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Old 11-26-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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Wiring for future solar installation

We're in the process of renovating our 1953 flying cloud and have the opportunity to completely rewire the beast.
We're planning to install solar in the coming years and are wondering if there are any steps we can take now to make that easier to fit in with wiring that will already be there.
My fiance is an electrician's apprentice so he's got the basics down, but has yet to work with solar.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-26-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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You'll need a place to put the controller (switches solar charging on and off and allows you to monitor the results); you'll need cables to both the solar panels and the batteries, where ever they are.... hard (emotionally) part is getting cables through the roof - one popular method for trailers with roof refrigerator vents is to run the cables down that way. Barring that, you'll need a through-roof fitting.

I'd read the AM solar installation guide - it's pretty good, and covers what you need to know. If you can have a raceway to install cabling later, that's perfect.

AM Solar's Support Pages PDF Downloads

I bought my kit from them and was quite happy... it was worth the extra $ to get all the right parts, UV-rated ship's cabling, etc.

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Old 12-03-2013, 09:06 PM   #3
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Thanks barts!
the PDF definitely helps.
We plan on wiring in the next two months so I'll be sure to give an update.
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:31 PM   #4
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I wired using ancor marine wire from west marine. Very good wire. They have a nice selection of wire and electrical stuff in general, much of it useful for RVs.
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