Class A

5/21/18 – 2018 Tiffin Allegro Open Road, 34’

We installed a Blue Sky system for this client several years ago, and they recently came back to have a new solar power system installed in their new coach.  Their primary need for a solar power system is to offset the energy used by their residential refrigerator.  We installed 680W of solar power on their roof, about three-fourths of which will go towards powering their refrigerator.   In ideal conditions (lots of sun) the excess solar power can be used to charge their batteries faster.  Sometimes conditions are less than ideal though (not enough sun), which is why no one complains about having too much solar power. 

  Equipment Added:  4x ZS170 Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof Combiner Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 50A Charge Controller Core 1x Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor

Equipment Added:
4x ZS170 Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof Combiner Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 50A Charge Controller Core
1x Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor

 Storage Bay

Storage Bay

 Victron Charge Controller

Victron Charge Controller

5/29/18 – 2018 Newmar Bay Star, 40’

This client has had solar power installed on many rigs in the past.  Some of the solar systems he installed himself, but he had us do the installation on his last rig, and he recently came back to us to install solar power on his brand-new Bay Star.  In addition to installing a MS2012 Magnum inverter to invert solar generated power from DC to AC, he asked us to separately install his Iota 45A converter.  When necessary, he plans to plug this converter into a small, relatively quiet 2000W portable generator to charge his batteries when his power usage exceeds the power available from solar.  This way he won’t have to run his larger, much noisier generator.  He says the reduction in noise will go a long way towards keeping his wife happy.  

  Equipment Added:  4x SF180 Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof Combiner Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 50A Charge Controller Core 4x GPL 6CT 6V 300Ah AGM Batteries 1x Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor

Equipment Added:
4x SF180 Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof Combiner Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 50A Charge Controller Core
4x GPL 6CT 6V 300Ah AGM Batteries
1x Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor

 50A Charge Controller Core

50A Charge Controller Core

 720W Solar Charging System

720W Solar Charging System

 600Ah Battery Bank

600Ah Battery Bank

10/4/17 – 2016 Newmar Essex, 45’

This client’s rig came to us equipped with both a residential fridge, and an AC/DC freezer.  They also had a 3000W Xantrex inverter (previously installed), and a battery bank consisting of eight 6V Discover AGM batteries providing 414Ah of usable battery capacity.  We installed 1400W of solar power on their roof, mixing five SF180W solar power kits with 5 SP100W solar power kits.  On average, the solar power generated by this system will restore about 350Ah a day to their batteries.  We also installed a Victron 150/100 charge controller with built-in Bluetooth capability, a Victron BMV-702 battery monitor, and a VE.Direct Bluetooth Smart Dongle so they can easily and accurately monitor their battery bank’s state of charge. 
 

  Equipment Added:  5x SF180W Solar Panel Kits 5x SP100W Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof Combiner Box 1x 150/100 Victron SmartSolar MPPT Charge Controller Core 1x Victron BMV-702 Battery Monitor w/ VE.Direct Bluetooth Smart Dongle

Equipment Added:
5x SF180W Solar Panel Kits
5x SP100W Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof Combiner Box
1x 150/100 Victron SmartSolar MPPT Charge Controller Core
1x Victron BMV-702 Battery Monitor w/ VE.Direct Bluetooth Smart Dongle

 Solar Array

Solar Array

 Charge Controller

Charge Controller

9/27/17 – 2016 Fleetwood Bounder, 36’

This premium system contains some of the best components money can buy.  These clients had us install a 960W solar charging system with a 600Ah lithium battery bank, and a 3000VA inverter.  They live full time in their RV, and now they can enjoy some of the same comforts of a grid connected home while on the road.  Living off-grid is much easier with a powerful system like this. 
 

