Skoolies

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Unlike typical motorhomes or campers, skoolies come as empty shells, without a pre-existing electrical system beyond the starter battery.  To simplify the design process we have created three grades of complete kits with everything from the charge regulating devices to the outlets.  These kits can be purchased as single items, or used as inspiration to help guide you with the configuration of a customized kit using the tool at the bottom of this page.

 

Short Bus

Short Bus 340W 200A 220AhAGM 500VA
2,950.00
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- 2x 170W Solar Panels with mounts and wire harnesses
- 30A Victron SmartSolar MPPT Charge Controller with Bluetooth Communication
- Victron BMV-712 Battery Monitor with Bluetooth Communication
- 2x Lifeline 220Ah AGM 6V Batteries
- 200A Battery Combiner/Alternator Charger kit with manual disconnect and boost
- 500W Victron Phoenix pure sine inverter with AC outlet
- 60A DC Battery Protect with remote disconnect prevents over discharge
- 6 position DC fuse block with DC outlet offering dual USB and standard 12V
- Lugs, heat shrink, cables, etc. All included

Adventure Bus

Adventure Bus 680W 200A 400AhAGM 2000VA
6,450.00
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- 4x 170W Solar Panels with mounts and wire harnesses
- 50A Victron SmartSolar MPPT Charge Controller with Bluetooth Communication
- Victron BMV-712 Battery Monitor with Bluetooth Communication
- 2x Lifeline 400Ah AGM 6V Batteries
- 200A Battery Combiner/Alternator Charger kit with manual disconnect and boost
- 2000VA Victron Multiplus pure sine inverter / 80A charger with hybrid 30A shore power
- Sub panel with multiple breakers and AC outlet
- 60A DC Battery Protect with remote disconnect prevents over discharge
- 6 position DC fuse block with DC outlet offering dual USB and standard 12V
- Shore power cord, inlet, lugs, heat shrink, cables, etc. All included

Full-Timing Bus

Full-Timing Bus 860W 200A 600AhLi 3000VA
14,950.00
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- 4x 170W Solar Panels with mounts and wire harnesses
- 2x 90W Solar Panels with mounts and wire harnesses
- 85A Victron SmartSolar MPPT Charge Controller with Bluetooth Communication
- Victron BMV-712 Battery Monitor with Bluetooth Communication
- 600Ah Lithium System with AMS V4 Victron battery protections
- Integrated alternator charging with manual boost
- 3000VA Victron Multiplus pure sine inverter / 120A charger with hybrid 30A shore power
- Sub panel with multiple breakers and AC outlet
- 100A DC Battery Protect with remote disconnect prevents over discharge
- 6 position DC fuse block with DC outlet offering dual USB and standard 12V
- Shore power cord, inlet, lugs, heat shrink, cables, etc. All included

 

Custom Configuration

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1.  Select solar panels:  Add a quantity of solar panels that will fit on your roof.  As a rough rule of thumb, every 100W of solar will produce about 25Ah (or 300Wh) of charge per day.  All of these panels are compatible with each other in a parallel connection.  We use card board pieces matching the mounted dimensions of the panels to plan our array layouts.

ZS90 Solar Panel Kit with Rocker Mounts
325.00

Designed for narrow spaces using 6" cells, this panel is ideal for small systems.  Made in Bend, Oregon, United States Flash tested at 97W +/- 3%

Wattage:  90W
Type:  Monocrystalline
Operating Voltage:  18.00V
Size:  58.3" x 13.5" x 1.38"  14.3lbs
Frame:  Silver Anodized Aluminum
Connection Type:  Terminal Block
Mount:  Tilting (with optional tilt bars)
Mounted Dimensions:  60.6" x 13.5" x 2.6"

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SF100 Solar Panel Kit with Rocker Mounts
249.99

A more cost effective alternative to the SP100, this kit delivers the same wattage in a slightly larger footprint.

Wattage:  100W
Type:  Monocrystalline
Operating Voltage: 18.0Vmpp
Size:  47.4" x 21.3" x 1.38"
Frame:  Silver Anodized Aluminum
Connection Type:  Terminal Block
Mount:  Tilting (with optional tilt bars)
Mounted Dimensions:  50.05" x 21.30" x 1.38"

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SP100 Solar Panel Kit with Rocker Mounts
354.99

This is one of the the most efficient RV solar panels you can buy. Because of its high output per square foot, it is ideal for cramped roofs.

