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Old 11-30-2019, 11:40 PM   #1
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I ordered my panels yesterday.

Here is the wiring diagram to the fuse boxes. Still undecided on the controller. I was going to do a victron 100/30 controller but now I am a bit concerned it may be to small.

I will have other questions but here is where I am at.
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Old 11-30-2019, 11:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: Another wiring diagram from a noob....

Yes.... the Victron 100/30 is too small.

Look for a min. of 45A.
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Diagram is a great start. Thank you for posting. Next step would be to show positive and negative cables and wires. If I understand correctly, the ground connection shown at the Maxibus would by-pass your shunt.

A breaker panel (where you show 'fuse box A/C') would the first thing on the AC output side of your inverter. Then any switches and/or loads after that.

We have had great success with the Kisae DMT-1250 DC-to-DC charger. It is a 50A charger that accepts input from alternator and is also an MPPT solar controller. Contact Kim for special pricing.

A shore power breaker is also recommended. 15A (1800 watts) or 20A (2400 watts) is sufficient for most vans. We make a pre-wired breaker box for that purpose. Take a look at SmartPlug for your shore power connection. They actually make a 16A version but I haven't found it widely available.

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Regarding Battery to Battery...

My intention is to use a Sterling BB1260-12 Volt battery to battery charger...

I am still not sure if the stock alternator will be enough but was hoping that I could use the stock one till it fails and then upgrade to a more powerful one.

I am also hoping to either find dual alternator bracket. But something tells me its a unicorn and either doesn't exist or impossible to find.
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Diagram is a great start. Thank you for posting. Next step would be to show positive and negative cables and wires. If I understand correctly, the ground connection shown at the Maxibus would by-pass your shunt.
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Thank you for the response.....

My goal right now it to make sure I have included all the components. Then I want to purchase the components and then start installing them.

After everything is installed I will upload a wiring diagram with Wire Size and Length just to make sure everything is correct before wiring everything up.
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I have a small shop in Livermore. Happy to kick around ideas on van electrical systems if you like.

We have tons of parts and tools. Could even do a joint project if you like. Word of warning, I view us as an electrical performance shop, not a "good enough for grandma" shop.
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I have a small shop in Livermore. Happy to kick around ideas on van electrical systems if you like.

We have tons of parts and tools. Could even do a joint project if you like. Word of warning, I view us as an electrical performance shop, not a "good enough for grandma" shop.
Hey Harry,

Two things...

One I am way over budget on this build and I still have to buy....

Controller
Battery to Battery Charger
and Batteries and some misc things...

I considered using you for all the electrical early on but then I decided because I wanted to understand how this all works because I plan on working in very remote locations and knowing the ins and outs might save my life sometime.

I will reach out for sure when needed.
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Hey Harry,

Two things...

One I am way over budget on this build and I still have to buy....

Controller
Battery to Battery Charger
and Batteries and some misc things...

I considered using you for all the electrical early on but then I decided because I wanted to understand how this all works because I plan on working in very remote locations and knowing the ins and outs might save my life sometime.

I will reach out for sure when needed.
No problem.

For better or worse, the customers learn more about their systems and how they work than they even want to. Just ask my family.

Not everything costs money. I helped a couple from Switzerland on a vacation trip. Charged them a beer. Some of this is my idea of a social life.

At the same time, I can't really enhance something that is already built.
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Maybe split the panels into 2 arrays and use a pair of midnight solar brats.

All in parallel. Redundancy.
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I have been reading about controllers...

Spent some time here

Everyone seems to have opinions as to which controller is best.

I am considering a Morningstar TS-60 Tristar-60 Amp. Victron seems tried and true so I am still torn.

What would be the advantages and disadvantage of splitting the panels?
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