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Looks good. Does it install with screws? Can water get under it? Sorry to ask silly questions, but I've never seen one installed in person.
What brand is this? Did it plug into the Zamp plug? I have a 2016 [email protected]
Nice!!!Looks like a clean installation and I like the fact you didn't butcher up the top, ran the wiring down cleanly and utilized tape as things do go bad on occasion and need replacing. I've always liked the flexible panels and it does allow you to charge in most light conditions and during travel as well. Thanks for sharing your work and panel info as it will help others interested in doing something similar in the future.
How did you run the wires to the battery? It looks like they run next to the hatch to the back end. Did you go thru the trailer or zip tie underneath?
Yes, I have a [email protected] Max 2014, and I am stumped as how to get the wires to the solar charge controller, and then to the battery without hacking the trailer up! timlaw71 can you further explain what you did, and show lots of pictures? I need some direction on the solar idea. I like the idea of solar for a number of reasons, one of which is that I have to store it outside, so with solar, the battery is always being tendered. The other is boondock camping needs a daily recharge. Thanks.
This is great. You really helped me and countless others with your effort! Thank you.
Nice install. Do the cables slap the roof when traveling down the road at 55mph?
More importantly, do the wires slap the trailer at 85 mph Think Wyoming LOL
I've ordered that same Suaoki solar setup as Timlaw71, including the zip tie mounts (1/2") that should fit exactly between the rear hatch and the edging along the side of the trailer. I should know in a week if it works, or not. Pretty close to $350 for everything, including an 8amp zamp solar controller from solardealz, 50' of cable, connectors, fuses, zip ties, Renolgy connectors, and the Renolgy connector tools. I'm picking up some tape from my local Napa dealer, today. He said it is for attaching molding to the outside of automobiles, and it's either 1/2" or 5/8" wide (or maybe the 1" wide 3M Extreme tape at the Ho Do).
Thanks timlaw71, time will tell! Moved the canopy last night, so we'll see how much charging takes place in this partly sunny location. Because the panel came with mc4 connectors, I bought some, but in hindsight, it seems that merely crimping the wires would have been sufficient. Thanks for all the information, pictures, and encouragement. We hope to have a trial run next weekend.
Anyone have any issues with the 3M tape? I have some and have been debating mounting my panel the same way for a couple years but needed a guinea pig to try it first! I'm thinking if that stuff sticks, it sticks for life so I want to get it right the first time.
Excellent write-up and information provided Tim and this is good stuff that will encourage others to do similar projects and is very helpful!
Hi Timlaw71. I'm pretty sure I just saw your rig at Overland Expo. I stopped by a couple times but you weren't there when I did. I just wanted to see how the solar panel was working out and is it still sticking good? Do you know specifically which "number" 3M tape you used? I've seen a couple different ones in Home Depot / Lowes and more online. And have even got different suggestions direct from 3M and different tape vendors. Thanks
timlaw71, sorry to bump an old thread but I was wondering aside from the solar panel and zip tie mounts, what else did you have to purchase to complete this setup? I have a Silver Shadow myself, stock except for the upgraded deep cycle battery I put in the galley cabinet.Also, curious why you put your controller in the front instead of closer to the battery, which I would have thought would be simpler? Thanks.
JGarCA go to my profile & look @ the thread (Preparing to buy a solar setup). I used a waterproof zamp controll mounted on the outside & in a plastic box with the renogy 100 flex pannel. Check it out. Not all zamp controllers are waterproof so if you go this route make sure to get the waterproof one.Robert from TN.
Thanks for all the photos,, I recently purchased the Renogy 100W solar kit, and then purchased 10 gauge in line fuse and SAE adapters so that I can cut off the rings on the Renogy wire to the battery and splice the SAE adapters with waterproof connectors. Then I will be able to connect to the Zamp receptacle on my battery box cover. The Wanderer controller is not waterproof so I am pondering mounting location now. Probably will mount inside a water tight utility box on the cargo rack. That way I can run all my wires and strap them to the frame or the cargo rack. I own a 2017 six wide Rough Rider which I am happy with. But at some point I may want to switch to another trailer so I want to keep my solar portable and I am not excited about adding any penetrations into the fiberglass right now.
Now is a good time to purchase panels made in China because prices will go up when the new tariffs happen soon.