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Individual Products

We are happy to discuss your particular requirements over the phone.  We can provide advice regarding all the components required for installation.

Each product comes with installation instructions.   If you require assistance you can call our help desk.

We also have authorised installers that can undertake the installation if you prefer. 

General guidelines

Installation is generally straightforward, although knowing where to locate the equipment or run cables can sometimes be a challenge due to space limitations.

Prior to the commencement of installation, to ensure your personal safety and the safety of the equipment, the installation instructions supplied with products and the panels should be read through in their entirety.

PV Solar Panels:

Determination of the location and orientation of the panel(s) will in most instances be straightforward. Avoidance of shadowing from objects on the roof is paramount and minimising the cable length is also essential.

Attachment of the panel to the roof is via an MS polymer or polyurethane adhesive sealant. We recommend FixTech Fix15 as it is UV resistant and non-yellowing. At the bottom of this page there is a brief installation description with photos.

Cables:

We can provide the necessary cable for the installation. You just need to determine the location of all equipment items and cable runs before placing an order.

The space behind the fridge is often the best place to run the cables from the roof to the solar controller.  The cable distance between the solar controller and the battery should be kept to a maximum 2m; otherwise the efficiency of the battery charging will reduce.​​

​​The cable distance between the battery and inverter should also be minimised, less than 1 metre is ideal.  Again, increasing distance leads to losses in the cable and thereby reducing the real usable capacity of battery.

Equipment location:

Care needs to be observed if equipment is installed behind external grills because washing the RV with a hose could lead to water being sprayed into equipment.

Batteries are best located over the axle due to their weight.

​Solar charge controllers/regulators are best positioned as close to the battery as possible.

The inverter should be mounted in a dry area with adequate ventilation, and as close to the batteries as possible to minimize the voltage drop from the batteries to the inverter.   If you are connecting to existing lead acid batteries they should be located in a separate area as flooded, wet, vented cell lead acid batteries can produce flammable hydrogen gas when being charged and switching on the inverter could cause a spark and even an explosion.

Commissioning sequence (i.e. connecting up sequence):

Installation and commissioning (i.e. connecting up sequence) in the RV must follow a logical order of installing each item of equipment and connecting the cables, but leaving the fuses removed until the commissioning phase.

Installation of equipment connected to mains voltages and isolation and protective devices must be installed and commissioned by a licensed electrician.

A brief summary of the commissioning sequence is:

1. Connect the solar controller to the battery and check solar controller status

2. Connect the solar controller to the solar panels then remove the protective cover from the panels

3. Check the solar controller status and the battery monitor

4. Connect the loads to the battery and check operation

5. If using an inverter: Connect the inverter to the batteries. Check inverter status, battery status, mains status and operation of the system running various loads

Kits

When you buy a DIY kit from us you receive everything you need for installation.  We provide complete installation instructions and diagrams.  

Installing solar power products into caravans, boats and other RVs

STEP 5:

​Allow the sealant to cure (dry and set)

NOTE: 3M VHB tape can be used as an alternative adhesive

STEP 6:

​Carefully remove transportation plastic covering

STEP 4:

​Place sealant around the edges of the panel.

The sealant must go all the way up the edge of the panel to ensure the laminated panel edge does not deteriorate.

STEP 3:

​Put the panel in place and secure the corners using a screw or use a weight.

STEP 1:                 

Clean and degrease the surface.

STEP 2: ​​                

Place adhesive onto panel surface OR onto van surface.

Installing semi-flexible Monocrystalline PV solar panels

This is a brief overview of how to install our semi-flexible Monocrystalline PV Solar Panels and is not intended as an instruction manual.   It is intended to give you a brief outline so you can determine whether you wish to install the panels yourself or use an installer.

Installation should not be based on this information alone.  

Instructions are provided with your purchase.

Mark the position where panel(s) will be located.

IMPORTANT

The information provided on this page is a brief summary. It is intended to give prospective customers an overview of the installation process prior to purchase and help them decide whether to tackle the work themselves or get it installed by a professional. It is NOT intended as an instruction manual and installation should not be based on this information alone.