Before I add SOLAR...

Electrical issues, both 12 volt and 120 volt
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Re: Before I add SOLAR...

Post by skater » Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:42 pm

mountaindent wrote:I do not think of it as a generator no matter how it is marketed.
Yeah, I know. I've seen people thinking they're some magical device... it's like, no, it's a battery! It's probably a useful thing to have in certain situations (tailgating maybe?). My gripe is the name "solar generator". :)
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Re: Before I add SOLAR...

Post by Millennial Falcon » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:49 pm

okaynagan wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:04 pm
okaynagan wrote: I would be interested is seeing a photo of where the solar pre-wired connections are on the roof.
"Seek and you shall find" it appears that images already been posted, years ago. We were just reinventing the wheel here, were we not? http://b190.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_vi ... temId=3022
Archived here also is a rather lively discussion on solar. http://b190.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1481
So... I'm considering just using these pre-installed solar wires from Airstream if they are on my 1994. Has anyone used them? Are they at least 10ga wire? And most importantly, where do they go inside the coach? I can find the box on the roof, but where is the other end of the wires?

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Re: Before I add SOLAR...

Post by skater » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:42 am

Millennial Falcon wrote: So... I'm considering just using these pre-installed solar wires from Airstream if they are on my 1994. Has anyone used them? Are they at least 10ga wire? And most importantly, where do they go inside the coach? I can find the box on the roof, but where is the other end of the wires?
I think it’s 12 gauge at most. In mine, there’s an unconnected wire in the fuse panel, which I think is the solar wire.
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Re: Before I add SOLAR...

Post by Mgittrich » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:39 pm

I’m pretty sure the wire is 10ga. I have an Aurstream manual with specs for wiring from I think a ‘94. One of the diagrams depicts the converter box and wiring for for the fuses. I believe they also reference the wire for the solar panel positive from the roof, which terminates in the fuse panel, as 10ga. The negative from the roof is connected to chassis ground some where outside of the fuse panel.

The wire from the roof runs through the fluorescent light in front of the A/C. If you pull the light off and look at the wires there looks to be a couple of extra wires in the box which I think are from the roofs solar panel prewirng. This made sense to me given the proximity of the roof access box and the light. While. Was there a tugged slightly on the wires and then didn’t seem adminable to moving. So I don’t thick it possible to pull new wire through what ever path it runs.

I hope this helps.

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Re: Before I add SOLAR...

Post by Kentuckian » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:26 pm

"I'm considering just using these pre-installed solar wires from Airstream if they are on my 1994. Has anyone used them?"

Yes, I used the Airstream solar wires in my '93. I have a single 180watt 12volt panel that at peak sun puts out about 9amps. Works fine.

The Airstream wires run from the small box on the roof down into the converter.
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Re: Before I add SOLAR...

Post by Millennial Falcon » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:09 pm

Do you recall if they wer 10 or 12 gauge wires? I'm planning to run three 100 watt panels in parallel on those wires... I'd really like them to be 10 gauge...

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Re: Before I add SOLAR...

Post by Kentuckian » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:33 pm

Sorry, I don't recall.
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