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Old 05-08-2020, 08:12 AM   #1
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Another BigFoot Solar Thread

All of my parts have arrived and I have started installing a few things. I decided to put the Victron 712 and Samlex remote in the radio panel which is above the dinette on the left. It is a little lopsided but there is room for a future monitor of some kind.
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Battery location

I am going to use the space under the right side dinette seat for most of my components. I will put a divider in to separate that compartment into 2 parts. Here are the batteries in their approximate location.
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I am going to use the space under the right side dinette seat for most of my components. I will put a divider in to separate that compartment into 2 parts. Here are the batteries in their approximate location.
Those look like Battleborn lithium. What size - lithium 100 watts or smaller?

Also, what model BigFoot do you own?
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Those look like Battleborn lithium. What size - lithium 100 watts or smaller?

Also, what model BigFoot do you own?
Well maybe I should list the pieces I have gathered. My BigFoot is a 25B25RT.

3 Battle Born 100 amp/hr GC2 batteries
4 Lensun 110 watt semi-flexible solar panels
Renogy DCC50S 12V 50A DC-DC On-Board Battery Charger with MPPT
Samlex EVO-2212 inverter, charger, and transfer switch
Victron 712 battery monitor

The solar panels will go on last after I get the AC installed. I should be getting all of my wire from batterycablesusa in the next couple of days.
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Be careful how you install the panels. I installed 2 Lensun 100W panels on my trailer 2 1/2 years ago and noticed they weren't producing like they should this winter. I went up and tested them a few days ago and they are both are dead. I used VHB tape and will now attempt to remove them. You may want to look at this video https://youtu.be/hROYaqY83v4 for an idea for mounting with this update https://youtu.be/enEHXnfUyhI
Even though many people have had good luck with these panels, I have decided to replace them with a ridged panel that I can tilt.

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Be careful how you install the panels. I installed 2 Lensun 100W panels on my trailer 2 1/2 years ago and noticed they weren't producing like they should this winter. I went up and tested them a few days ago and they are both are dead. I used VHB tape and will now attempt to remove them. You may want to look at this video https://youtu.be/hROYaqY83v4 for an idea for mounting with this update https://youtu.be/enEHXnfUyhI
Even though many people have had good luck with these panels, I have decided to replace them with a ridged panel that I can tilt. Ben
The panels are going to go in last. I have seen that video and he did a follow up one trying to remove them. I just made the decision that I wasn't going to drill any holes in my new fiberglass trailer. I may feel different in a few years.

Thanks for the link and good wishes....TomC
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I divided the storage space under the right side dinette seat with a piece of 3/4 inch plywood. The batteries are in their final resting place but the left one will be moved in and out while I am running the new cables.
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