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Old 10-17-2016, 06:21 PM   #1
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Solar Setup on an I- 5

I was thinking of going a little extreme on a solar solution to help with drycamping. I was wondering if you guys can help me out? I am nowhere near any type of technician.. So, here is what I dreamed up:

First a Solar Kit: GoPower Solar Extreme Charging system added to the 100W Dynamax supplies.

Second, a Inverter change: A MagnaSine 3000W 12VDC Pure Sine Hybrid Inverter Charger MSH Series

Third, Batteries: Lithium 4x GT 12V 525 Lithium Amp Hours 8DR Case Module
and an NeverDie BMS

Would this work in combination/added/subtracted?
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Old 10-17-2016, 06:23 PM   #2
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For the A/C, I would include an A/C SoftStart from MicroAair.net Micro-Air - Products

This will not create a fault with the amp pull...
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Old 10-17-2016, 09:00 PM   #3
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More panels, 480 is not enough and will only run your AC for a couple of hours. Lithium is nice for energy density but this isn't the US Government, you have to balance your energy budget.
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:27 AM   #4
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I'm in the planning stages as well for this. My current thoughts:

- 600W should run everything I need (minus the AC)

- Trying to figure out how to route the wires best in my DX3 is really my holdup (no RV fridge so the typical path isnt available)

- Not sold on Li-on. The extra usable capacity is nice, but the price and potential degredation if not cared for properly will probably drive me to stick with AGM. Might try and squeeze some more Ah out of some 6V golf cart batteries when the current ones die, but for now the 440 I've got from the factory seem to last me about 1.5 days so with solar that should be good.

- Magnum seems to have the preferred power control/monitoring products from everything I've seen thusfar

Just thought I'd share my thoughts for now. Nothing based on experience yet, just research. Looking forward to any other info that gets shared here.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:21 AM   #5
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I like the Magnum control panel better as well, so Sensata is the way to go if upgrading. We're looking that way as well.

The Xantrex is great, but I think the menu can get a bit confusing...I like the simplicity of the magnum stuff.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:36 AM   #6
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What I really like is the Hybrid is the way it switches automatically and uses both the batteries and the main, so it also contains a converter.. IIRC
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:38 AM   #7
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We run a 3000 watt inverter/charger on our DX3. The chargers are more robust than normal converter/chargers.

Come to think of it...we run an inverter/charger on the Isata 5 too...almost forgot. We do that on all our multiplex units. Just happens to be Xantrex

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Do you know if Xantrex makes a decent sized solar controller (50 or 60A) that would interface with their xanbus and the control panel already installed on the DX3?

I feel the same as you guys, their stuff is fancy and capable but complicated as hell. That said I'm stuck on whether I bunker down and learn the system since its already installed or start migrating over to magnum.
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I do not. We're actually working with our multiplex supplier to try and do the same thing with their system so it can all be controlled from the touch screen (which also means app control). Gen start and maybe solar all from one screen instead of switches everywhere.
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Oh man that'll be clean for sure

I can see my next one already. Multiplex, 4x4, off road tires hahaha
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