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Solar Panels

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this is the roof-mounted 160 watt solar
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panel made by overland solar it’s an
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option it’s good option if you’re buying
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a compressor refrigerator or two-way
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compressor front this basic overview of
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the roof vent up here over the cab over
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bed vent over here in the kitchen you
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can get a fan here you can get a fan
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here you can get two fans you can get no
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fans one piece aluminum skin roof this
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customer also got Yakima tracks here so
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they can add roof racks later if they
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desire we put the mounting clips for the
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towers in the tracks already so it’s
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easy to install cross bars and towers
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but for the solar system will cover the
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controller on the inside and portable
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solar panel on the rest of the video but
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this is the 160 watt roof mounted option
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tied into the tracks wired into the
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solar controller in the kitchen cabinets
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and then ends up hooked up to the camper
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batteries so when you get your four
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wheel camper this is the this is how
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it’s going to be set and this is what
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you’re gonna see the biggest part of the
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status functions is the up and down
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button that’s gonna scroll you through
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the different functions and once you set
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it on something it’s just gonna stay on
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that so you just want to know voltage
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you can keep it on voltage which is
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generally what I keep mine on but you
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hit the but any button once and you’re
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going to hit the backlight so that’ll be
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on for two minutes and you can edit that
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and we’ll explain that later so right
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now it’s showing battery amps so this is
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amps – battery right here it says
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battery you know it’s just it’s talking
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about what’s happening at the battery so
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4.1 or 4 amps going into the battery
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right now
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okay battery voltage the voltage is at
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14 volts this is what I keep my camper
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on I think this is the most important
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number that I kind of keep an eye on I
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want to know that the voltages is
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correct so you might just want to leave
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it in voltage and give you the peace of
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mind next now we have load functions
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load is not used in this situation but
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there are load terminals in the
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controller if you’re interested in
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adding things to a load and again load
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on amps okay and this will be the first
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one it’s 55 watts it’s telling you how
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many watts are coming from the panel and
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again PV so panel voltage that tells you
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what it’s reading we’re done
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that’s your voltage coming from the
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panel panel voltage twenty six point six
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or so voltage coming from the panel down
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to the charge controller this is your
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daily history there’s zero because we
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just set this up and connect it to a
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battery but as you go through you know a
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few days it’ll start giving you that
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history this tells you again the PV is
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gone now we’re in battery so it’s
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telling you what’s happening the battery
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this is the mode it’s in right now it’s
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in book mode that the battery would just
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connect it to is pretty under charged so
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bulk mode is the first of the three
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stages that it’s going into to rapidly
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charge the battery and then back down to
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battery in Ames so that’s the basics of
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what you’re actually going to look at
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okay so we’re in the status mode now
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we’re gonna get into the programming
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mode and so for some of us that gets
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real exciting for most of you go enjoy
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your beer and your four wheel camper and
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do what you went out to do but if you do
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want to make changes our control system
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is you can tune this to all kinds of
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specs if you get a new battery I’ll say
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some lithium battery that wants a 14
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plus volt charge you can do that easily
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here so we’re gonna hold setup button
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for a couple cents seconds alright so
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we’re in a lock setup you can’t do
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anything until you unlock it so we’re
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gonna just like that and actually have
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it off because we were doing this but
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it’ll be in the unmowed so click it off
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hit select
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go we’re off back to set up all right so
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now you’re in so there are 23 parameters
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here that you can go through and we’ll
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just kind of quickly go through a couple
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of them battery voltage this kit is a
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either a 12 or 24 volt system mostly
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you’re in a 12 volt system but if for
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some reason you wanted to go to a 24 you
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could set it yourself but it also will
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know if you have a 24 volt system at
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factory settings and it will
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automatically just change to the 24 volt
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system the maximum charging current
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which is 15 amps you can change that
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let’s go into bulk we just talked about
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changing the bulk current so we want to
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unlock that say I’m in the winter time I
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want to get bulk for more than 6 hours
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you can change that right here
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say you want 7 or 8 hours you want that
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battery to be in the bulk state longer
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to get as much of the Sun as possible
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before it goes into the absorption it
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starts trickling down to the float
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charge so easily done right there
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absorption time limit it’s the same as
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the bulk absorption voltage you can
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change that now it’s important before
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you start doing any of this stuff to
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check your manufacture for the battery
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manufacturer specifications and don’t
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deviate from that you can damage a
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battery really quickly if you tried to
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overdo it so just know what you’re
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trying to do say you’re going to trojan
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t105 and you want to be at 13 point 5
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volts float you can do that since that’s
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one set for 13 point 6 so again you can
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fine tune a lot of a lot of these things
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but that’s that’s the basics you can go
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through 23 it’s self-explanatory once
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you get on the screen there I did want
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to show one other thing for backlight on
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the display let’s go down again I got a
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I got a take the lock off select so I’m
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safe I’m gonna go back let’s go down
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2:15 all right so here’s your back light
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so we’re set at 5 so you can change that
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for your intensity so if you can see
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we’re getting dimmer if you like it nice
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and bright you can do that here so if
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it’s too bright for you just go into
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this section and let’s make it 4 saved
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it number 4 if for some reason you want
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to have the back light always on I think
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that’s it 16 you can change it right
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here again up and down always on hit
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saved
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hit back back so your back light will
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always be on but again it’s set for
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leave about 2 minutes and then it’s
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going to shut down so again the amp you
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treat the MPPT display it can allow you
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to program all kinds of things keep it
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at the settings watch your voltage and
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enjoy your 4 wheel camper part of solar
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systems with the four wheel pop-up
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campers we have an option for portable
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solar panels if you need more power than
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the 160 roof most customers order the
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roof-mounted panel standard they’ll
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order that first and down the road if
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they need more power they’ll go with a
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portable solar panel whether it’s a
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briefcase style or a flexible panel this
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is a 160 watt by solar company this will
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flip out you can set it on the side of
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your truck bed you can set it on the
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ground comes with about a 15-foot lead
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this brand is called overland solar and
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the connection is at the end of it here
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will plug into the back of your camper
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here just plugs right in if you have a
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roof-mounted solar panel you’ll already
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have a charge controller built inside if
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you don’t have a solar system by 4 wheel
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campers you’re going to want to make
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sure that your portable panel
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has a built-in controller or that you
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put a charge controller inside the
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camper but as an option you can buy this
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panel in 120 watts you can buy this in a
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smaller size at 60 watts we can hook
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everything up for you or you can go shop
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on your own for a different brand of
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components because the campers do come
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standard pre-wired so this plug here is
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standard and the plug on the roof is
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standard the wires go inside they
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terminate inside the kitchen cabinets
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and then they move on to the battery box
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it’s just pre-wired it’s not hooked up
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it’s not set up it’s a do-it-yourself
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kit so you’re gonna have to finish
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putting your charge controller in
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hooking those wires up hooking the wires
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up to the battery put in an inline fuse
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so it’s wired to make it easier for a
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self install but if you buy these from
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4-wheel campers
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we’re gonna set it up so your wiring
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hooked up your solar controllers hooked
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up your panel on the top hooked up and
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it’s turnkey ready to go
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you

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