Wattage:  100W
Type:  Back Contact Monocrystalline
Operating Voltage: 17.7Vmpp
Size:  41.45" x 21.30" x 1.38"
Frame:  Silver Anodized Aluminum
Connection Type:  Terminal Block
Mount:  Tilting (with optional tilt bars)
Mounted Dimensions:  43.75" x 21.30" x 1.38"

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ZS170 Solar Panel Kit with Rocker Mounts
395.00

Similar to the SF100 but uses 6" cells, this panel is ideal for large systems where there is ample roof space.  Made in Bend, Oregon, United States Flash tested at 184W +/- 3%

Wattage:  170W
Type:  Monocrystalline
Operating Voltage:  18.00V
Size:  58.3" x 26.4" x 1.38"
Frame:  Silver Anodized Aluminum
Connection Type:  Terminal Block
Mount:  Tilting (with optional tilt bars)
Mounted Dimensions:  60.6" x 26.4" x 2.6"

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2.  Add a combiner box and sealant:  One combiner box can support up to eight solar panel kits.  You will need one tube of sealant per every three solar panels.  The sealant is used to bury the mount feet of the panels and around the combiner box.  Dicor is used on fiberglass, rubber and TPO roofs, Sikaflex is used on metal roofs.

Roof C-Box
80.00

This C-box is for efficiently combining solar panel output cables and sealing off a roof penetration. Its rugged and spacious design make installation and trouble shooting very easy.

Dimensions: H 1.9" x W 5.3" x D 7.4"

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Dicor Sealant
10.00

Dicor protects the VHB tape from the elements.  Use it to seal around mount feet, cable management hardware and combiner boxes attached to roofs.

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Sikaflex 221 Sealant
12.00

Ideal for Airstream roofs, Sikaflex protects the VHB tape from the elements.  Use it to seal around mount feet, cable management hardware and combiner boxes attached to roofs.  Do not use Sikaflex on TPO roofs.

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3.  Select the appropriate charge controller core:  Total the wattage of all your solar panels from Step 1. and be sure to select a charge controller core that is rated to handle that wattage.  If your wattage exceeds the largest rating, multiple charge controllers cores can be used, but you will need a combiner box for each core.

SunRunner Victron 15MPPT/8 Core
294.00

This kit is built around a Victron SmartSolar MPPT 75|15 charge controller and comes with built-in bluetooth monitoring that can communicate with a smart phone.  It is also compatible with several optional add-on monitoring kits.  It can regulate up to 200 watts of solar panels in optimal conditions (more in higher latitudes) and is compatible with our roof mounted combiner boxes.  8 gauge wire reduces lines losses for optimum efficiency.  This system core is the preferred choice for our lithium battery systems, but it is also fully compatible with lead-acid battery banks. 

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SunRunner Victron 30MPPT/6 Core
474.00

This kit is built around a Victron SmartSolar MPPT 100|30 charge controller and comes with built-in bluetooth monitoring that can communicate with a smart phone.  It is also compatible with several optional add-on monitoring kits.  It can regulate up to 450 watts  of solar panels in optimal conditions (more in higher latitudes) and is compatible with our roof mounted combiner boxes.  Thick 6 gauge wire reduces lines losses for optimum efficiency.  This system core is the preferred choice for our lithium battery systems, but it is also fully compatible with lead-acid battery banks. 

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SunRunner Victron 50MPPT/4 Core
625.00

This kit is built around a Victron SmartSolar MPPT 100|50 charge controller and comes with built-in Bluetooth monitoring that can communicate with a smart phone.  It is also compatible with several optional add-on monitoring kits.  It can regulate up to 680 watts  of solar panels in optimal conditions (more in higher latitudes) and is compatible with our roof mounted combiner boxes.  Thick 4 gauge wire reduces lines losses for optimum efficiency.  This system core is the preferred choice for our lithium battery systems, but it is also fully compatible with lead-acid battery banks. 

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SunRunner Victron 85MPPT/2 Core
995.00

This kit is built around a Victron SmartSolar MPPT 150|85 charge controller and comes with built-in bluetooth monitoring that can communicate with a smart phone.  It is also compatible with several optional add-on monitoring kits.  It can regulate up to 1150 watts  of solar panels in optimal conditions (more in higher latitudes) and is compatible with our roof mounted combiner boxes.  Thick 2 gauge wire reduces lines losses for optimum efficiency.  This system core is the preferred choice for our lithium battery systems, but it is also fully compatible with lead-acid battery banks. 

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4.  Select a battery bank:  If you plan on running high current loads like a microwave, blender, or coffee pot, you will need at least 300Ah of AGM battery capacity.  Any size lithium battery bank will work with high current loads, but larger capacities will run the loads longer.

