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Old 05-21-2016, 07:13 PM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 50
13 sunseeker 3010 mods & solar

Our FR dealer opened a new sales and service facility about 20mi up the road and moved the FR lines and a couple others out of the main facility so they could bring in some other lines/ brands that do not play well with FR.

I went to check out the new digs and did a tour of the 16/ 17 models. The new 3010 had a flip up TV and a shelf behind instead of a solid panel with no access behind and a swing out TV in the BR.

I had them order a flip up mount for the main TV, a tall/ long rh inside door grab handle. DW is 5'1" and some times needs an xtra up to make the first step.

I also am in the middle of installing 200w solar charge system. Panels are mounted and wired into the cabinet be hind the TV I will be mounting and wiring charge controller next week.

TV is finished along with all inputs from DVD. VHS player, computer, x box + more. I also rewired the 12vdc to the tv to get rid of the plastic fuse holder that gets hot and melts, replaced with an inline blade fuse holder and installed a inline on off switch on both TV's . TV's are on all the time causing a big parasitic load on batteries.
Behind the flip up TV I made 2- 6" deep shelves for a pantry.
The BR TV now swings out for easy acess to storage area. I have flat bead trim ordered to frame out the TV door frame.
Last pic is what was behind the fixed panel the TV was mounted too.
I have already converted the 30A electrical to 50 amp. Wired in and installed a 2nd 15k Coleman A/C heat pump, makes half the noise of the Dometic. At 120+ in the shade here in the desert; one A/C does not cut it!! Do not have to turn TV volume up to max while watching TV when only 1 A/C is needed, the Coleman A/C. Installed 3 Fantastic fans in BR, Bath, Kitchen with weather covers.
Thinking of what to do next.

Window awnings???
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Old 06-11-2016, 10:49 PM   #2
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Looks great .... are you able to run the A/C off the solar or would we need to still run Gen. or have shore power?

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Old 06-12-2016, 11:06 PM   #3
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This set up is only to keep the batteries charged from 12vdc loads only. Refrig on gas, tv's, fans, furnace, lighting, water pump. I turned on all 12vdc loads and ran them, including 3 fantastic fans on high, from 1600hrs until 0100hrs. At that time the batteries were down to 12.4 vdc. It was about 55f outside and had the thermostat set to 85f with the fantastic fans pulling ambient air in windows to keep furnace cycling untill 0700. The solar system was putting out 13v @ 3.5a by 0730hrs. 14.6v@ 14a by 0930 with the batteries topped off and floating at 14.2v@2.5a by 1100hrs.
The cost of this system is about the cost of one set of batteries. My battery life has averaged 2.5 yrs because of a lot of boon-docking, sitting without an umbilical cord and me ( on job sites not able to go to rv site and run the genny to keep batteries charged. Now the batteries will always be topped off, I do not need an umbilical cord or charge them with the gen. This should at least double the life of the AGM batteries thus paying it's way in 1 more year on the current 2yr old battery pack.
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