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Old 02-16-2014, 10:03 AM   #1
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Does anyone know the manufacturer of the factory installed solar panels, or the number of solar cells? These are the two 53watt panels. We have a FB27 2008, and we are going to add another panel to boost the output. However, we have to match the number of cells correctly; that is, however many cells the factory installed panels have, has to be the same on the new panel. At least, that is what we are told.

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I believe the 53 Watt are Solarex?
This document may have some useful information for you.

If you have a concern about adding new panels to your existing system, just keep the new panels on a separate system with its own controller.

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This may be late, but I just pulled off the 53W solar panel off my Interstate and would be happy to sell it to you if interested. I purchased the RV in October and it is like brand new. You can PM me off line at Steve.
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This may be late, but I just pulled off the 53W solar panel off my Interstate <snip>
Just curious: Why did you pull it off?
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Wouldn't mind adding that to our factory panels, but then what good is more panels without more battery capacity.
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Happy to answer. I intend to do a significant amount of boondocking year round and use my Interstate to travel to dog events selling my new line of custom dog crates. I significantly upgraded my solar and battery capacity. There is a thread, " solar panel upgrades," that describes the new system. I not only have the solar panel, but I have two (2) lifeline 12 volt agm batteries, and the Magnum inverter 1020 (and 200 watt fuse)Click image for larger version

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