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A solar battery charging system requires more than just panels.
Before you start building a system and purchasing components, we recommend that you read through our RV Solar Education topics to familiarize yourself with the technologies we use, and learn why our combination of components results in the most reliable and efficient systems for RVs.
Follow the steps below to configure a complete SunRunnerTM battery charging system.
1. Determine which and how many panels will be in your system.
After reading the System Sizing sections on the RV Solar Education page, youíll be able to decide how many solar panels will be ideal for your camping lifestyle. Next, determine the available roof space on your RV to support that wattage. Start by studying the different sizes of Solar Panels and determine which models will fit within your available roof spaces. Keep in mind that you want to avoid shade wherever possible when selecting solar panel mounting locations and remember that not all of your solar panels have to be the same model in order for your system to perform efficiently. All of our Solar Panels with Accessories kits come with appropriate mounting hardware and cable assemblies. Once youíve determined your solar panel type, quantity and orientation, you can move on to step 2.
2. Select appropriate Controller + System Harness(es).
Each SunRunner System Core includes a complete wire harness and fuse or breaker kit to go from your roof to the Charge Controller and on to the battery bank. Select a core kit (or kits) that can handle the wattage you determined in step 1. Your system may require multiple cores if you have many solar panels. Also, if you think you may want to expand the size of your system in the future, keep your options open by making sure the charge controller in your selected core(s) can support additional solar panels. In each of our SunRunner System Cores weíve carefully matched the charge controller with a correctly sized wire harness so you donít have to worry about any of those details. Once youíve chosen the appropriate System Core you can move on to step 3.
3. Choose a combiner box.
Now itís time to decide how you are going to route the solar output wire down from your roof to where youíll be mounting the charge controller inside the RV. Some wire-runs go down through the refrigerator vent, and others enter through a penetration in the roof. This is where the Combiner Box comes into play. All of the output wires from your solar panels will terminate in a combiner box installed somewhere on the roof. The heavier gauge system core wire harness will then go from the combiner box to your charge controller first, then on to your batteries. Plan this wire path carefully, then re-think it to make sure itís the best solution. Bear in mind that the shorter the wire-runs, the more efficient your system will be.
Carefully following steps 1 through 3 above will help you build a complete system with all the parts you will likely need to install it.
If you need further help, feel free to give us a call.
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