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Do you have a diagram of what you did or a more detailed explanation somewhere?
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Do you have a diagram of what you did or a more detailed explanation somewhere?
I'm slowly working on a blog post. Eventually it will be posted to http://moreysintransit.com/.

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a step by full step electrical install thread i first came across when i was still dreaming about my electrical system, it is quite long, but i think it it is a good read, i learned a lot from it. Solar Panels - Flexible vs. Rigid

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Thank you all for your input. I built and wired my house. I have no problem with the AC side. Zero experience with DC other than a general understanding. I'll work on expanding my electrical chart. Plan on mounting most everything in a shallow closet with ventilation. What do these DC breakers mount in? I could not find any single breaker panel boxes. All 3 will have different DC sources.

The batteries will be lithium--400 ah. Stored inside the van.


What is your estimated cost of your complete electrical system, cables, batteries, inverters, controllers, etc?
How much solar are you running?


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I used plastic surface mount boxes. Top left in this pqicture:

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What type of batteries are you running?

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I am a year away from retiring and havenít started the project yet. Iíve looked at a lot of RVís and keep coming back to a van. The estimated cost of the electrical is around $8,000. This setup should not require a generator or propane. With a well-insulated van running a roof top AC off of the electrical should not be a problem. Using a larger microwave should not be a problem.


Lithium batteries allow for fast charging and fast discharging plus added capacity. On a sunny day driving down the road the combined solar and alternator could charge at a peak of 90 amp per hour with no worries. The lithium batteries can be discharged more than the others. I donít have to worry about having them inside the van.



The Magnum 3000W 12VDC Pure Sine Hybrid Inverter Charger allows me to plug-in to RV camp shore power that is sketchy at best and have a pure sine wave signal for my computer at an RV park. I have a computer on a lot when I am parked. I hope I am understanding this correctly.



The solar is going to be 3 160 watt panels. Hopefully, there is enough room to get this all on the roof with the long wheelbase van. With a well-insulated van, air conditioning and 3 windows with screens, a roof top fan seems unnecessary.


Attached is the latest evolution of my electrical plan.
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What type of batteries are you running?


400 AmpHrs Lithium that we bought from AM Solar back in March 2016. They no longer sell this setup as they have replaced it with a Victron version.

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I am a year away from retiring and havenít started the project yet. Iíve looked at a lot of RVís and keep coming back to a van. The estimated cost of the electrical is around $8,000. This setup should not require a generator or propane. With a well-insulated van running a roof top AC off of the electrical should not be a problem. Using a larger microwave should not be a problem.


Lithium batteries allow for fast charging and fast discharging plus added capacity. On a sunny day driving down the road the combined solar and alternator could charge at a peak of 90 amp per hour with no worries. The lithium batteries can be discharged more than the others. I donít have to worry about having them inside the van.



The Magnum 3000W 12VDC Pure Sine Hybrid Inverter Charger allows me to plug-in to RV camp shore power that is sketchy at best and have a pure sine wave signal for my computer at an RV park. I have a computer on a lot when I am parked. I hope I am understanding this correctly.



The solar is going to be 3 160 watt panels. Hopefully, there is enough room to get this all on the roof with the long wheelbase van. With a well-insulated van, air conditioning and 3 windows with screens, a roof top fan seems unnecessary.


Attached is the latest evolution of my electrical plan.


So, with that cost in mind, I'm seriously looking into the Tesla Powerwall. $5500 apparently includes just about everything. Check it out www.tesla.com


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I don't know anything about the Powerwall. I want to install it myself so that I can fix it if something breaks down.
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The Magnum 3000W 12VDC Pure Sine Hybrid Inverter Charger allows me to plug-in to RV camp shore power that is sketchy at best and have a pure sine wave signal for my computer at an RV park. I have a computer on a lot when I am parked. I hope I am understanding this correctly.
My choice for computer use is a separate small 300W sine wave inverter just for powering computer/monitor. Large inverters have a fairly high quiescent power draw when on (not applicable when externally plugged in). So if you are just powering small stuff, a separate small inverter and separate A/C plug works well. I also do not like the sound of my MS2012 inverter fan when I am trying to sleep (it is below my bed) so it is turned off whenever it is not needed.

Even if you have a house A/C, I would still have a roof vent so that you can have some air flow when you are not in a position to run the A/C. I leave my vent open all of the time, even when parked for days on end.

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