I recently bought an 2012 FWC Eagle which has very few accessories. The plan is to add a 65L Truckfridge to replace icebox, a Propex 2000 Heater and solar. At present there is what appears to be an original single AGM Batt. with a Surepower separator. Also has an Iota DLS-30 charger/converter.
I do not intend to bring a generator or hook up to shore power when on the road. I realize that the charger is wholly inadequate and have a variable output charger for home.
I have ordered the fridge and Propex (from Westy) and just received a Victron BMV712 battery monitor.
The FWC is mounted on a 2014 Tacoma which is a good combo so far. I had previously installed an auxiliary battery(flooded)in the engine compartment which is charged through a Blue Sea ML-ACR switch with remote, and 4awg wire run to bed and connected to the camper. I would prefer to not change the underhood stuff.
I want to install a single quality flexible solar panel, (no holes, lightweight) 150w+ and either flooded golf carts or AGMs along with an MPPT controller.
I am waiting to buy and install the batteries and solar until I get the stuff I bought in.
I have a few questions and welcome any comments about this. Will post pics as I go.
I have read HandyBob's solar blog and believe him.
1. Does anyone have an opinion about whether or how the Blue Sea unit will affect charging of the camper batt bank when driving?
2. Should ALL four batteries including the two engine compartment batteries be of the same type?
3. How will the solar charging affect the aux battery in the engine compartment?
4. Should I run a separate 30amp circuit to the camper and bypass the entire aux. batt setup?
5. Any thoughts on the solar plan? esp flexible panel..
Thanks WTW crew!!