BIG RV SOLAR & LITHIUM BATTERY SETUP **Not so DIY



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28 thoughts on “BIG RV SOLAR & LITHIUM BATTERY SETUP **Not so DIY

  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    Nice setup for a serious full time boondocker but if I were going to spend close to $10k on a system like that I would put it on my house! I also have no local RV mechanics I would trust enough to do a complex install like this. But at least I'm going to upgrade to lithium soon.

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    We have the coachman beyond class b with lithium and love it. Also has 12 volt a/c and 3,000 watt inverter. Had it about 6 months and never plugged in yet. 2 dolor panels on roof but the real charge comes from a second alternator under the hood .

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    Here you get a powerful lithium battery's for any tiny home ! @t

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    Battle Born is the ONLY !!! Company to buy your batteries and off grid supplies !!! They have the best customer service not only in the industry but with any vendor I have ever done business with.

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    A link to those battery warming pads would be awesome, unless they’re the same as the water tank ones I’m finding

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    On the battery thing…AGM lead-acid batteries don't need water added (Can't HAVE water added), and can be mounted at any angle. I've run my parent's trailer AC off my portabank (DIWhy AGM battery bank, 150Ah, 2000W inverter), for several hours during setup, before the Generator was set up.

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    When you guys were considering this, did you consider using the All-In-One Charger/Controller/Inverter units (like one of the Victron EasySolar)?

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    At 6:15 would it be better to configure a 24 volt system from the solar panels or better yet, a micro invert (or a comparable system) carrying 120 volts from the panels back into the power shack for better efficiency and safety?

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    At 3:22 you say "top level." Top level would also incorporate super caps within the solar install. At 10:17 you make my point, utilize super caps and relieve the stress off those rather expensive batteries.

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    But how much did all of it cost? You got $6,000 worth of free batteries but how much did all the other stuff and install cost? I didn't see that in the video.

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    It's about a year after this video was posted, but I've just been watching your old videos to pass the time and learn something new. My boyfriend and I just bought a 2004 Trail Cruiser 527RL Fifth wheel this spring, and have been fixing it up and learning along the way. This will be our 4th trailer. Started with a pop up, then a 32ft bumper pull, then an 18ft bumper pull, now our 28ft fifth wheel.

    Now the reason why I decided to actually comment, but the fact that I am in school for Electrical Engineering. And this video made me update my resumes to go hand out to RV places because I had never even considering using my education to work in the RV world. So thank you. I'm incredibly grateful for even making me thinking about that idea!

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    Excellent informational video! Thank you for sharing your experience!

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    Does anyone reccommend a great portable system. just bought a grand design 2500rl with external solar hook up.

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    I have been watching your videos for a couple of months now as I am considering buying a friends rd to retire in. What does a similarsystem like this cost?

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    In case you missed it, that's $6000 just for the batteries. And then they got rid of it a year later.

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    Wow- I'm impressed. A 'legitimate' , well sized system to match the needs of your family. 600AH is moderately large, but- you easily could've gone to 1,000AH without getting any argument from your viewers. 1,200 watts of solar (4 panels) is within reasonable- a system that still requires you to plan usage, without the ability to use power endlessly!
    I'm a little surprised that you didn't install the power load softening bars- usually recommended by Battle Born on larger, high draw systems like yours. Just another layer of protection against the sudden surge demand of AC's or multiple high draw hits that can occur with family use. MicroAire Easy Start's would be best on all AC's, but- money DOES matter.
    Super legit, super expensive, but VERY real world. Thank you, I'm sure that we will be hearing more about the set-up over time.

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    great vid,but the main plus wire out of the inverter which goes into a mega fuse is that only 150amp or thats what white is in the uk thanks

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    HELP! Sorry to post a support question here but out boondocking in 100 degree weather and trying to find a solution and striking out! We have a very similar setup: 4 x 100Ah LiFePO4, Victron 12V/3000VA/120A with and the same RV. I am running into an issue with pass through power when using our generator. The Victron lists 50Amp AC pass through. Before the Victron install our Onan 5500 generator would run all 3 AC units no sweat. Now when running just 2 AC units (with the Generator running) the Victron Multiplus will kick an Inverter overload error and shut down AC power. It almost seems like the AC pass through is not working and we are limited to the inverters max capacity vs genset capacity. The Inverter is showing the charger on (batteries are full so just floating, hardly any load there) and inverter off so it seems to be working in that regard our load capacity is just much lower than I know the generator can handle.

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  • November 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
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    this was an excellent explanation .. i really learned the answers to a lot of questions I had .. I wish i had this setup but the video really explained a lot for what i want to do for a truck camper with solar

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