  Equipment Added:  6x SF160W Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof Combiner Box 1x Victron Color Control GX Monitor 2x 300Ah Victron Lithium Batteries 1x Victron MultiPlus 12/3000VA Inverter Kit 1x SunRunner Victron 100A Charge Controller Core 1x Victron Battery Monitor BMV-702 1x Trik-L Start

Equipment Added:
6x SF160W Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof Combiner Box
1x Victron Color Control GX Monitor
2x 300Ah Victron Lithium Batteries
1x Victron MultiPlus 12/3000VA Inverter Kit
1x SunRunner Victron 100A Charge Controller Core
1x Victron Battery Monitor BMV-702
1x Trik-L Start

 Inverter

Inverter

 Solar Charge Controller

Solar Charge Controller

 960W solar

960W solar

 BMS system

BMS system

8/18/17 – 2003 Fleetwood Bounder, 35’

One decision our clients have to make when setting up their RVs with solar power is what kind of battery bank they want.  Lifeline AGM batteries are very popular for this type of application, but we also offer Lithium batteries, which are the latest and greatest battery technology.  For this client we installed an 800Ah 12V Lifeline AGM battery bank.  A comparable lithium system would have cost over $6000, while this client paid around $2200 for their AGMs.  This is a very powerful system for someone who doesn’t want to spend the additional money on a Lithium system. 

  Equipment Added:  5x SF180 Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof Combiner Box 1x Victron BlueSolar Smart MPPT 100A Charge Controller Core 1x 3000VA Victron MultiPlus Inverter Kit 1x Color Control Monitor 4x 400Ah AGM GPL L16s 6V Batteries 1x Easy Start

Equipment Added:
5x SF180 Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof Combiner Box
1x Victron BlueSolar Smart MPPT 100A Charge Controller Core
1x 3000VA Victron MultiPlus Inverter Kit
1x Color Control Monitor
4x 400Ah AGM GPL L16s 6V Batteries
1x Easy Start

 Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter

Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter

 Victron SmartSolar MPPT 150/100 Charge Controller

Victron SmartSolar MPPT 150/100 Charge Controller

9/22/17 – 2016 Thor Ace, 27’

This client was already familiar with BlueSky solar products, so he chose to go with a BlueSky 3024iL charge controller.  Along with the BlueSky charge controller we installed a 2000VA Victron Inverter kit, and a 300Ah AGM battery bank to complete the system.  The mid-sized solar power kits provide enough power to keep his batteries healthy, and run some electronic devices when disconnected from shore power. 

  Equipment Added:  3x SP100 Solar Power Kits 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 25A Charge Controller Core 1x Victron MultiPlus 2000VA Inverter Kit 2x 300Ah GPL 6Vs

Equipment Added:
3x SP100 Solar Power Kits
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 25A Charge Controller Core
1x Victron MultiPlus 2000VA Inverter Kit
2x 300Ah GPL 6Vs

 Battery Bay

Battery Bay

 AGM Batteries and Shunt

AGM Batteries and Shunt

8/15/17 – Foretravel, 40’

This client originally requested to have three SF180 Solar Power Kits installed, along with a 40A charge controller.  After about a month he realized that he didn’t have enough solar power to meet his needs and he came back to upgrade his system.  We added three more SF180 Solar Panel Kits, and replaced the 40A charge controller with an 85A Victron charge controller to accommodate the additional solar charging current.  We always recommend that our clients have us install a system that is easily expandable to avoid duplicate costs.  It is much more cost effective to install a larger system core that allows for expansion than it is to install a smaller system core that has to be completely replaced in order to add additional power. 

  Equipment Added:  6x SF180 Solar Power Kits 1x Roof Combiner Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 85A Charge Controller Core 1x BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor 1x IPN Auxiliary Battery Wiring Harness

Equipment Added:
6x SF180 Solar Power Kits
1x Roof Combiner Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 85A Charge Controller Core
1x BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor
1x IPN Auxiliary Battery Wiring Harness

 Victron Charge Controller

Victron Charge Controller

 Victron CCGX Monitor

Victron CCGX Monitor

9/8/17 – 2013 Newmar Dutchstar, 43’

We like to install our systems as cleanly, and as easy to manage as possible.  These clients came to us with an existing battery bank wired by the manufacturer that worked well enough, but wasn’t quite as clean or as orderly as we would prefer.  During the process of installing their new battery monitor we cleaned up the battery bank and decluttered some of the wiring to create a more efficient battery bank.  We also installed 1440 Watts of solar power which will go a long way towards offsetting the power used by their residential fridge. 
 

