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Old 06-04-2021, 07:30 PM   #1
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Question solar ready?

Hi guys,

I have a coachman catalina summit 2019 172FQ. It is solar ready for a 100 watt panel. I wanted to get a 150 watt dokio soft sided suitcase solar panel as a beginner boondocking solar system. My question is would that panel be to much for the 100 watt setup and if it is , what would be the largest watt panel I can get. I do realize I may have to actually change the solar connection plugs that connect the panel to the ready hookup or get an adapter. I only have one so call deep cycle marine battery , but hope to get two agm batteries soon

Another question, would it be easy to change the solar ready wiring to something heavier so I could attach a larger watt panel.

I am a lone traveler so I wouldn't need much solar
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Old 06-04-2021, 07:38 PM   #2
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Solar ready means many different things. Some turnkey solutions have a small controller attached to the panel and hence output the final charge level while others are simply a connector and wires from the connector to the battery area. If you have a controller in your solar ready system, you will need to look at the current capability. If you end up purchasing another controller, get one that is about 50% larger than what you think you need. This will allow you capacity to add more panels later without getting a new controller.

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Old 06-06-2021, 07:08 PM   #3
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Solar ready usually means they ran a few wires for you. You would need a charge controller in most cases to use the "solar ready" stuff. That particular solar kit you are looking at has a controller built in.
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