and actually install the controller in the bedroom which is directly above where the wires are. Should be an easy install :-)
Let us all know the gauge of the wires between the plug and the battery when you do this. Pics would be nice, too!
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UPDATE!!! Solar installed!!

I installed 200w of solar.....did not use the Zamp plugin...went with 12g wire. Ran wire direct from batteries to controller, panels to controller. See pix below.....Turned out great and works perfectly :-)







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