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Old 09-22-2018, 02:15 PM   #1
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Solar Panels with Exposed Cords + a 'what is this?"

I climbed a ladder to check the top of my Airstream for the first time last week and have three questions (photos attached):

1) The two plug-in cords that run from the box to the solar panels look like what is shown in my Owner's Manual. However, do I need to be concerned that the cords are, well, just lying there?

2) Should I unplug the two cords from the receptacle and use the plug protectors attached to the plugs (can be seen in photos) to keep rain/snow out over the winter?

3) What are two foot-long, elongated shields on side of air conditioner?

Thanks so much - I continue to learn so much from this very helpful community.
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Old 09-22-2018, 02:35 PM   #2
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I can't comment on the Factory solar install except to say... it's a Factory solar install.
3m cord clips could help tighten & secure them.👍 Better if you could find them with permanent 3m adhesive.


The shields are to deflect air away from the fridge vent while towing.
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Solar Panels with Exposed Cords + a 'what is this?"

The solar wires are fine... not the neatest / cleanest install but having them exposed is fine they are rated for outdoor use. No need to disconnect in the winter either - those or SAE connectors designed for outdoor use.

Again, not as neat and tidy as using a sealed junction box but it does the job and will give you years of trouble free use.
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Thanks for the reassuring information.
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Thank you for asking this question - I've always wondered about this myself!
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