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Old 10-20-2021, 12:17 PM   #1
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Solar pre wire

I posted this yesterday on company site and no response yet. Maybe yall will have info. We recently got the e-mail and need to make our choices. We have no current plan to boondock and plan to stay in State and Corps of engineer parks but I have been warned that we may some day want to. If that is the case Solar would be appreciated. If we get our 5.0TA prewired is it wired for 2 panel locations and what gauge of wire is used. Thanks
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Old 10-20-2021, 01:04 PM   #2
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Old 10-20-2021, 04:39 PM   #3
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I posted this yesterday on company site and no response yet. Maybe yall will have info. We recently got the e-mail and need to make our choices. We have no current plan to boondock and plan to stay in State and Corps of engineer parks but I have been warned that we may some day want to. If that is the case Solar would be appreciated. If we get our 5.0TA prewired is it wired for 2 panel locations and what gauge of wire is used. Thanks
Typically 10 gauge
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Old 10-21-2021, 11:38 AM   #4
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OK that's one half of the question answered are both panel locations wired. Still no response on the Factory Forum.
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This thread might help. I believe there is only a single MC4 entry plate on the roof. You would need to route your panel wiring to there and use appropriate connectors to join them before connecting to the entry plate.

https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...tml#post365835
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Old 10-21-2021, 12:12 PM   #6
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The couple of Escapes I've seen have both panels going to a combiner on the roof, so at that point one 10 awg wire goes down to the solar charge controller. We have four panels on our roof going to a four wire combiner and then the single 10 awg goes down to the SCC. At 25 amps we're about at the limit the 10 awg wire is still efficient.

We have a second Victron 100/20 controller for our portable, but this summer I added three 100 watt panels now combined on the roof with our 170 watt ETI supplied panel, all four wired in parallel. With two cables the three 100 watt panels could have been wired in series to one cable going to our Victron 100/30 SCC, and the 170 watt panel separately to the other Victron 100/20 SCC.

If I had to do it again I'd ask Escape to run two 10 awg cables from the roof to the SCC area. Of course then you're talking about two SCC's, one for each The worst thing that will happen is you'll never use the second cable.

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Old 10-22-2021, 10:45 AM   #7
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Here is the response I got to my question for those interested.

the option "Prewire for Solar with Roofmount MC4 Connector" is wired with 10 AWG and includes wires for one solar panel. However, a second solar panel can be installed using the existing infrastructure once one panel is installed. Yours is a 5.0 TA, so no issues here. If it was a 21C we would not advise of installing two solar panels aftermarket due to the current location of the front panel. To install this front panel aftermarket could interference with the shower enclosure.

Please feel free to reach out to your configuration specialists if you have further questions. Thank you.
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Old 10-23-2021, 12:45 AM   #8
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Here is the response I got to my question for those interested.

the option "Prewire for Solar with Roofmount MC4 Connector" is wired with 10 AWG and includes wires for one solar panel. However, a second solar panel can be installed using the existing infrastructure once one panel is installed. Yours is a 5.0 TA, so no issues here. If it was a 21C we would not advise of installing two solar panels aftermarket due to the current location of the front panel. To install this front panel aftermarket could interference with the shower enclosure.

Please feel free to reach out to your configuration specialists if you have further questions. Thank you.
I believe it is the 21 NE that has had a few problems with the front solar panel, not the 21 C.
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I believe it is the 21 NE that has had a few problems with the front solar panel, not the 21 C.
Yes, that is correct and Escape issued a safety warning that only involved the 21 NE. That said, someone also lost a panel off the front of a 19. Any panels mounted near the front of trailers need serious consideration of the lift forces involved.
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