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Z1500

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This is my first new RV in 15yrs and my first 'solar ready' unit. I have it on order and I should see it in a couple weeks. Trying to see what 'solar ready' means for a Palomino truck camper. I find lots of youtube videos on other brand 'solar ready' TT's. Those are usually prewired from a passthrough on the roof to a marked wall mount location for a controller. Then prewired from there to the battery.

Now here is the odd thing. I've looked at thousands of interior pics of the Palomino and I don't see any wall mount location for a solar controller. How is this supposed to go in a Palomino TC?

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Our Arctic Fox is also solar ready pre-wired. For us that means there are the wires run through into the battery compartment, and also up to the roof to connect to the panels, which we have not done. The controller that we would have to buy would be installed on the wall near the kitchen sink, near the radio & water heater controls. It simply consists of a label on the wall. "put controller here", or something like that. It just shows where you have to CUT into the wall to mount the controller. I assume all the wires are in the wall behind it that I would need, after I get my drywall knife out. Good luck.

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Solar ready is just a wire from the roof to the battery compartment. Often the wire is in the fridge chimney.


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I had a Fleetwood TC that had a connection on the roof for a solar panel. I could not ever figure out where the other end of the wires were. I pulled lights and speakers down, took paneling off, etc trying to follow the wires around but I could never find where they went.
I ended up just cutting them where they were accessible and running my own wires to where I wanted my charge controller mounted.
Unfortunately "solar ready" is more marketing than reality. I think retailers have figured out that a lot of people will buy just about anything if they put "solar" on it some where.

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Slymer, on my AF 990 the wire came from roof, went to that controller location in wall where it has some slack (but was not cut) than continued down to under sink areas. I used Bogart Engineering system including their solar controller. I put the solar controller under the sink.

you can test that the wire is not cut by first checking continuity on roof looking for an "open", than find where the wire bundle ends under stink, twist ends together and check continuity of wires on roof again to see if its now shows a short.


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Call palomino, they are still a small enough company the they will actually answer the phone and talk you through it.

We are taking delivery of our new AF and I have had questions much like yours.. a simple call and I hot right through to their engineers. I even told them that TC builders need to run a larger circuit up to the bed area for the growing number of Cpap users.. so if you see that idea coming into production you can thank me.


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I own a 2017 Palomino HS2902 and when my solar panel was installed they went down through the fridge vent to the batteries. Solar ready means for portable panels only. On my unit anyway.


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Where are the batteries in a 2902? I am thinking of one and I'm looking at a bunch of videos. I'm guessing under the sink, but not sure. Is there room to add more? How many does it come with?


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My batteries are under the step leading up to the bed. The camper had only one group 24, but I had the dealer add 2 group 27s. These were the largest they could fit.

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GolfnCamp wrote:

My batteries are under the step leading up to the bed. The camper had only one group 24, but I had the dealer add 2 group 27s. These were the largest they could fit.


If that meets your needs, GREAT. If it doesn't, the SiO2 come in a group 27 jar, and would approximately double the existing capacity.

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