220Ah AGM Battery Bank with Monitor
995.00

Two 6V Batteries connected in series
Each battery:
Weight
= 66lbs
Dimensions: H 10.24" x W 7.06" x D 10.28"

Bluetooth Battery Monitoring
Monitor Dimensions:  H 1.3" x W 2.4" x D 2.4"
Shunt Dimensions:  H 1.4" x W 4.8" x D 1.6"

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255Ah AGM Battery Bank with Monitor
1,175.00

Single 12V Battery

Weight
= 162lbs
Dimensions: H 9.76" x W 10.89" x D 20.76"

Bluetooth Battery Monitoring
Monitor Dimensions:  H 1.3" x W 2.4" x D 2.4"
Shunt Dimensions:  H 1.4" x W 4.8" x D 1.6"

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300Ah AGM Battery Bank with Monitor
1,295.00

Two 6V Batteries connected in series
Each battery:
Weight
= 93lbs
Dimensions: H 13.02" x W 7.06" x D 10.28"

Bluetooth Battery Monitoring
Monitor Dimensions:  H 1.3" x W 2.4" x D 2.4"
Shunt Dimensions:  H 1.4" x W 4.8" x D 1.6"

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400Ah AGM Battery Bank with Monitor
1,550.00

Two 6V Batteries connected in series
Each battery:
Weight
= 119lbs
Dimensions: H 15.73" x W 6.95" x D 11.64"

Bluetooth Battery Monitoring
Monitor Dimensions:  H 1.3" x W 2.4" x D 2.4"
Shunt Dimensions:  H 1.4" x W 4.8" x D 1.6"

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200Ah Lithium Battery Bank with Monitor
3,900.00

Battery Specifications without BMS
Weight:
92.6lbs
Dimensions: H 11.7" x W 16.7" x D 10.4"

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Monitor Dimensions:  H 1.3" x W 2.4" x D 2.4"
Shunt Dimensions:  H 1.4" x W 4.8" x D 1.6"

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300Ah Lithium Battery Bank with Monitor
4,950.00

Battery Specifications without BMS
Weight:
112.4lbs
Dimensions: H 13.6" x W 16.7" x D 10.4"

Bluetooth Battery Monitoring
Monitor Dimensions:  H 1.3" x W 2.4" x D 2.4"
Shunt Dimensions:  H 1.4" x W 4.8" x D 1.6"

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400Ah Lithium Battery Bank with Monitor
6,300.00

Battery Specifications without BMS
Two 200Ah batteries, each battery:
Weight:
92.6lbs
Dimensions: H 11.7" x W 16.7" x D 10.4"

Bluetooth Battery Monitoring
Monitor Dimensions:  H 1.3" x W 2.4" x D 2.4"
Shunt Dimensions:  H 1.4" x W 4.8" x D 1.6"

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600Ah Lithium Battery Bank with Monitor
8,750.00

Battery Specifications without BMS
Two 300Ah batteries, each battery:
Weight:
112.4lbs
Dimensions: H 13.6" x W 16.7" x D 10.4"

Bluetooth Battery Monitoring
Monitor Dimensions:  H 1.3" x W 2.4" x D 2.4"
Shunt Dimensions:  H 1.4" x W 4.8" x D 1.6"

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5.  Select an Alternator Charging kit:  Verify the current rating of your alternator and select the 120A kit if you are using an AGM battery and your alternator is rated at less than 120A.  If you have a larger alternator, you will need a larger kit.  The kit from Drop-In Lithium batteries works with LifeBlue Lithium Batteries and the V4 kit is designed to be compatible with the AM Solar V4 lithium system.

120A Alternator Charger Kit (AGM Battery)
275.00

Enable 120A alternator charging of a secondary AGM or Flooded battery bank.  A boost button lets your house batteries start your ignition when your starter battery is dead. This kit is ideal for van conversions and skoolies.  

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230A Alternator Charger Kit (AGM Battery)
425.00

Enable 230A alternator charging of a secondary AGM or Flooded battery bank.  A boost button lets your house batteries start your ignition when your starter battery is dead. This kit is ideal for van conversions and skoolies.  

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230A Alternator Charger Kit (Drop-In Lithium)
349.99

Enable 230A alternator charging of a drop-in lithium battery bank.  A boost button lets your house batteries start your ignition when your starter battery is dead. This kit is ideal for van conversions and skoolies.  

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200A Alternator Charger Kit (V4 Lithium)
165.00

Enable 200A alternator charging of a V4 lithium battery system.  A boost button lets your house batteries start your ignition when your starter battery is dead. This kit is ideal for van conversions and skoolies.  

