Solar install, 2016 3010 RE

muzhunter

Member
I have a 2016 Big Horn 3010RE. Wanting to install a 200 W roof mount solar system. I do not care if the controller is inside the coach or not. My last trailer had a vent pipe that ran through the basement storage. Dropped the wires down the pipe then siliconed around them coming into the storage compartment. Made hook up easy.


Where is the easiest location to get the cables from the roof to near the battery location?

I was thinking the vent pipe for the washer/dryer? Then into basement storage then to batteries.

Ideas and suggestions please.

Thanks in advance Mark
 

jbeletti

Well-known member
Hi Mark,

If you choose to not use an existing vent pipe as you've done in the past (I've never done so), consider this...

Take a look at where I made a red dot on this image:
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"If" there is a TV above your bedroom dresser and if there is wood trim around the TV that comes all the way down to the top of the dresser, I would likely bring my solar panel wiring down into the bedroom through the ceiling above the TV, route it down the wall, through the dresser top, behind the drawers into the toe-kick area and through an existing wiring hole going down through the floor into the utility area behind the storage bay. Then to get the wiring to the battery area, I'd route the wire down into the drop frame area, forward, then up into the battery area.

Consider going at least one wire gauge heavier than initially planned to compensate for DC voltage drop over this wire path length. Good luck!
 

travelin2

Pennsylvania Chapter Leaders-retired
JB that’s a good route to consider but if it’s like our previous 3010 and our 3270 there’s a significant gap between the TV cabinet and dresser where the cables would be exposed without something creative to cover
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I dropped mine down into the W/D closet then followed the vent pipe to under the dresser dropping down into the doorside LP compartment from there into the front genny basement to the batteries


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jbeletti

Well-known member
JB that’s a good route to consider but if it’s like our previous 3010 and our 3270 there’s a significant gap between the TV cabinet and dresser where the cables would be exposed without something creative to cover

I dropped mine down into the W/D closet then followed the vent pipe to under the dresser dropping down into the doorside LP compartment from there into the front genny basement to the batteries

Great idea Lyle. I would likely do the same but was unsure how deep the OP wanted to get into it or his capability. Some coaches (Landmarks perhaps), had the TV's boxed in and the wiring would be a bit hidden. But yeah, your routing is way more stealthy.
 

muzhunter

Member
Thanks for info!!!

Lyle, looking at PICS did you drill hole through the roof or into the pipe? I would like to pop that cap off into the pipe then out in the coach, then hopefully get cap back on.

Let me run this past you. In the PIC (my trailer) there are 2 vent pipes just behind the AC unit. In the basement storage there are 2 covered utility runs. Looks like one has ABS in it. That might be easier? Down the pipe, out then into battery compartment.

Thoughts?

Thanks again
Mark
 

travelin2

Pennsylvania Chapter Leaders-retired
Thanks for info!!!

Lyle, looking at PICS did you drill hole through the roof or into the pipe? I would like to pop that cap off into the pipe then out in the coach, then hopefully get cap back on.

Let me run this past you. In the PIC (my trailer) there are 2 vent pipes just behind the AC unit. In the basement storage there are 2 covered utility runs. Looks like one has ABS in it. That might be easier? Down the pipe, out then into battery compartment.

Thoughts?

Thanks again
Mark

Hi. I opted to drill a new hole near to but not right next to the W/D vent. You could I suppose do as you’re thinking, removing the cap.
The 2 vent pipes behind the AC come down behind the basement wall so you’ll need to get from there up to the front where the batteries are as you say. I have had the doorside utility run apart to run a piece of romex. It’s full!
My controller, breaker disconnects and inverter are mounted on the wall above my battery bank


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muzhunter

Member
Got it installed. I took the cap off the vent pipe for the washer. Ran the cable down the pipe into the trailer, out of the pipe to the floor. From there there is a bunch of wires that run into the bottom of the dresser. through the floor into the propane storage , through that into the front storage/battery compartment. pretty simple.

Thanks for your suggestions.
 

travelin2

Pennsylvania Chapter Leaders-retired
Got it installed. I took the cap off the vent pipe for the washer. Ran the cable down the pipe into the trailer, out of the pipe to the floor. From there there is a bunch of wires that run into the bottom of the dresser. through the floor into the propane storage , through that into the front storage/battery compartment. pretty simple.

Thanks for your suggestions.

Yep. That’s route my cables follow too!


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