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Old 03-08-2018, 01:00 PM   #1
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Exterior solar plug-in

Exterior solar plug-in For portable solar panels.
Has anyone installed a exterior solar plug? If so how did you install it? I have a 21 with a solar panel on the roof I am wanting to add 2-3 100w flexible panels to the system. By the way not on the roof. Any ideas.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:33 PM   #2
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While I had Escape install a ZAMP connector (that I supplied) in my 21, I installed my own in my 17B. In both cases, they were wired to the input of the GoPower controller. I bypassed the controller that was mounted on my portable panel.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:36 PM   #3
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I am looking to have escape install a zamp for this as well, who is the best place to order from with CA delivery?
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:48 PM   #4
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I am installing a Furrion Solar Port this week, this one:
Solar Port Inlet - White - Furrion

The connection is this one:
XLR-style Solar Plug | Go Power!

I purchased two 40W panels (not flexible type, but they are only $35) here:
https://www.solarblvd.com/products/s...solar-panel-2/

I then made some stands for the portable panels using aluminum angle.

Wire is No. 10, from here:
https://powerwerx.com/red-black-bonded-zip-cord

A primary consideration is where to store the portable panels while traveling so be sure they fit. I looked at the flexible panels but they are expensive (so a target for thieves) and require extra care to tie them down due to winds. My set worked great at Quartzite. In combination with the roof panel, we were fully charged by 10AM each morning.

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Old 03-08-2018, 03:08 PM   #5
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Sounds great, if you could take pictures of the install and post them that would be great.
I am interested in where and how to install the plug in on the trailer.
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I have photos of the ZAMP type connector installed on the back of my 17B here (scroll down a bit).

I also started a page of modifications of my 21. No individual photo, but it is in the same location, and can be seen in the third image of my section on tilting the panels.
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:41 PM   #7
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I've been dragging my feet about a portable solar project so all my "knowledge" is pure theory....But why not simply connect the portable panels to the 7 pin connector that's not being used while disconnected from the tow vehicle? Pretty sure my black and white wires are #10AWG. (I had to replace that cable a while back though, and I'm not sure that it is standard. ) My plan is to use a good controller in the trailer, not on the portable panel.
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Paceman - I am waiting for our weather to warm up before installing so the silicone seal can harden above freezing. I plan to install our plug close to the detachable power cord near the drivers side rear of the trailer. Drill with a hole saw, attach with self tapping stainless screws into a wood backer plate, seal with silicone, and crimp my wiring in place. I'll take some photos.

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Sounds great, if you could take pictures of the install and post them that would be great.
I am interested in where and how to install the plug in on the trailer.
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Paceman - I am waiting for our weather to warm up before installing so the silicone seal can harden above freezing. I plan to install our plug close to the detachable power cord near the drivers side rear of the trailer. Drill with a hole saw, attach with self tapping stainless screws into a wood backer plate, seal with silicone, and crimp my wiring in place. I'll take some photos.


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