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Old 01-06-2018, 01:35 PM   #1
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Adding solar to new 5th wheel.

I hope I'm posting in the right forum. We purchased a 2017 Wildcat 262RGX 2 months ago. It's a great unit to travel with. It came prewired for rooftop solar and control panel. Has anyone mad this addition and curious as to cost. I haven't contacted the dealer yet for info. There are times when I'm more inclined to just buy a generator such as the Champion 75537i Invertor Generator and have it over with. I don't plan to boondock much, just trying to figure our what works the best.

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Old 01-08-2018, 04:31 PM   #2
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I hope I'm posting in the right forum. We purchased a 2017 Wildcat 262RGX 2 months ago. It's a great unit to travel with. It came prewired for rooftop solar and control panel. Has anyone mad this addition and curious as to cost. I haven't contacted the dealer yet for info. There are times when I'm more inclined to just buy a generator such as the Champion 75537i Invertor Generator and have it over with. I don't plan to boondock much, just trying to figure our what works the best.

It depends what you're going to do while boondocking. I personally hate generators... BUT I understand that people use them for TVs and blow drying their hair in the morning.

If your rig comes with a solar controller, you could buy standalone panels and get PLENTY of performance for what you would spend on a generator (Just remember that they don't run in the dark so you at the very least need dual batteries). If you're planning on creature comforts while boondocking, get the generator... it'll be cheaper. If you're planning on the basics like heat, refrigeration, and lights, go solar.
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Genset, I would go with and having the basic solar would be nice to keep the batteries top off. Other than that, there is so many variables when it comes to solar as in the total watts and all what you want to use, these replies are going to get big and detailed.....let it begin
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Old 02-09-2018, 05:13 PM   #4
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sure wish someone would post pictures, web address. seen them all over but mi e id 44 ft. devastating the same thing. i know they have different VDC panels out there .
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:07 PM   #5
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I hope I'm posting in the right forum. We purchased a 2017 Wildcat 262RGX 2 months ago. It's a great unit to travel with. It came prewired for rooftop solar and control panel. Has anyone mad this addition and curious as to cost. I haven't contacted the dealer yet for info. There are times when I'm more inclined to just buy a generator such as the Champion 75537i Invertor Generator and have it over with. I don't plan to boondock much, just trying to figure our what works the best.

Please don't waste your time and money in dealing with a factory pre-wired for solar setups. They are pretty much worthless but do make a good system to prevent your battery from discharging while in storage I guess.

I have a pretty sweet solar system on my camper that allows me to go generator free for almost all of my trips. I do about 3 solar installs a year to fund upgrades to my 5th wheel. I tell every customer who answers my ads that the most cost effective option for almost everyone is to get a decent and quiet inverter generator.

Solar is not cost effective unless you a a full time boondock rv'er. I do not fit that category but my system which I charge $6500 to install is mainly for convenience and not having to worry about power.

Factory solar system are pre-wired with too thin wire resulting in unacceptable voltage losses which make them basically worthless. This website has a lot of reading but it is very valuable if you take the time https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/...ging-puzzle-2/
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sure wish someone would post pictures, web address. seen them all over but mi e i’d 44 ft. devastating the same thing. i know they have different VDC panels out there .
Jeff, I don't understand what you are asking. If you would like to install solar by yourself, it isn't that hard. A little understanding of electricity and more mechanical ability is what is required. I have six 100 watt solar panels on my roof. Each is grouped in a set of 3 panels that are wired in parallel. These two groups of three panels are then wired together in series and then the power is sent to the solar controller. Most 12 volt panels put out 18 to 20 volts in ideal conditions. My system generates about 41 volts to my solar controller when the sun is above and bright. My MPPT controller converts the excess voltage into higher current at more appropriate lower voltages needed to charge the batteries.

There are a lot of solar setups out there and many professional installers do not do good installs that should work as promised because of voltage losses form wire distances with too thin wires. Why spend thousands when the solar controller is mounted 10-15 feet away from the battery bank and connected with 10 gauge wiring? The same goes for wiring length and gauge from solar panels to the solar controller. Same goes for inverters mounted to far away form battery bank with too thin wiring or power converters used to charge the batteries with occasional generator use not mounted within 3-5 feet of battery banks, etc...etc...etc.. Don't get me started on crimps. A poorly crimped lug is dangerous and can cause a fire that can destroy your RV.
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It depends what you're going to do while boondocking. I personally hate generators... BUT I understand that people use them for TVs and blow drying their hair in the morning.

If your rig comes with a solar controller, you could buy standalone panels and get PLENTY of performance for what you would spend on a generator (Just remember that they don't run in the dark so you at the very least need dual batteries). If you're planning on creature comforts while boondocking, get the generator... it'll be cheaper. If you're planning on the basics like heat, refrigeration, and lights, go solar.


Thanks man for the info. No no Ill probably put two inverters with 4 deep cycle batteries. With that or Ill get eight of those 6 volts. My enclosed trailer has a 30 amp system in it. I work on the pipeline so mi e wont sit in any storage for a long while.
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sure wish someone would post pictures, web address. seen them all over but mi e id 44 ft. devastating the same thing. i know they have different VDC panels out there .
Jeff, Skyliner wrote he didn't understand what you were saying. You might consider rewriting this sentence so we can understand what you meant:

"over but mi e id 44 ft. devastating the same thing."
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Jeff, Skyliner wrote he didn't understand what you were saying. You might consider rewriting this sentence so we can understand what you meant:

"over but mi e id 44 ft. devastating the same thing."


uummm ya i can see why. i do t even know what that means. hang on let me look up
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2017 wildcat Max 262rgx here thinking about adding solar. Curious to know what RmblnFvr decided to do?
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