  Equipment Added:  8x SF180 Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof C-Box 1x Victron BlueSolar 250/100A Charge Controller w/ 2ga Core 1x ME-BMK Battery Monitor w/ Wire Harness  

Equipment Added:
8x SF180 Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof C-Box
1x Victron BlueSolar 250/100A Charge Controller w/ 2ga Core
1x ME-BMK Battery Monitor w/ Wire Harness
 

 Solar Panels

Solar Panels

 Solar Array

Solar Array

 Charge Controller

Charge Controller

7/28/2017 – 2016 Winnebago Solei, 38’

Our combiner box (C-Box) is custom made by AM Solar for efficiently combining solar panel output cables and sealing off a roof penetration.  It’s rugged and spacious design make installation and troubleshooting very easy.  It is the most efficient way to install a lot of solar with only a single penetrating hole through the roof.  It has eight possible ports and can use up to 2-gauge cable, which allows for installation of larger solar arrays.  We have installed as many as 16 solar panels (1600W) onto one roof using just one C-box (in 8 series pairs). It has a very small footprint for its available capacity, and it is sealed to ensure that it is completely waterproof. 

  Equipment Added:  8x SF180 Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof C-Box 1x Magnum PT-100 MPPT 240/100 Controller w/ 2ga Core 6x Lifeline AGM 4CT 6V 220Ah batteries 1x MSH3012M Inverter 1x ME-RC50 1x ME-BMK Battery Monitor

Equipment Added:
8x SF180 Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof C-Box
1x Magnum PT-100 MPPT 240/100 Controller w/ 2ga Core
6x Lifeline AGM 4CT 6V 220Ah batteries
1x MSH3012M Inverter
1x ME-RC50
1x ME-BMK Battery Monitor

Winnebago-Solei-C-Box.png
Winnebago-Solei-Combiner.png

 

6/8/2017 – 2015 Redwood 38RL, 42’

This client asked us to install as much solar power as we could fit onto their roof.  We installed ten 160W solar panels providing a total of 1600 Watts of solar power.  This amount of solar power is an excellent match for their 800Ah lithium battery bank and will allow them to run their outlets, residential refrigerator, microwave, washer and dryer, dishwasher, fireplace, and their air conditioner without running their generator. 

  Equipment Added:  10x 160W Solar Panel Kits 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 100A Charge Controller Core 1x Roof C-Box 1x 800Ah Signature Lithium Battery Bank 1x Victron MultiPlus 3000 Inverter/Charger Kit

Equipment Added:
10x 160W Solar Panel Kits
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 100A Charge Controller Core
1x Roof C-Box
1x 800Ah Signature Lithium Battery Bank
1x Victron MultiPlus 3000 Inverter/Charger Kit

 Victron Multiplus 3000VA inverter

Victron Multiplus 3000VA inverter

 BMV-702 Shunt and Lynx Distributor

BMV-702 Shunt and Lynx Distributor

 Victron Blue Solar MPPT 150|100 charge controller

Victron Blue Solar MPPT 150|100 charge controller

5/16/2017 - 2016 Newmar Dutchstar, 44'

This client’s RV was pre-wired by the manufacturer with 6-gauge cables, and an inverter.  We installed 960 watts of solar power, which is more than we would recommend for 6-gauge cable, so we had to take additional steps in order to make the system as efficient as possible.  With these under-sized cables, voltage would have been lost between the solar panels and the charge controller.  We installed the solar panels using series/parallel connections to increase the voltage, reducing the amount of voltage drop to less than 1%, which resulted in increased system performance.  This client will be able to run their residential refrigerator without using a generator or shore power.  

