Solar, Inverter and Battery Upgrade
Thought I would share my Solar, Inverter and Battery Upgrade. I added (2) 100ah Battle Born Batteries, a Victron Multiplus charger/inverter unit, 290w solar panel and solar charge controller. This should put keep our family of 3 fully self contained for a week or better in most conditions. I carry a Honda 2000 genny to charge things up if it's cloudy or shady for too long. It will easily allow me to power everything overnight, in freezing conditions (like at hunting camp) without running the genny. There are several really cool features with the Victron Multiplus charger/inverter. 1. It's a great charger for the lithium batteries. 2. It powers the entire 120v side of the camper from batteries, so I can use the microwave, make a pot of coffee, plug in my laptop etc. 3. There is a hybrid feature that can limit the incoming shore power if I'm only plugged into a 15amp outlet for example and take additional power from the batteries simultaneously if needed.
It's an expensive system, but I picked up the Victron on eBay for a decent price and I had a leftover solar module (panel) from my house. With a quality solar charge controller, you don't need an RV specific solar module. The OEM wiring for the solar pre-wire was 10awg and that was enough. It save a bunch of time not having to run wires for solar. I just mounted the solar panel to the factory roof rack and plugged it in.
I moved the whole system to the back of the camper by the breaker panel, including the batteries. I needed to get a little weight off my tongue anyway. Since they are lithium batteries, there is no worries about off-gassing or need for ventilation.
You can see I moved and rebuilt the wall panels in the rear storage hatch.
I didn't follow my schematic exactly, but it's pretty close.
I've only used the system for a couple nights so far, but I'll be taking it to hunting camp this weekend and it supposed to be cold, snowy and rainy. So it should get a good test.
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