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Old 08-13-2018, 04:06 PM   #11
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Can you get a larger than 180 amp solar panel. The solar charger is rated at 30 amps so why not install a single 300+ watt panel?

The sold Sprinter originally had a single 135 watt low voltage panel. That panel almost roduce enough power to run a 80 liter refrigerator in full sun. Changed that to a high voltage 205 watt panel and that almost always kept up with the refrigerator running.

Transit build has a 300 watt high voltage panel that is the same physical size as the Sprinter 205 watt panel. If I was building the van today the van would have the same physical size panel with the higher watt rating now available in that size panel.

Very little cost difference with today's $1/watt panel prices. Maybe $160 more cost for about double the output.

Thank you for the recommendations, I have learned so much since I joined this forum!

I do not wand to lose the ability to re-configure the solar panel layout for future changes, vents, etc. and honestly don't need too much more for our intended use.
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Old 08-14-2018, 09:31 PM   #12
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[QUOTE]Thank you for the recommendations, I have learned so much since I joined this forum!

I do not wand to lose the ability to re-configure the solar panel layout for future changes, vents, etc. and honestly don't need too much more for our intended use.[/QUOTE

I agree with Dave get the larger panel, at some point you'll be glad you did.
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Old 08-16-2018, 03:46 AM   #13
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Just got back from the dealer...when I was buying the van, I asked for the tow package to be installed. When I went to pick it up, it had a Curt hitch and the hacked in box tapped into the tail lights. That was a no-go. It took them two days, but, the factory harness, hitch and programming is complete.
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Old 08-26-2018, 03:01 AM   #14
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I spent part of today taking out the headliner in preparation for wiring and insulation. I thought for sure that I could get it out without breaking the clips... That didn't happen. The big headliner panel that goes around the factory A/C would not slide forward off of the clips. I put everything I had into it but with that many clips I had to attempt to pop them out. It was 50/50, so, I need to find a source for the clips...

I've got most of what I need to finish the van, except:

Rear seats (ordered)
Front short seat bases (ordered)
Front seat swivels (ordered)
In-motion Dish system (ordered)

I'm sure there will be more odds and ends, but it has finally begun!
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Old 08-29-2018, 02:57 AM   #15
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I was able to get the OEM roof rails installed today. In the next few days I'll install the Zamp solar panels and the Winegard T4 in-motion satellite dish and all the sound deadening.
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:51 AM   #16
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I haven’t got the seats yet, they should be ready in the next few weeks. I’m trying to plan the spacing. The rear bi-fold sofa will likely be as close to the back doors as it will fit with it laid down. The two captains chairs need to be back far enough to utilize the TV mounted on the RB Components shelf. I also thought we might be able to have a removable table that could be mounted between the sofa and the captains chairs and also between the captains chairs and the front seats when they are swiveled around which would mean placing them centered between the sofa and the front seats.
Has anyone designed a layout similar to what I am proposing?
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Old 09-18-2018, 04:51 AM   #17
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Aluminess Nerf Bars Installed.
Did you do the installation yourself? If so, how did it go? I am lusting after those same nerf bars.

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I am getting ready to order insulation and I'm curious if anyone that has used Thinsulate on a high-roof 144" WB passenger, could tell me how much is enough to do everything above the floor?
I bought a 50’ x 5’ wide roll and had just enough for a 144” cargo van with a pair of rear CRL windows. We had about 3’ left of the 50’ roll.
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:06 AM   #18
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Did you do the installation yourself? If so, how did it go? I am lusting after those same nerf bars.


I bought a 50’ x 5’ wide roll and had just enough for a 144” cargo van with a pair of rear CRL windows. We had about 3’ left of the 50’ roll.
I did do the install, it was pretty easy. I have the aux heat and that got in the way a bit but the heater housing flexed enough to work around.

Thanks for the intel on the Thinsulate!
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:03 PM   #19
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I haven’t been able to do much, a broken hand will do that...

I started mocking up the solar and satellite. And since the short seat bases come primed and not painted, I sprayed some clear over the flat black.



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Old 10-13-2018, 02:39 AM   #20
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Installed the factory short seat bases and Alpine Mechanism's swivels. The DS needs spacers for the swivel to work with the factory DS short seat base.

Here is the driver’s seat with the factory short base and the Alpine Mechanism’s swivel. You can see the 1” spacer.

I also included pictures of the PS.
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