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Reply #350 - Jun 6th, 2021 at 11:19am

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I have always had a fridge in the Nissan, but with using the camper I have used it more as a freezer/fridge. It is handy in the Nissan but I think it would be better to have it in the camper where it is easier to access when wanted.

So, I have decided to move it into the camper front storage area, along with the solar panels I had on the Nissan roof rack.
I have been slowly removing weight from the Nissan, as the Nissan weight when loaded with fuel and ball weight was Marginal.

I won’t be needing the solar on the Nissan anyhow now as I don’t have the fridge in it, and the extra 100w should help run the extra fridge on the camper batteries anyhow.

I had to lift the fridge draw runners to clear the door frame so I decided to make a 100mm high frame to sit the runners on.
I can fit under the fridge my water hose, air hose plus the bag of cables I have for my portable solar if I ever need to use them.

The solar panels should be easy to do as I already have the wiring running to the roof of the front storage area.
 
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Reply #351 - Jun 6th, 2021 at 12:23pm

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It fitted in nicely for sure.
 

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Reply #352 - Jun 7th, 2021 at 7:12am

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It fitted in well.
When I was building in the front storage area, I had considered fitting in the fridge in there, but never did it until now.
I will put a filter and a fan outlet into the side door for ventilation. This will work of the same system as the main fridge vent.
 
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Reply #353 - Jun 7th, 2021 at 3:52pm

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John, are you using MC4 connectors for your solar panels??  If so have you seen any rust/moisture in them??

Saw a post on a forum the other day where someone was complaining that the connectors inside the MC4 have rusted out.

Have never had a problem with mine but will climb up and pull them all apart when I get home to check.

I remember when I put mine all together I thought the waterproofing was quite good.
 

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Reply #354 - Jun 7th, 2021 at 9:10pm

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Yes, I am using MC4 connectors, and yes I have seen them rust. I have a panel I had on the shed just charging spare batteries that gave me trouble with rust.
I have been using dielectric grease in my plugs for some time now though and have had no trouble with them since using it.
https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/permatex-permatex-dielectric-grease-.33-oz/3...
 
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Thanks for that John.  I am still getting what looks like the same input from the solar as when I installed it and the motorhome is never garaged so subject to weather but worth checking out now I know.
 

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I have fitted the last of the charging and battery up grades with the fitting of a Victron smart shunt. This unit is stand alone as it does not have any display options other than using blue tooth.
It was easy to fit into my system as I already had a buzz bar for all of my negative wires.
Once fitted it is now only a few steps to get the settings right.
It also has networked it self to the solar regulator to help with management of the system.
I have recently bought a small slow cooker, thanks Derek. Smiley This has a draw of 150w, so I used it to do a test on how things are working.
I ran it on high for around three hours, drawing around the 150w of power using the inverter for power. It said when I finished the test, I used 33Ah in that time.
I also had no solar or chargers running in that time.
 
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