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#11 Texota

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 05:41 PM

Hey everyone, I received a PM from @Old Crow a bit ago asking me for an update so here it is!

 

The cold weather came early this past winter here in eastern South Dakota, so I have had the camper off my truck since sometime around the end of October. To store the LifePo4 I let the fridge run for a day with the solar disconnected in order for the battery to drain a bit and then simply unplugged it and brought it into the house for storage for the winter. Not sure if that was necessary but I feel better about it  :lol:

 

Over the last summer the charging system performed exactly as expected. I did not have any hiccups or gremlins with the system. With our style of travel I find that the solar is mostly underutilized as we drive around quite often and the Redarc charges the battery up very quickly with the truck running. The times we have stayed in place for a couple of days there were no close calls for running out of battery. It's been a while but I believe under max camper load on a cold night with heater, fridge, and fan going we use approximately 45ah from 5pm-9am or so. 

 

We only managed a couple long trips last year. We drove around the Michigan Upper Peninsula which was a fantastic trip. We traveled from place to place each day. We also went on a trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park which was really neat as well. This trip also had a lot of driving each day.

 

There were also many short random weekend/night trips to the many state parks that are abundant throughout South Dakota and Minnesota. We never utilize shore power on any of our trips.

 

That's my update for now. I know it's not a lot of technical information, but I have also not had to worry about the system much at all. It just works. I love being able to check in on it through the Victron app on my phone whenever I feel like. The snow is starting to melt and it feels like spring is coming soon and we are getting antsy to get the camper back on the truck and get out more this year!


Edited by Texota, 22 February 2020 - 05:45 PM.

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#12 plug ugly

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 02:05 AM

how did you wire from the truck battery to the interior DC-Dc charger?  Did you use some sort of plug or do you hard wire it everytime you put the camper in?

 

Id like to do a sorta similar set up, but have the dc-dc mounted on the tow vehicle to allow use for slide in and bumper pull.


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#13 Vic Harder

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 04:04 AM

how did you wire from the truck battery to the interior DC-Dc charger?  Did you use some sort of plug or do you hard wire it everytime you put the camper in?

 

Id like to do a sorta similar set up, but have the dc-dc mounted on the tow vehicle to allow use for slide in and bumper pull.

Not sure how Texota did it, but I ran 2AWG welding cable through a 100A BlueSea breaker to an Anderson PowerPole connector in the truck bed and more 2AWG to another breaker, to my DC-DC converter, through the Victron BMV's shunt and to the camper LiFePo4 batteries.

 

https://www.amazon.c...04981023&sr=8-1


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Posted 10 November 2020 - 05:05 PM

Not sure how Texota did it, but I ran 2AWG welding cable through a 100A BlueSea breaker to an Anderson PowerPole connector in the truck bed and more 2AWG to another breaker, to my DC-DC converter, through the Victron BMV's shunt and to the camper LiFePo4 batteries.

 

https://www.amazon.c...04981023&sr=8-1

did you mount the  converter in the cab or engine bay?

thanks.


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#15 ntsqd

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 02:42 PM

I would put the DC-DC converter in the camper near the battery(ies). That way all of the losses have happened before it rather than after it.


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#16 Vic Harder

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 10:51 PM

did you mount the  converter in the cab or engine bay?

thanks.

+1 to what Thom said.  Mine is about 2' away from the camper batteries.


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