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Old 08-21-2019, 04:58 PM   #1
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Another Pre wired solar question

I have a 2015 Wildcat Maxx M-317RL and I have been looking for the wires from the pre wired solar connection on the roof. Paperwork that came with the trailer says it is pre wired for solar but nothing more.

My solar connection is in between the entry door and refrigerator and right in-between the kitchen and that bathroom wall. I've looked in the bathroom for an access panel, I've removed the refrigerator, I've removed and inspected the panel at the entry wall where the slide and awning controls are and no luck. I have called FR production in Oregon and they said that year it may not have come equipped but the build sheet shows it. Thank you in advance.
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Old 08-21-2019, 05:27 PM   #2
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Usually "Solar ready" is simply a connector on the outside and a wire to the battery area. You still need a panel(s) and and a controller.
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Old 08-21-2019, 05:49 PM   #3
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Usually "Solar ready" is simply a connector on the outside and a wire to the battery area. You still need a panel(s) and and a controller.
I guess I forgot to mention there are no connectors on the outside. Simply the solar connection on the roof. I bought the panels, controller, fittings, wire, breaker etc. and am ready to go. I saw some threads that said the wires usually are in the walls and just cut into it. I also read there are labels where the controller could go. I have no labels anywhere. I would like to know what wall and where.
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Old 08-27-2019, 09:15 AM   #4
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on our 2019 there is a sticker on the wall under where the roof jack is and that's where you're supposed to mount the controller, I've not removed the roof jack but due to its location assume the wires are run down the wall and into the basement to the batteries.
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:18 PM   #5
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Since this posting, I called the FR factory in Oregon and they informed me the cable comes down the wall to the left of the bathroom door. I could feel there was a sticker on the outside wall as there is glue where a prior owner pulled the sticker off.
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Old 09-05-2019, 11:08 PM   #6
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so if your RV has the solar connector to plug into the rv to charge the battery what kit offers the plug? All I have seen was the alligator clips.

What have you guys used?

I am looking to have it charge my batteries through the winter.

thoughts?


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Old 09-06-2019, 04:21 PM   #7
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found it..

https://www.zampsolar.com/furrion-adapter?rq=Zs-bdc-e
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Old 09-10-2019, 11:20 AM   #8
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Here is an update from my work this past weekend.
Just to be safe, I used my deep scan stud finder and I identified what appeared to be wires in the wall. I drilled an exploratory hole and used a hook to grab a white & red 600 watt wire. Feeling confident, I cut about a 4" x 6" hole in the wall for the controller and found a pair of looped wires with black electrical tape wrapped around one pair. I cut the loop and connected the unmarked pair to the solar input and the black tape marked pair to the battery side of the controller and after I connected the solar panel, everything works.

What does all of this mean?
The solar connection on the roof is completely wired to the battery and all that is needed is solar panels and a controller
The solar label on the Hall/Bathroom wall leading to the bedroom was removed.
No documentation from Forest River other than the label on the wall is frustrating.
The trailer came with main cutoff switch so I did not need to add one.
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