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Old 07-11-2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Where are the solar pre wires in my Bambi

I am the proud owner of a new 2011 Bambi 22 FB Sport. It is prewired for a solar panel. I have found the green and yellow wires under the bed area near the control panel exactly where the manual states they should be. The manual states the other ends are in the ceiling, forward of the front power vent. However, my Bambi does NOT have a power vent in the forward section, instead it has a Skylight with a shade. I removed the trim from the skylight but can not find the wires. I did find a wire clip. There is a powered vent fan in the rear, just outside the bathroom. Can anyone help me figure out where the wires might be. I bought this trailer from a wholesale dealer in Texas. It was originally sold by a Bates RV in Florida. I contacted them and they think the wires are in the front of the skylight, this is according to what he was reading from his Airstream Tech Specs. I called Airstream and the service tech told my they might me near the rear power vent. This is getting to be absurd. It should not be such a problem trying to locate these wires. If anyone knows where I should look PLEASE let me know. Any help is GREATLY appreciated.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:35 PM   #2
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I'd like to know as well

I'm having the same problem with Airstream tech support.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:37 PM   #3
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I'd like to know as well

I have the same model and will be watching your post. Tech support could be more supportive in my experiencd also.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:15 PM   #4
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Ok, I found them using a Toner. No tone at the front Sky Light but got tone when I placed the toner next to the rear fan. I removed the REAR Powered Vent Fan and they were tucked in there, so as you enter the Sport and face the front they on the left side of the fan. So NO they are not in the front as stated by Airstream. This is pretty stupid as the only place on the roof that had space for the Solar Panel was in the front, so I used a concealing wire harness and ran the wires along the hood and secured them with wire clamps. So thank you to the technician at Bates RV, he was pretty sure they would be where I found them. Now with this being said, if your 2011 Bambi 22 Sports DOES have a Powered Front Vent Fan I'd be willing to wager that they ARE up front as stated by Airstream. I think my issues is that the Sports that Bates RV orders have the large Skylight up front instead of the Fan, which I prefer the Skylight. Oh BTW, I replaced the vent fan with a FanTastic Powered Rain Sensor Fan (6000 series) and it is the BEST investment you can make. It reverses so you can pull air in or vent out, it has a auto feature for opening and a thermostat to start and stop the fan when the set temp is achieved. If it senses rain, it closes automatically. It is far more powerful in terms of air flow then the fan that was installed from the factory.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:09 PM   #5
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I have a 2005 Bambi 19' CCD, I wonder where the solar pre wires are on my unit?
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:17 PM   #6
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Would I have prewires in my 2006 Safari? I hope so, since solar is first on my list of upgrades. Sbb
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:59 PM   #7
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I used the solar prewires and just followed the factory recommended wiring layout, which made the entire installation much easier.

scotiabambi, in my 2005 Bambi 19' CCD, the solar prewire (yellow & green wires) ran from the 12v electrical terminal block under the front dinette bench seat, back along the roadside behind the kitchen, up through the closet into the ceiling, and ended coiled up in the ceiling between the air conditioner and the front vent. Access to the coiled solar wires in the ceiling was made by removing the front vent trim panel and searching around through the insulation. The solar prewires were labled at both ends of the run.

Sbb, it is my understanding the solar pre-wire is included in all airstream trailers made in recent years (at least since 2000). It is generally covered in the AS manuals, but the exact locations of the wires vary by model.

Good luck with your projects. Solar along with other energy conversation steps (e.g. LED lighting) has provided virtually unlimited energy for our camping trips on the west coast (which does not require the use of an air conditioner).

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Old 10-22-2012, 06:43 PM   #8
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Try pulling your tank monitor panel and checking for extra wires -- http://www.airforums.com/forums/f512...ml#post1206602
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:21 AM   #9
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I spent about 80 nites without hookups last year out of over 120 nites on the road. I think breeze wise, Airstream has great big windows, the solar will extend my fridge and fan, little bit of water pump. My needs generally stay the say, i am out 4 sometimes five nights at a clip. Sbb
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DC buss bar location?

Looking for my solar prewire in my 2013 Sport 22...understand that the roof wires are likely in the roof vent. Where is the other end? Manual says it's "to the DC buss bar located under the roadside front lounge". I'm assuming that's inside the trailer? Near the control panel under the fridge? Or under the front bed near the water tank? Seems like I'm overlooking something...
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On a 2012 it's under the bed in the street side corner.
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Ok found them! Almost killing my neck and back...So how do people normally utilize these interior wires? What's the basic set up? Apologize in advance for the novice questions?
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From what has been shared on the forum regarding prewire of solar, it depends on what year and model. My '06 Safari wiring was exactly where the manual mentioned, in the refrigerator area outside. They were tucked and taped. I found their other end at the battery panel also tucked an taped. Then I found the prewire for the monitor as well, behind the water, battery sensor panel.
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Old 09-12-2016, 01:01 AM   #14
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Where are the solar pre wires in my Bambi

We installed a solar system and basically ignored the dinky factory pre-wire, because it's basically too small and was in the wrong place for our setup.

There are plenty of threads on this subject, but Lewster is the fully qualified resident expert. Bigger wire for the panels and battery connections is a simple improvement to any solar system.


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