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    2019 3500XD 170ext 4x4 - Solar Tech Demo Vehicle

    Hello! I believe this is my first post, but I have used this site as a resource for my friends with vans before, so thank you for all the information, and my apologies in advance for my inability to properly navigate the search button to its full capabilities yet...lol. Any and all sharing of...
  2. Z

    My Victron solar build thread (300Ah, 400W, 3000W MultiPlus w/ Raspberry Pi Venus)

    I built a 800W system for RV boondocking on my truck a few years back. It's time to get the van electrified. I wanted to share my experiences as I installed my system, a build log of sorts. I was originally going with a Renogy setup, but after having some cold temperature and touchscreen...
  3. D

    Low profile solar panel install

    I know that aerodynamics is not one of the Sprinters strong points. Still it bothered my personal esthetic taste to put solar panels on top of it that stick straight up. So I used a little different method for installing my solar panels. I wanted a low profile, but still use traditional instead...
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    Solar Installed?

    Has anyone installed panels (and batteries) on their 2007ish Vista Mini? I'm looking to put a couple panels on the roof and route them to the new house batteries to allow me to boondock for extended periods. A few things I'm wondering: -How many and what wattage of panels do you have? -How many...
  5. N

    Mounting solar panels to curved fibreglass roof

    Hi all, After putting off this horror show for ages I'm attempting to mount solar panels on the roof of a Sprinter saddled with a curved fibreglass roof. As you can see from the attached images said curvature is playing havoc with my hopes of a smooth install. Due to the size of the panels...
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    My first off-grid system design. Would appreciate feedback & critique

    After many months of learning, I have decided to take a stab at designing the electrical power system for our off-grid van. I have a diagram of the system attached to this post below. NOTE: I originally laid out the panel arrangement in Parallel but forgot to change the label. Disregard the...
  7. Refresh

    Solar & Battery Bank = most important. Also want upgrade exterior, and refresh the interior

    Hi there forum, I am looking to thoroughly upgrade exterior, and refresh the interior, of my Sprinter T1N, Class B, motorhome. Once the Corona restrictions lift we want to move on in an effectively new 'home' WE are working on various upgrades ($$ allowing) The most important issue is...
  8. PictureMeFree

    What advice would you give a new owner of a 2019 170 ext 2500 4 x 4?

    Hi everyone, I am new to the forums, but I am reading as much as I can. This is obviously an impressive and knowledgeable community, and this type of fan club around the Sprinter is ultimately one of the reasons we chose it over pro masters and transits we considered. My wife and I are...
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    Solar Circuitry Diagram HELP

    Hello! First post during my first conversion. I just made my first ever circuit diagram!! I was hoping an electrician superhero on the forum could come to my rescue and proofread it please !! I am feeling pretty good about it, excited to make it a reality. Open to suggestions/critiques...
  10. iksro

    Roof rack with rear factory air?

    What is everyone using or planning on using in conjunction with the factory air? Im not sure if the modular options from Aluminess or the Flatline Vanco options will work. Looking to put solar, crossbars to carry gear when needed, light bar, AND take the space for a Maxxair fan right in the...
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    The best solar kit from Amazon!?

    Any recommendation of a good solar kit!? no sophistication is needed. This is to top up house batteries during dry camping. I wander if my 2014 itasca navion have anythind "pre wired" or " solar ready" (whatever that means?) to accommodate the installation of additional hardware (panels wires...
  12. R

    NCV3: 2006-2018 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter Van: Rugged Luxury Expertly Converted 144 Grey

    One-of-a-kind expertly converted 2017 4x4 144 Sprinter van featuring: * Nitto Terra Grappler G2 All-Terrain radial tires * 18inch Mandrus Atlas matte black rims * TerraWagen black Mercedes emblems and grille * Backwoods Adventure Mods front bumper * Van Compass upgraded suspension and body armor...
  13. N

    REDARC BCDC1240D vs Renogy DCC50S (DC-DC Chargers with MPPT)

    I am fairly new to the forum and appreciate all the help offered by the community. I have a VS30 that is in production and am planning on completing out the initial steps of the build myself. I am planning on running a 100-150 AH LiFePO4 battery, located near the drivers side rear wheel...
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    Van Electrical Diagram & Misc Electrical Questions!!!

    Hey ya'll, I want to start off by saying I TRUELY appreciate any help/advice you have to offer, and will pay it forward by documenting + sharing my electrical install on youtube here on my channel once it's complete https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSLSw5fhejqXKbTwe6N1qBA. First off, I've...
  15. D

    NCV3: 2006-2018 2008 Dodge Sprinter Conversion Van - AMAZING Interior

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10oSr2JcgnMlV1QPwq6c4iBoYWCUG4ktN?usp=sharing Feast your eyes on one of the coolest custom interiors for a conversion van that you have ever seen. Meet Roosevelt! He is a complete custom 144" wheelbase Sprinter van that is looking for a new home...
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    Custom Roof Rack Metal Size?

    I'm building a custom roof rack for my Sprinter. I'm new to metalworking/welding, so I really have no idea of what size metal to get. Round or Square tube? Size? Thickness of the metal? Any input or advice is greatly apricated!
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    Electrical Diagram Review & Questions

    Been reading the forum for a while now and finally getting my build going, I picked up a bunch of parts on Black Friday this year and trying to arrange them in a way that works now which is probably not the best way to approach, but hey... This design borrows liberally from some of the active...
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    (Unorthodox) MPPT Wiring

    I used the generally accepted method of wiring my MPPT on my last build (a T1N), connecting a wire from the Bat+ on the MPPT to the physical battery +, and the Bat- wire to the physical battery -. Now I'm installing an MPPT in an NCV3 that came with a stock aux battery in the engine...
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    Dual Sensing Charging through Alternator

    Hi All - Can't seem to find the answer in old threads... I have the aux battery system connected directly to alternator via blue sea acr. Aux batt system receives charge from 200a solar panel to top off. When aux batteries are sufficiently charged the acr is dual sensing so should allow charge...
  20. N

    Disconnecting solar when below freezing for LIFEPO4 batteries

    Disclaimer, I'm not a pro, but did some internet research on how to throw this setup together. Use info at your own risk ;) Charging lithium batteries below freezing temps can cause irreversible damage. With my installation of 400ah of lifepo4 batteries inside the van, I've been looking for an...

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