How to Wire Solar Panel on an Arctic Fox

by Rene Agredano ; Updated September 20, 2017

Most Arctic Fox RVs are solar-ready.

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So you've opted for solar panels on your Arctic Fox RV. After all, solar energy is efficient, sustainable and financially savvy – but before you can enjoy it, you have to install those panels.

Solar Panel-Ready

Most Arctic Fox RVs come with a connection point on the roof and wiring to facilitate installation of a solar panel. These wires terminate in the battery compartment and meet somewhere inside the trailer behind a panel usually labeled with a “Solar Ready” sticker. They will often be found coiled up in the radio compartment, with one pair going to the roof and the other going to the batteries.

Most solar power system designs include an inverter to provide AC power, but keep reading to learn the basics of wiring the solar panel and charge controller for charging the coach batteries.

Installing Solar Panels

  1. Specify a solar power system to meet your needs, factoring in how many, and what type of panels you will need as well as how much roof space you have. Remember to factor in roof space taken up by your TV antenna and other ancillary devices.

  2. Disconnect the coach batteries and unplug the trailer from shore power if connected. Then locate the pre-installed solar power connector (if present) and determine the best location for solar panels on the roof. Proper placement should allow for mounting of all brackets on an even section of roof so the panel does not bend, and it should provide for easy access around panels once mounted.

  3. Mount brackets to the panel and mark the desired positioning of the feet on the roof. The Arctic Fox roof is 1/2-inch plywood so there is no need to mount brackets directly to roof joists. Avoid placing mounting screws directly atop the seams between plywood. Next, apply a small amount of rubber roof sealant where you marked and place the panel in position. Some sealant will ooze out from under the bracket and through the mounting holes. Do not wipe it off.

  4. Secure the brackets to roof and coat all seams and screws with an ample amount of sealant. Connect the wires to solar panel using MC connectors. Optionally, MC cables with built-in connectors can be used.

  5. Route cables along the roof and secure them at least every 24 inches using the wire clips screwed to the roof and covered well with sealant. Connect the other end to the pre-installed solar power MC connector.

  6. Locate the ends of the pre-installed roof wiring behind the “Solar Ready” panel. If mounting charge controller at this location, cut a hole in the panel using jigsaw or zip tool according to the manufacturer’s mounting instructions and connect the wires as directed.

  7. Connect the wires from the controller to the coach battery using accessory terminal posts. Connect to either battery if two are present, ensuring that the polarity is correct. The positive wire (often black) will connect to the positive battery terminal, with the negative wire (often white) to the negative battery terminal.

  8. Finally, reconnect all battery terminals. The solar panel should now be charging the batteries. Confirm the status of your system by checking the charge controller’s panel or LED indicators.

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About the Author


Rene Agredano is a traveling journalist and entrepreneur based in Fort Collins, Colo. Since 1998, she has covered travel, home-and-garden, fitness, animal care and other lifestyle topics for publications such as "The Times-Standard" newspaper of northern California. Agredano holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Chapman University.