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Old 05-13-2021, 05:16 PM   #1
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2020 Caravel solar wiring

I am going to ad 2 solar panels to our 19 foot airstream. It is prewired for solar and I have found the yellow and green wires under the dinette. I haven't dug to much deeper but assume there are negative and positive wires going to the battery in one form or another. Does anyone have some insight on what I'm looking for. Thanks!
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Old 05-13-2021, 06:12 PM   #2
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The grey box in that same compartment under the dinette contains the 12V distribution system. There is a positive bus and a negative one, both are connected to the respective battery terminals. It is in there that you can connect the output from the solar charger controller that you will have to install.
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Old 05-13-2021, 10:23 PM   #3
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wire size?

Thank you for the details. I will need a bit more wire from the controller to the bus bar. Should I match the wire size of the green and yellow existing wires?
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Old 05-13-2021, 11:01 PM   #4
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You certainly could. Although, you could safely go with a smaller wire that is consistent with your solar capacity and what your charge controller can produce. That 8 awg is pretty stiff so getting a smaller, stranded wire makes it easier to handle.
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Old 05-14-2021, 07:03 PM   #5
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another reason for smaller gauge wire

One other thing I didn't think about but I have a crimper for the smaller wires but crimping a fitting on the green solar wire was a bear. I had to take a vice into the trailer to do it!
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Old 05-14-2021, 09:03 PM   #6
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For sure, a hydraulic crimper is your friend for that size wire.
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The few solar controllers I have had didn't need a crimping tool. They are set up to handle the solar wires simply striped to the appropriate length.
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Old 05-15-2021, 10:41 PM   #8
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I had purchased a Zamp controller and it had threaded nuts. Thankfully the yellow had an eyelet on it! That is certainly something to consider after just trying to crimp the one.
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