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Old 09-03-2018, 08:39 PM   #11
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Will carrying a bunch of uninstalled equipment across the Canadian border be a problem?
I'm thinking not, I'll have a inventory with receipts, so they can verify I did not leave anything in Canada on the far end if they choose.
I have always been treated very kindly by the Canadians at the borders and not so well by the Yankees.

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Amazon has lockers all over the country, and they ship fast.

If you have not yet created an electrical design thread, I suggest you do so. You will need a budget of your energy consumers, and usage case. From there you can start specifying components. Lithium batteries have specific concerns with cold temps, and will be damaged in very cold sub zero weather, as well as damaged by charging below around 40F. This is not something that can be thrown together haphazardly.
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Old 09-04-2018, 03:10 AM   #13
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Amazon has lockers all over the country, and they ship fast.

If you have not yet created an electrical design thread, I suggest you do so. You will need a budget of your energy consumers, and usage case. From there you can start specifying components. Lithium batteries have specific concerns with cold temps, and will be damaged in very cold sub zero weather, as well as damaged by charging below around 40F. This is not something that can be thrown together haphazardly.
The freight prices to Fairbanks are really rough and I hope to pick up some of the heavier, bulkier items to get away from big freight bills.

The batteries and domestic water will be inside of the heated van.
In the winter, I will keep the water drained and batteries stored in the shop except when making a winter trip, and they will be kept warm during that time.

As far as the electrical design goes, I don't have the knowledge to even begin to design it, so I will be enlisting someone versed in that field to guide me.
This system will not be "thrown together haphazardly", too much at stake.
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Old 09-04-2018, 03:25 AM   #14
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Talk to AM solar. They can and will get you dialed in for a solar system, batteries and probably have some advice on other aspects of the electrical system.
You can get good AGM batteries and Victron makes products that integrate well with each other.
They could do the solar install as well.

Would a marine electrician be a viable reasource for the electrical in Alaska?
Boat and van aren’t super different.

Paying shipping sucks....even more so when you are essentially driving your very own (empty) fedex truck to Alaska. Load that thing up!

If you are using any sheet goods (plywood) in your build, might as well grab that too. Sell whatever you don’t use in Alaska.

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Talk to AM solar. They can and will get you dialed in for a solar system, batteries and probably have some advice on other aspects of the electrical system.
You can get good AGM batteries and Victron makes products that integrate well with each other.
They could do the solar install as well.

Would a marine electrician be a viable reasource for the electrical in Alaska?
Boat and van arenít super different.

Paying shipping sucks....even more so when you are essentially driving your very own (empty) fedex truck to Alaska. Load that thing up!

If you are using any sheet goods (plywood) in your build, might as well grab that too. Sell whatever you donít use in Alaska.
Onefin,
So far on my visit list are:
Battle born in Reno
Rixens in Sandy
AM solar in Springfield
Sprinter store in Tualatin
Motion windows in Vancouver
Perfect fit upholstery in Tukwila
Panther RV in Washougal

Fairbanks is 360 miles from the coast, so it would tough to use a marine electrician, but there is a outfit here in Fairbanks that builds a lot of solar systems for bush clients that may be of help.

That is a great thought about sheet goods, I am a little concerned about rattling up the road in a empty one ton.(Wife on board)
I'm planning on sheathing everything with marine ply and making the cabinets stitch and glue.
I could load up enough to build my next boat too.
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BB makes a nice LiFe battery.

That being said, it is difficult to recommend using LiFe in a place like Fairbanks, AK due to temperature effects.

A more correct battery for your intended use is a Lifeline AGM.

Think about this more simply:
- At battery temperatures above 40 F, the LiFe is a good choice
- At battery temperatures below 30 F, you are just carrying around a stone.

It is slightly more complex than that, but not all that much.

Li primary batteries are great for cold weather. Li rechargeable batteries are not.
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Old 09-04-2018, 04:53 AM   #17
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BB makes a nice LiFe battery.

That being said, it is difficult to recommend using LiFe in a place like Fairbanks, AK due to temperature effects.

A more correct battery for your intended use is a Lifeline AGM.

Think about this more simply:
- At battery temperatures above 40 F, the LiFe is a good choice
- At battery temperatures below 30 F, you are just carrying around a stone.

It is slightly more complex than that, but not all that much.

Li primary batteries are great for cold weather. Li rechargeable batteries are not.
Harry,
I have not committed to one or the other, my thinking is that the Li is possibly doable with the following thoughts.
This rig will live in a heated garage.
The batteries will be inside the heated van.
I will pull the batteries out in the dead of winter, unless on short excursions and the van is heated.
Do any of my thoughts sway your thoughts?
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Harry,
I have not committed to one or the other, my thinking is that the Li is possibly doable with the following thoughts.
This rig will live in a heated garage.
The batteries will be inside the heated van.
I will pull the batteries out in the dead of winter, unless on short excursions and the van is heated.
Do any of my thoughts sway your thoughts?
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I was Dead set on BB lithium, but I was convinced the xtra work of keeping them warm and monitoring the temperatures at which they charge would not be worth the hassle and I’ll do AGM.

I live in telluride Colorado, van parked on street and charged only via solar and possible 2nd alternator. Your results may vary.

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Onefin,
So far on my visit list are:
Battle born in Reno
Rixens in Sandy
AM solar in Springfield
Sprinter store in Tualatin
Motion windows in Vancouver
Perfect fit upholstery in Tukwila
Panther RV in Washougal

Fairbanks is 360 miles from the coast, so it would tough to use a marine electrician, but there is a outfit here in Fairbanks that builds a lot of solar systems for bush clients that may be of help.

That is a great thought about sheet goods, I am a little concerned about rattling up the road in a empty one ton.(Wife on board)
I'm planning on sheathing everything with marine ply and making the cabinets stitch and glue.
I could load up enough to build my next boat too.
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The weight in the back will make everyone happy on the ride home.
Have the selling dealer order you a set of the OEM MB heavy duty all weather floor mats. They are less than $100, they’d be expensive to ship as well. They are cheaper at the dealer vs. here, have them run your #VIN so you get the correct configuration. https://www.sprinterpartsdepot.com/p...CAAEgK68_D_BwE

While at the dealer pick up a case of 4 MB 1liter bottles of DEF. they have a screw top that screws into the DEF filler on the van and it makes DEF fills super easy. They bottles are reusable and you just refill from a bulk box into the MB bottles and save lots of hassle and potential spills. You’ll need the DEF on the way home at a rate of approx 1 BOTTLE every 800miles.
They look like this https://www.ebay.com/i/283117368239?...457c1dffdf2757



WA and OR will both have sources of great quality sheet goods.

I didn’t see exactly where you were located in AK. The distance makes sense.

Possibly hit a marine store and pick up your planned wire needs, it’s heavy and would be expensive to ship as well.

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Old 09-04-2018, 04:41 PM   #20
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I was Dead set on BB lithium, but I was convinced the xtra work of keeping them warm and monitoring the temperatures at which they charge would not be worth the hassle and Iíll do AGM.

I live in telluride Colorado, van parked on street and charged only via solar and possible 2nd alternator. Your results may vary.

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Thanks for the link Onefin,
Lots of pluses and minuses to either route.

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