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Electronics Upgrade On The Motorhome (Read 3117 times)
 
Jan 29th, 2018 at 7:27pm

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Been a busy couple of weeks but the work is now finished.

Started with adding 2 X 150 watt solar panels to the roof to give me 420 watts total with the original 120 watt panel. When running the new cables I added an Anderson plug inside one of the lockers so that I can attach a 120 watt portable panel. I did use a couple of the brackets that were already on the roof hence the panels looking higglety pigglety.

Starting on the inside, second photo showing how under the bed looked

I built a ply bracket to hold a 30 amp DC2DC Enerdrive Charger and a 40 amp 230 volt Enerdrive Charger

On the wall above the fridge I installed a Victron BMV700 Battery Monitor. The reason I chose the Victron is that I have had them before and understand them. In the photo you can see it putting in 17.8 amps from the solar. This was on a partially cloudy day

My testing today after running the batteries down a little bit was 22 amps going in from the solar and 27 amps from the vehicle. Very pleased with that but I need to run the batteries right down to test it fully.

I have also installed a Sirocco Fan and an additional single power point that has two USB chargers built in. The USB chargers operate off the batteries and not the mains power.

Biggest issue I had was running new cables for both chargers. I am sure Jayco install all the wiring when the vehicle is half built and put everything over the top of them. Persistence pays off however.

I did run new 8 B&S for the solar and drilling that hole in the roof was another thing. Measure 20 times, drill once. Smile

Happily I am now set up much much better than the original Jayco system for free camping.

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Reply #1 - Jan 30th, 2018 at 6:41am

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Very neat and tidy.
 

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Reply #2 - Jan 30th, 2018 at 8:23am

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You are a clever little camper arnt you  Smiley
 
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Reply #3 - Jan 30th, 2018 at 4:12pm

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Well thought out & the installation is neat tidy & may I say professional looking.
I am looking at installing a diesel heater in our van so hence my inquiry. Is there enough draft/ventilation other than the cable inlets on either side for the diesel heater allowing for radiant heat from the heater itself as well as the other electronics?
Cheers  Wayne    Smiley
 
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Reply #4 - Jan 30th, 2018 at 4:21pm

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Wayne.  Here is a photo from the outside.  There is about a 3 inch gap at the top on both sides of the bed.
 

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Reply #5 - Jan 30th, 2018 at 4:23pm

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In this photo I have circled in red where those gaps are
 

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Reply #6 - Jan 31st, 2018 at 4:11pm

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Another addition today is an Acurite Digital Fridge/Freezer Thermometer.

Now I can see what is happening in the fridge without opening the doors.
 

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You can never have to much solar Derek, as for how they look on the roof who is going to see them. Smiley
 
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Reply #8 - Feb 12th, 2018 at 8:34am

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My neighbor took that photo with his drone and yep you gotta be high to see them.
 

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Derek did you use Sikaflex or Silicone to fix your panels? Did you also use screws?
 

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