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Old 09-06-2015, 04:17 PM   #1
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Solar Panel Prep on 2015 Rockwood 2318G

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Does anyone know what the solar panel prep on a 2015 Rockwood 2318G would entail? Where might the prep be found? Starting to think about cutting the cord for some longer trips. Thanks for any input.

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Old 09-07-2015, 09:21 AM   #2
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there is a plug on the frame near the battery, on my 2516G is on the driver side front cross member, its an SAE plug and thre are 2 wires running from there to the battery.
its wired revers of battery tender plugs, so plugging in a battery tender SAE plug will not charge the unit.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:30 PM   #3
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Thanks. Spent some time looking for the plug this afternoon, but had no luck. Perhaps the 2318G did not come with the solar prep. I'll do some more digging around and let everyone know what is determined.

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Old 09-07-2015, 11:22 PM   #4
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there is a plug on the frame near the battery, on my 2516G is on the driver side front cross member, its an SAE plug and thre are 2 wires running from there to the battery.
its wired revers of battery tender plugs, so plugging in a battery tender SAE plug will not charge the unit.
Is that one of those zamp plugs? Have one and never knew what to do with it.

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yes it is a ZAMP solar plug, min was found on the frame, opposite side of the battery box, drivers side

it looks like this


I found mine was wired revers of the battery tender that i have, so if i wanted to use it to maintain my battery I would have to flip the wires on the plug and i would be all set...
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I snapped a pic while installing my battery disconnect
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I thought about maybe switching them to use for a solar or wired battery tender (already use one just hooked to the batttery).

I am no solar god but I always see people using heavy 2, 4 ,or 6 gauge wire. I cannot imagine the small cheap wires used on the zamp connector would be very efficient at moving the electric. Maybe it is good for a 5 watt panel but I could not see it working to good with a 100 or 200 watt setup.
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Keep in mind it's a 12 volt system, anything under 5 amps for 25 ft of wire needs 18 gauge
Personally I was looking at the 40 watt kit and the 100 watt kit
Even if I did 18 amp/ 108 watts the 18 gauge wire is good for upto 5 feet.

Considering where this is on the trailer in relationship to the battery the cable is under 5 feet in length and is ok to go. Would I like thicker, yea, is it needed, no
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Thanks for the info. I did not know this.
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I snapped a pic while installing my battery disconnect


Thanks for the visual. There does not appear to be any plug similar to that anywhere near the front of our 2318G. All is not lost, we'll just have to do the solar panel the old fashioned way, alligator clips directly to the battery.

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