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  • JoyceC
    JoyceCSolar and Alternative Energy for RV's:
    April 16I am going to be ordering a new Tiffin RV and I will eventually be getting solar. Should I get it factory prewired?
    • * The Riveted Fox * Chris & Gina Fox and 2 others like this.
    • JoyceC
      Tar Heel Tiffin April 16 We got our new Phaeton in February and ordered it prewired. Much easier for them
      To do it in my opinion. Congrats!! Enjoy
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      • JoyceC
        Kevin/Yvonne & 4 Doxies April 16 Would they work with an outside installer? I heard of one manufacturer doing that but don't remember which one. I think it was for coax though. Definitely go for the solar any way you go, opens many more options 🤠😎🙂
      • JoyceC
        Seann ( the Canadian) April 16 It really depends on if they will use thick enough gauge wire or if they'll cheap out and use a thin gauge wire
    • JoyceC
      * The Riveted Fox * Chris & Gina Fox April 16 Just make sure the pre wiring gauge is large enough to handle the amount of solar wattage you want to install.  I have an Airstream and the pre wire they used limited me to 500 watts. 
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      • JoyceC
        Carol & Wayne April 16 If you want to increase the panels you might be able to if you wire them more in series which raises the voltage, but not the current. You need to have an MPPT controller that can handle the higher voltage and series panels suffer more when partially shad...  more
    • JoyceC
      Carol & Wayne April 16 Prewired is only useful if it matches your requirements. The best way would be to design your solar system now and spec out the wire size you need. I would probably go at least one size larger to allow for less power loss especially if you decide you need...  more
    • JoyceC
      TarHeels April 16 What type of RV are you getting?
    • JoyceC
      AFSteVet April 16 It may be easier to have it prepared but the considerations are 1). What are your wattage requirements. 2). What will the factory charge you in comparison to a reputable aftermarket solar company. No attempt to slam the factory but they often place a con...  more
    • JoyceC
      John T April 16 Joyce, good question here's my engineer's response. SURE factory pre wired can be great (if good quality and sufficiently sized) PROVIDED IT HAS SUFFICIENT CURRENT (as well as Voltage) CAPACITY FOR THE&...  more
    • JoyceC
      Pianotuna April 16 Yes have the prewire and specify #4 wire.
    • JoyceC
      Tom & Lois April 16 Find your solar installer first! Let him design the system and establish the specs. Give that info to Tiffin to see if they can accommodate the build. Most factory pre-wire is not adequate for a full solar build.
      Tom Dansby
      Mobile solar installer
    • JoyceC
      MRJohnston April 16 I agree with Pianotuna as to the #4 wire.  It’s easy for them to install while the walls are open, difficult to run after everything is closed up.   Do it once, do it right.   It will handle any smaller solar plus allow you to upsize anytim...  more
    • JoyceC
      John T April 16  Joyce to add a bit more regarding wire size. The smallest wire size I've seen used from panels down to controller is 10 Gauge 30 amp while the largest was 2 Gauge 130 amp. If you tell the installer to pre wire with 2 Gauge 130 amp wire or 4 Gau...  more
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      • JoyceC
        Tom & Lois April 16 Prewired assumes that you know where the controller and batteries will be in the final system. If you have ever been an installer you understand that that cannot be determined until the custom system is designed. Normally, batteries will have to be moved ...  more
    • JoyceC
      John T April 17 Hi again Tom, EXCELLENT POINT     " If you have ever been an installer you understand that that cannot be determined until the custom system is designed. Normally, batteries will have to be moved from the original battery location." ...  more
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