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Thank you. That is what I wanted to hear.
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I used plastic surface mount boxes.
That looks very nice and neat. Which breakers did you use? Where do you buy the panels and boxes that you used? (part #? url?) I was at Home Depot yesterday and couldn't figure out what I'd mount a single 15A AC breaker in.

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That looks very nice and neat. Which breakers did you use? Where do you buy the panels and boxes that you used? (part #? url?) I was at Home Depot yesterday and couldn't figure out what I'd mount a single 15A AC breaker in.


Plastic boxes can be found in the electrical aisle of Home Depot. I just drilled out a hole for the Blue Sea breakers. The breakers I got from amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...c7709248967d13

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I machined a custom standard sized wall plate cover to hold a Blue-sea 2 pole main AC breaker. I can easily run some more if that helps. It's made out of ABS plastic and located in the lower right corner of the panel below. The box is behind the overall panel but the the plate can be mounted directly to a box as well.


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One way to mount the Blue Sea breakers is to use a 1/8" aluminum plate.

See 3rd. picture in attachment:

http://www.ortontransit.info/electric.php

Back side of breakers are not enclosed.

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Plastic boxes can be found in the electrical aisle of Home Depot. I just drilled out a hole for the Blue Sea breakers. The breakers I got from amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...c7709248967d13
I see. I'm such a newbie. I didn't realize the breakers would be attached to the front panel; I pictured them being fastened by something inside the box. I guess you also drilled holes in the sides for the boxes for cable entry and exit?

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I see. I'm such a newbie. I didn't realize the breakers would be attached to the front panel; I pictured them being fastened by something inside the box. I guess you also drilled holes in the sides for the boxes for cable entry and exit?


The boxes already come with side holes. You can choose between 1, 2, 3, or 4 holes.
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Did not use boxes at all. Breakers just attached to the aluminum plate. Open in back for wiring. My location is enclosed in a cabinet and is not accessible to people.

The first breaker on the left is DC between the single solar panel and the controller. Second breaker is between the controller and the positive bus. Third breaker is between the positive bus and the Blue Sea DC fuse block. Fourth breaker is a two pole between the house inverter and the string of duplex receptacles.
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Just a reminder regarding preferred practice when implementing a permanent shore power system. If shore power is brought into the van then a main breaker should be used as close as possible to the entry point. If there is an inverter feeding outlets or hardwired AC loads then that AC output should first go into another breaker panel with a main and individual breakers for each circuit. Its also helpful to gain an understanding of neutral bonding and how that needs to be handled when the are multiple AC sources. (shore power, inverter, generator)
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