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Old 03-28-2015, 11:08 PM   #15
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Hey Andy, what type of fitting did you use on the roof for the wires?
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Old 03-29-2015, 06:59 AM   #16
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This link can be useful for you, to you or maybe to one of the other members who follow this conversation?
I find it very useful as guide for the electricity of our VR.

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Old 03-29-2015, 08:31 AM   #17
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Thanks Gilles. Clayton, we used a 4 wire cable grommet similar to the one used at this link. http://www.directindustry.com/prod/h...46-367615.html
Alright, time to go build the battery box. I'm going to have a fresh air input at the bottom going through the camper shell into the box then an exit vent at the top, opposite corner. I may vent this off the back or side of the camper the lid will have a seal on it, held down with latches for easy access.


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Old 03-29-2015, 09:15 AM   #18
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What are the chances of the air flow going the other direction?
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:49 AM   #19
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The batteries produce hydrogen, which is lighter than air. This intake/vent set up makes the most sense for us!


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Old 03-30-2015, 06:56 PM   #20
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So the bulk of the install is done with small details to go. Cabinet door install and air deflector were the big projects today.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:57 PM   #21
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More photos...
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:03 PM   #22
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One more pic.

So we're going to see how the 60 degree brackets go on the air deflector. We have 45 degree brackets as well if we need to change.
For the battery box, I ran a small vent (forgot pic, will post) off the back and an intake vent just behind the mudflap on the floor of the shell. Need to run a seal around the box edge yet.
I still need to do some finish work and staining on the cabinet door trim, no big hurry right now.
Also got a new 110 plug installed in place where the old power cable pulled out (forgot that pic as well).
Everything works great! We take it out in two weekends to do a real test and see how everything holds up.
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Old 04-03-2015, 02:13 PM   #23
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You folks did a very nice job. It's nice to see the end result after all the planning. Thanks for sharing. Raz
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:14 PM   #24
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Hey Andy, the install looks awesome.


On a side note.......what did you use on the exterior of the trailer for the shine?
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:05 PM   #25
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Nice job Andy! I really like the roof rack system.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:29 PM   #26
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Thanks everyone! Clayton, we used Zep sealer and then Zep polish. We bought a gallon of each and put on several coats of each. First time using it so I'm curious as to how long it holds it's shine.
Here are a few more photos including the intake and exhaust vent for the battery box and the 110 power inlet that we installed in place of the old pull out cord.
We're going to finish up the small details this weekend, troubleshoot the 12v on the fridge then drop it off to a local welder on Monday to have the old 1 7/8" coupler removed and putting on a new 2" with a center jack mount. We're going to install "The Ultimate Jack" and have the old jack removed. Then the next weekend we'll be heading west to Fruita for another mountain bike trip.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:32 PM   #27
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:40 PM   #28
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Why o you need the fancy MPPT controller for just 2 panels? just curious. I thought the the MPPT controller are best for large arrays and over 12 volt ish panels.

I have tripod mounted these two old ARCO panels with a 10 amp PWM and they do fine.Click image for larger version

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