This article is intended to be used as a guide for how to install an Inergy solar kit to the roof of your RV. For the purpose of this article, we have shown with pictures how to attach an Inergy Silver kit to an RV, however the same process would work for the Gold kit or the Bronze kit.
The first step in installing your Inergy Kit is to make sure that you have all the parts and pieces that you need. These are the pieces that come with a Silver Kit:
- K2 Solar Generator (Qty: 1)
- Solar Storm 100 Panel (Qty: 3)
- Basecamp LED Lights (Qty: 3)
- 30′ Solar Panel Cable(Qty: 1)
- 6' Solar Panel Cable (Qty: 2)
- AC Wall Charger(Qty: 1)
- Shoulder Carrying Strap
- User Guide
The only extra thing you need that is not already included in the gold, silver & bronze kits are some Z brackets to mount the panels directly to the roof. You can find the brackets here.
Each set of brackets comes with the proper hardware for 1 panel. So if you are installing a silver kit you'll need to purchase 3 sets of brackets. If you're installing a gold kit then you'll need 5 sets of brackets.
Its smart to lay out the panels on your roof where you want them to go and make sure that the cabling is long enough to reach between the panels as well as the 30' cable is long enough to reach where you want it to enter the RV; like you can see from the picture below.
On the back of the panels there are two cables. These cables are used to connect the panels to one another as well as connect the 30' solar panel cable to the generator.
Once you know where the panels are going to go on the roof
you need to decide where the 30' cable will enter through the roof and into the RV.
It’s important to choose a the place where the 30' cable will enter the RV roof carefully. If you can find an existing hole or place to run the cable into your RV, you’ll be way ahead of the game. In some RV’s there will be a natural place to run your cable through; like the picture below.
This is where the old antenna used to be and a natural entrance for the cable to be fed through.
If there isnt a natural place for the cable to be fed through, or your RV isn’t prewired for solar the most common place to feed the wire through is the roof vent for the refrigerator like you can see from the picture below.
Once you have decided where you want to place your panels and you have measured to make sure that your cabling is long enough, you’ll get your Z brackets and attach them to the roof and your panels. The Z brackets come with all the screws, washers & hardware required to properly fit them to your roof.
You first attach your Z bracket to the panel and make sure its attached well.
Once you have all the brackets attached to the panel you then attach the panel to the roof.
You attach the Z brackets to your panel first (like shown above) and then attach them to the roof after.
Our suggestion is to put some roofing self adhesive underlay underneath the z-bracket before screwing them onto the roof.
In the hole where you will drill the panels to the roof we suggest putting a dab of roofing silicone.
It will look like this when it's finished.
While this is not strictly necessary it's always best to be safe. We didn't put the adhesive plastic or the silicone on our RV the first time around and after a year or so we had some leaks so we went through and took off the panels and added the silicone and adhesive paper afterwards. It would have been much simpler to just do it right the first time.
Pro Tip: before screwing down the panels onto the roof, make sure you are able to access the wires on the back. It is a pain in the butt to try and fish the cables out after the panels are fully screwed down.
Once the panels are all attached and screwed into the roof
You run the 30' cable through the hole you have created
We put a conduit box over the hole and fed the wire through that in order to keep rain out.
Its best to put another layer of silicone around the conduit box just in case
All that is left is to drill a hole through the box to feed the cable through and you're good to go.
Voila! You're done and ready to rock and roll.
Now you can sit back and relax while you collect solar power from your roof. All you have left to do it connect your 30' cable to your K2 and you're good to go! Sit back and enjoy your new boondocking life!