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6.  Select an Inverter/Charger System:  The 2000VA and 3000VA options combine and inverter and a charger in one unit.  If a smaller system is preferred, stand alone chargers/converters can be purchased along with stand alone inverters.

AC Input/Output 30A 2000VA 80A
2,195.00

This kit includes all the standard components for the do-it-yourself installation of a Victron 12/2000 inverter system, including shore power cord, inlet, main panel, sub panel and an AC outlet.

Steady State:  1600W
Surge:  4000W
Voltage Output:  120V AC
Voltage Input:  9.5-17V
Waveform:  Pure Sine
Frequency:  60hz
Charger:  80A
Passthrough:  50A
Efficiency:  92%
Dimensions:  H 20.5" x W 10.0" x D 5.0"
Extra:  Hybrid

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AC Input/Output 30A 3000VA 120A
2,495.00

This kit includes all the standard components for the do-it-yourself installation of a Victron 12/3000 inverter system, including shore power cord, inlet, main panel, sub panel and an AC outlet.

Steady State:  2400W
Surge:  6000W
Voltage Output:  120V AC
Voltage Input:  9.5-17V
Waveform:  Pure Sine
Frequency:  60hz
Charger:  120A
Passthrough:  50A
Efficiency:  93%
Dimensions:  H 14.3" x W 10.2" x D 8.6"
Extra:  Hybrid

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AC Input Passthrough 30A
250.00

This kit allows a 30A shore power passthrough to a dedicated AC outlet.

Input: 30A 120V Shore Power Connection
Output: 15A 120V Outlet

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45A Shore Power Charging Kit (AGM)
550.00

This kit includes everything needed to connect to a 30A shore power service and charge a lead-acid battery with 45A DC.

Dimensions: H 4.7" x W 7.25" x D 8.25"

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Victron Phoenix 250VA Inverter Kit VE.Direct
225.00

This kit includes all the standard components for the do-it-yourself installation of a Victron Phoenix 250 inverter system.  This inverter offers Bluetooth communication compatibility and is ideal for laptops and cell phone chargers.

Steady State:  250VA
Peak Power:  400W
Voltage Output:  120V AC
Voltage Input:  9.2-17.0V
Waveform:  Pure Sine
Frequency:  60hz
Efficiency:  87%
Dimensions:  H 3.4" x W 6.5" x D 10.2"

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Victron Phoenix 500VA Inverter Kit VE.Direct
345.00

This kit includes all the standard components for the do-it-yourself installation of a Victron Phoenix 500 inverter system.  This inverter offers Bluetooth communication compatibility and is ideal for laptops, entertainment centers and cell phone chargers.

Steady State:  500VA
Peak Power:  900W
Voltage Output:  110V AC
Voltage Input:  9.2-17.0V
Waveform:  Pure Sine
Frequency:  60hz
Efficiency:  90%
Dimensions:  H 3.6" x W 6.8" x D 10.8"

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Victron Phoenix 800VA Inverter Kit VE.Direct
550.00

This kit includes all the standard components for the do-it-yourself installation of a Victron Phoenix 800 inverter system.  This inverter offers Bluetooth communication compatibility and is ideal for laptops, entertainment centers and cell phone chargers.

Steady State:  800VA
Peak Power:  1600W
Voltage Output:  110V AC
Voltage Input:  9.2-17.3V
Waveform:  Pure Sine
Frequency:  60hz
Efficiency:  91%
Dimensions:  H 4.1" x W 7.6" x D 12.0"

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Victron Phoenix 1200VA Inverter Kit
795.00

This kit includes all the standard components for the do-it-yourself installation of a Victron Phoenix 1200 inverter system.  This inverter is ideal for refrigerators, laptops, entertainment centers and cell phone chargers.

Steady State:  1200VA
Peak Power:  2400W
Voltage Output:  110V AC
Voltage Input:  9.2-17.3V
Waveform:  Pure Sine
Frequency:  60hz
Efficiency:  92%
Dimensions:  H 4.1" x W 7.6" x D 12.0"

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7.  Select the appropriate DC Distribution Kit:  If your system uses a V4 lithium battery bank you can get the Lithium DC Distribution Kit.

DC Distribution Kit for AGM or Drop-In Lithium Batteries
260.00

This kit includes everything you need to connect DC loads to a battery bank.

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DC Distribution Kit for V4 Lithium Battery Systems
225.00

This kit includes everything you need to connect DC loads to a V4 Lithium battery bank.

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