Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-22-2020, 12:07 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 4
Solar panel plug in

I have a 2021 Grey Wolf with the remote solar panel plug in. Looking for specs, wiring diagram etc for this so I can adapt my own solar panels.
capswin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2020, 12:17 PM   #2
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 22,733
Quote:
Originally Posted by capswin View Post
I have a 2021 Grey Wolf with the remote solar panel plug in. Looking for specs, wiring diagram etc for this so I can adapt my own solar panels.
The "solar ready" socket has two wires with one fused that goes to the battery. Your solar panels WILL need a solar controller to prevent the panels from draining the battery at night and not overcharging it during the day.

Check the polarity of the socket because the Furrion socket has a reverse polarity than normal. You might need to reverse the wires if your solar controller has a prewired socket.
__________________
Lou, Laura, & Freya the wonder dog
2008 GMC Sierra 3000HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2019 Flagstaff 8529FLS - Pullrite 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2020, 02:19 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by Herk7769 View Post
The "solar ready" socket has two wires with one fused that goes to the battery. Your solar panels WILL need a solar controller to prevent the panels from draining the battery at night and not overcharging it during the day.

Check the polarity of the socket because the Furrion socket has a reverse polarity than normal. You might need to reverse the wires if your solar controller has a prewired socket.
Thanks,
I already have a rooftop panel with a controller. Ive read that you shouldn’t have 2 controllers hooked to the same battery bank as it may cause them to compete.

Also is this wiring and fuse accessible? It’s a shame that the manufacturer doesn’t provide this information or respond to requests for information.

Brian
capswin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2020, 02:27 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: North of Seattle, WA
Posts: 8,337
Quote:
Originally Posted by capswin View Post
Thanks,
I already have a rooftop panel with a controller. Ive read that you shouldn’t have 2 controllers hooked to the same battery bank as it may cause them to compete.

Also is this wiring and fuse accessible? It’s a shame that the manufacturer doesn’t provide this information or respond to requests for information.

Brian
There won't be any competition. They will both respond to the voltage they read on the battery connection and stop charging when they "see" their set voltage. The battery will draw the voltage down on the common solar output and each controller will deliver up to the limit of their output. When the battery is charged, bus voltage will rise and each will go into float mode.

Since no two devices at the price level of the solar controllers we all use will be absolutely precise in voltage readings one controller will switch to float sooner than the other but it will only be within a few millivolts as a rule.
__________________
"A wise man can change his mind. A fool never will."

"Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes you're the tree"

2018 Flagstaff Micro Lite 25BDS
2004 Nissan Titan
TitanMike is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2020, 02:40 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: North of Seattle, WA
Posts: 8,337
Quote:
Originally Posted by Herk7769 View Post
The "solar ready" socket has two wires with one fused that goes to the battery. Your solar panels WILL need a solar controller to prevent the panels from draining the battery at night and not overcharging it during the day.

Check the polarity of the socket because the Furrion socket has a reverse polarity than normal. You might need to reverse the wires if your solar controller has a prewired socket.
Or just purchase an adapter that reverses polarity without having to mess with wires. It's possible that an adapter will be necessary anyway as Furion, Zamp, and others use different "sockets" to begin with.

Amazon has them both for either the SAE type or Furion type connectors.

For some it's worth it to purchase rather than dealing with finding a place to reverse connections, cutting, splicing, soldering, taping, etc.
__________________
"A wise man can change his mind. A fool never will."

"Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes you're the tree"

2018 Flagstaff Micro Lite 25BDS
2004 Nissan Titan
TitanMike is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2020, 03:01 PM   #6
Pickin', Campin', Mason
 
5picker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: South Western PA
Posts: 12,369
Quote:
Originally Posted by capswin View Post
Thanks,
I already have a rooftop panel with a controller. Ive read that you shouldn’t have 2 controllers hooked to the same battery bank as it may cause them to compete.

Also is this wiring and fuse accessible? It’s a shame that the manufacturer doesn’t provide this information or respond to requests for information.

Brian
The basic solar connection on the side of the R/V is nothing more than marketing hype. It is a 15˘ plug that gives them the bragging rights to say "Solar Ready"

There's no rocket science to the plug or the wiring that goes to the battery. It's just a simple SAE connector and some very thin gauge wire that connects to the battery.

It's a poor connection at best.
__________________
_________________________________________
2016 Flagstaff 8529IKBS Diamond Package 5th Wheel-Goodyear Endurance Tires
2017 Ford F-Series SCREW 4x4 - Factory Puck B&W Companion
TST Tire Monitor w/Repeater - Sinemate 3500w Gen.

Days Camped: '17=30 '18=51 '19=58 '20=88
5picker is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2020, 03:57 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by 5picker View Post
The basic solar connection on the side of the R/V is nothing more than marketing hype. it is a 15˘ plug that gives them the bragging rights to say "Solar Ready"

There's no rocket science to the plug or the wiring that goes to the battery. it's just a simple SAE connector and some very thin gauge wire that connects to the battery.

It's a poor connection at best.
I actually climbed under my trailer and saw the wiring. Looks like #12 wire with a 10 amp inline fuse.
As I plan on using 2 solar panels that I already have that can possibly put out more than 10 amps, I'm going to get a 20 controller and hook into the junction box. I plan on using #10 wire and Weather Pack or Deutsch connectors.
capswin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2020, 04:02 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 781
been rehashed a dozen times, do a search and you'll see many options
nayther is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
solar, solar panel

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:44 AM.