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Old 09-03-2020, 03:39 PM   #1
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Solar panel wiring

I have a 2019 R-Pod 179 that is pre wired for a Go Power solar kit. I cut through the template/decal to find the wires, but there are more than I expected and absolutely no indication of what wires come or go from where. It should be simple, wiring for the control panel and connection between the solar panel and batteries. But no one seems to know what wires I need to use.

Anybody out there know and could you possibly provide a wiring diagram?

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Old 09-14-2020, 08:50 AM   #2
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I have the same question.
Currently researching solar options for my pre-wired Rockwood.
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:13 AM   #3
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So far the only real answer I've received, from Forest River and dealers is that you have to have a dealer do the install. They won't tell you what the wiring is, citing liability concerns in case you screw it up.
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how about a close up picture of the wiring you asked about?
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I hope the upload works.... My guess would be the two 4 wire clusters, but I don't know and none are labeled.
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Dont suppose any of those wires go to the panels near by? Maybe process of elimination by identify something. Worse case you can cut a connection and see what stops working to help identify things.

Another thought, have you looked up/down in the hole to see if there are any wires secured out of sight?
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Riverrune The Rockwood customer svc tech said something similar. Their main concern is inadvertently giving away diagrams to competitors.
The solar wires from the roof should be 8 gauge I think. Then 10 gauge going to battery. Either red/black or red/white.
Im waiting for diagrams before I touch mine though.
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I was reading somewhere else some one had a similar problem finding the wires. Probably a thread below this one. I think they just kept digging around until they found some wires just tied off to nothing.
Also start from the battery and trace backwards. The wires to the battery might become obvious then. Can you pull a cover off the roof and see what color the wire are there?

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Riverrune The Rockwood customer svc tech said something similar. Their main concern is inadvertently giving away diagrams to competitors.
The solar wires from the roof should be 8 gauge I think. Then 10 gauge going to battery. Either red/black or red/white.
Im waiting for diagrams before I touch mine though.
The reverse is true for the wire gauges used. 10 from the roof, 8 to the battery.
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The reverse is true for the wire gauges used. 10 from the roof, 8 to the battery.
And as I look at that picture, none of those wires is thick enough to be 8 or 10ga. To the OP, Try putting a small hand mirror in the wall hole and shine a flashlight upward and downward. The wires you want are still hidden somewhere.
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I'm just taking it to the R-Pod dealer in Grand Junction.
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I'm just taking it to the R-Pod dealer in Grand Junction.
If that's a long drive, I think you'll find it very easy to install the charge controller yourself. It's just 4 wires that screw into obvious locations in the controller.

Consider buying the EPEver GoMate flush-mount controller instead of the Go Power model. Much cheaper, same capability and design, equally attractive for an interior mount.
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