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Old 03-23-2015, 07:26 AM   #1
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Hi was looking to add solar panels to my 2014 27fb serenity.Is there any way to tell if it is pre wired for solar .Also any suggestions about what system or panels work best.Thanks in advance for your help in this matter.Your fellow
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:31 AM   #2
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John,

Solar pre-wire in your 27 is useful only for a 100 watt solar array at best. Anything larger will require adding larger cables to eliminate voltage losses and a quality charge controller.

You might start your investigation at AM Solar's education section: www.amsolar.com


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Old 03-23-2015, 09:29 AM   #3
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If you are just interested in keeping your batteries charged to run 12v when dry camping look into a portable solar panel setup. Zamp is one company that provides several sizes that connect directly onto the battery posts. If you have the basic Parallax converter I would look into a 3 stage converter charger. Many of use have replaced our Parallax with a Progressive Dynamics swap out kit from Bestconverter. I'm not sure if the 2014 models have a 3 stage converter.

If you are interested in running a lot of AC powered devices while dry camping then you will need to do what others have done and install a combination converter/charger/inverter, run the right size cables from the panels on the roof etc as shown in the AM Solar website. You may want to get new batteries with more capacity, e.g. grp 27 or two 6v.

Look through the Electrical forums for what others have done. See what best fits your needs.

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Lew, what do you think of this portable system? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...02L3XUQ70M87BV
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Chief,

I don't have any hands-on experience with portables, but I have heard some good things about the Renogy unit.


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I don't have any hands-on experience with portables, but I have heard some good things about the Renogy unit.


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Thank you, the reviews are overall very good and hard to beat the price.
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Thanks for the info how can I tell what invertor my 27fb 2014 has.Thanks John
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Thanks for the info how can I tell what invertor my 27fb 2014 has.Thanks John
If it has the factory installed inverter, it will be 1000w.


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