Keystone RV Company is recalling certain 2020 Cougar 22MLS, 22RBS, 25RDS, 26RBS, 26RKS, 27RES, 29BHS, 30RKD, 31MBS, 32RLI and 34TSB recreational trailers equipped with a Solar Prep or an off-the-grid “OTG” Solar Camping Package. The Solar Prep wiring to the 12VDC breakers located by the battery may not be connected to the protected side of the breaker.
Since it is not connected properly to the breaker, if the Solar Prep wiring experiences an electrical short, it will increase the risk of a fire.
Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the installation of the Solar Prep wiring at the circuit breaker mounted close to the battery and remount the wiring if needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 12, 2021. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 21-392.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).
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Apparently in the 2019 models, Keystone connected the “solar prep” to no breakers at all. In our Passport, the wires run directly from the “solar prep” plug to the battery terminals. That’s the entire “solar prep”. We bought it new, so I know that’s how it was delivered from the factory.
If we buy a new trailer (not really likely, but just in case), I’ll go to a solar installer in Quartzsite that has done work for me before and I totally trust. I DON’T trust the trailer mfg’s to do it right.