Help installing Solar Panel - Globescout

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  1. Johnsonar

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    Hello,

    I am new to the site but not to the motorhome life! I have recently taken the plunge to install a solar panel on the roof of my 2009 LHD Globescout (Citroen Jumper) and just want to know if there is anyone out there who has done the same or on an equivalent vehicle.

    Basically I would like to know the best routing to bring the panel cable into the van. I intend to fit the control unit under the rear seats if possible.

    Thanks very much
     
  2. chrisboyo

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    I have just fitted a solar panal to my Sussex duo. It took me longer to work out where to put the wiring than to fit it .
    Take your time and you will work it out .
    Fitting the control unit under the rear seat may not be a good idea as it is good to have a look now and again to check the state of charge
    I got all the bits for my 100 amp panal from eBay total cost. £140
    Best of luck
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  3. aba

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    looking at some pictures of the globescout i would look at coming into the cupboard above the fridge from the roof then route from there.
     
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    Hi
    I previousely had a panel van and fitted a automatic satellite, I found the best route into the van was via the rear doors,take of the inside panel and the top section of the door is single skinned.
    I then drilled a hole large enough to take an electrical rubber grommet then fed the cable through and into one of the upper cupboards,leaving enough slack on the cable should I need to open the door,hope that helps.:thumb:
     
  5. Vlad The Impaler

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    Hi Johnsonar I had one of the old status flying saucer type aerials ,and it was as much use as a fart in a parfmeri I removed this and put a blanking plate on the roof which was above the wardrobe. I then found a local and very helpfull FUNSTER who I assisted in fitting my panels
    We fitted the pannels on the roof and routed the cables through the blank and hid the solar controller in the wardrobe,we then went under the seats to the leisure batteries.
    Hope this helps Vlad .
     
  6. Johnsonar

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    Thanks for the replies.

    As far as fitting the control unit under the seat it is the only place to take the battery connections from as the mains charger is under there. There is also a remote display unit so its ok.

    I have looked at the rear panel option and coming in above the fridge but its not so easy to get the cable back to the controller. I was hoping to come in down the bulkhead covers but that seems like a no go as well.

    Maybe I will look at the Vlad's option again tomorrow. If the snow stops!!
     
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    Never went near the mains charger !!!
    Solar panel
    Solar controller
    Leisure batteries.
     
  8. Johnsonar

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    No. Thats just where the feeds from the batteries are. I have a dual controller for the panel and I can tap in there to feed the leisure and cab batteries. Its also out of the way under there.

    Thanks
     
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    Then go for it,
    I bought 2 110 amp batts and 2 90 wat solar pannels off eBay, a solar controller,then I found a friendly FUNSTER to show me how to fit them.
    Never had to be on hook up since, saves money on campsites and opens up the door to wild camping opportunities .
    By the way the same equipment fitted by a "A PROFESSIONAL INSTALLER" would have cost £600 ish more!
     
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    Hi,

    installed mine last year; 100 W panel, regulator etc. Quite an easy straight forward job for any one who is a basic DIYer. Routing the cables is the most problematic and just requires careful thought.

    I came down early with the cables (less on the roof) but in hindsight, I think the more cable you have on the roof the easier. Running cables under the van is not easy and I feel more prone to damage. The stickyback cable tie blocks and cable ties are very good and cheap so you can overuse for safety if you wish. If you re unable to find a suitable down run then the white plastic trunking would do the job; not ideal but if is a last resort.

    J
     
  11. Johnsonar

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    Thanks all. I will start looking at it over this weekend. Like everyone says bringing the cable in seems to be the most difficult issue and I was just hoping someone had the sam layout van that had already installed one.

    Vlad I was given two quotes from so called professionals. One was £620 and one was close to £800! I picked up a better panel than what they were offering, dual controller and all the parts for £240. That has to be worth trying to instal it myself :Smile:
     
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    why not fit a socket on the side of the van low down and leave the cables coiled up on the roof whilst travelling and plug them in when on site/parked up.

    the D shaped self adhesive conduit can be a way of getting from up top to down bottom and can be painted the same colour as the van before fixing on, that way it just looks like it has always been fitted and is meant to be there the best place for that idea is at the side of the fridge vents.

    incidentally i have a satellite cable and a tv aerial cable run this way to the external input point on the side of the van ( as i didn't want holes in the roof ).
     
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    I fitted mine last year and took the cable's down a 10mm hole in the roof into the back of one of my side cabinets, the cable then runs along the back of the cabinets to the front of the van and down to my battery under the drivers seat:thumb:


    When I had finished mucking around with the cables, I sealed the hole with sikaflex and finished it off with a cable entry gland (don't forget to put that on the cable's first:Doh:) There is no need to be afraid to drill holes as long as its done right.:thumb:

    Current thinking seems to be that the controller is best to be as close to the battery as poss:thumb:
     
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    Just an update to say that I wired the leisure and cab batteries up today and fitted the controller. I brought the main cable in at the front of the roof above the passenger seat (LHD) and run the cable across the small storage above the front seats and down the bulkhead cover to under the rear seats. Turned out really well.

    Will fit the panel tomorrow and hope for the best :BigGrin:

    Thanks for all the advice and help.
     
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    How did it go? is it working ok?:thumb:
     
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    Johnsonar.......................

    Looks like you'll have to cough up a tenner soon :Eek!:

    :Smile:
     
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    Fitted a solar panel to my Jazz, Peugeot Boxer, last year and in the process, because of the roof construction, had to look at a number of aspects when considering which panel and how it should be fitted.
    Because the roof is ribbed, and I didn't want to screw any fixings into the roof, I had to source a panel of suitable dimensions and select supports which would provide adequate area for gluing.
    As afr as connections, Swift had kindly provided a connection point to the installed PSU in the roof of the wardrobe. All I had to do was drill a hole and provide suitable protection to the cable entry.
    If I can find out how I will attach a photo of the finished item. Also if you let me have your e-mail add. I will send you the draft of the article I prepared for publication.
     

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    New to this, Just found page 2!. Looks like you've fitted it already.
     
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