  Equipment added:   6x SF160 Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 85A System Core 1x BMV-702 Shunt Controlled Battery Monitor

Equipment added:
6x SF160 Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 85A System Core
1x BMV-702 Shunt Controlled Battery Monitor

 Victron MPP controller and BMV-702 battery monitor

Victron MPP controller and BMV-702 battery monitor

 Charge Controller Placement

Charge Controller Placement

 Original Battery Bank

Original Battery Bank

5/8/2017 - 2003 Holiday Rambler Neptune, 36’

These clients decided to give up their traditional lifestyle, sold most of their belongings, and moved full time into their RV.  They also work out of their RV now.  We installed 1280 watts of solar power, which allows them to run their air conditioner, washer and dryer, microwave, and anything else they plug into their outlets without being powered by a generator or shore power (for a short period of time).  They put as many solar panels on their roof as possible in order to maximize their solar power, and reduced their need to run a generator or connect to shore power.

  Equipment Added:  8x SF160 Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 85A System Core 1x 600Ah Victron Signature Lithium Battery Bank 1x Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter/Charger Kit

Equipment Added:
8x SF160 Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 85A System Core
1x 600Ah Victron Signature Lithium Battery Bank
1x Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter/Charger Kit

 Inverter and Lithium Battery

Inverter and Lithium Battery

 Charge Controller

Charge Controller

 BMS

BMS

5/01/2017 - 2013 Newmar Mountain Aire, 40'

In systems with AGM batteries we like to have close to a 1:1 ratio of solar panel watts to battery bank amp-hours.  Too little solar, and your batteries won’t get up to a full charge as often as needed for healthy operation.  Not enough battery amp-hours, and your charge controller will throttle down the solar input to keep from over charging full batteries which means your panels aren’t fully being utilized.  This Class A motorhome hits the sweet spot with 1280W of solar and 1200Ah of battery capacity.  (This does not apply to lithium batteries, because lithium batteries don’t need a regular charge.  You can install as many amp-hours of lithium batteries as you can afford and it doesn’t matter how much solar you have on your roof.)

  Equipment Added:  8x  SF160 Solar Panel Kits  1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron SmartSolar MPPT 150/100 System Core 8x 300Ah AGM GPL 6CTs 6V Batteries 1x BMV-702 Battery Monitor 1x BlueTooth Smart Dongle

Equipment Added:
8x SF160 Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron SmartSolar MPPT 150/100 System Core
8x 300Ah AGM GPL 6CTs 6V Batteries
1x BMV-702 Battery Monitor
1x BlueTooth Smart Dongle

 1200Ah of AGM Batteries

1200Ah of AGM Batteries

 Bluetooth Interface

Bluetooth Interface

 Charge Controller

Charge Controller

4/7/2017 – 2016 Thor Tuscany XTE, 40’

A powerful 960W solar charging system with an 800Ah AGM battery bank and battery monitor give this motorhome energy independence.  When parked for long periods, three of the 160W solar panels can be tilted toward the south to maximize solar production.  The Magnum BMK (Battery Monitor Kit) uses a shunt to measure current and communicates battery status to the existing ME-RC50 inverter/charger monitor.  The Victron charge controller in the system core conveys solar charging status to a smart phone.  Unless these clients need to run their air conditioner for several hours, they won’t have to worry about plugging into shore power.

  Equipment Added:  6x 160W Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Signature 100A System Core 1x BlueTooth Smart Dongle 3x 19.5" Tilt Bar Sets 1x Magnum Monitor ME-BMK 4x AGM-GPL-L116 6V 400Ah Batteries

Equipment Added:
6x 160W Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Signature 100A System Core
1x BlueTooth Smart Dongle
3x 19.5" Tilt Bar Sets
1x Magnum Monitor ME-BMK
4x AGM-GPL-L116 6V 400Ah Batteries

 Victron Charge Controller

Victron Charge Controller

 Existing Magnum Inverter/Charger

Existing Magnum Inverter/Charger

 Magnum BMK

Magnum BMK

4/17/2017 – 2006 Fleetwood Revolution, 41'

This client won’t be able to run their air conditioner ALL the time, but they will be able to do a couple hours per day with the 1280W solar charging kit, 3000W inverter and 600Ah lithium battery system.

 Equipment Added: 8x SF160 Panel Kits 3x 19.5" Tilt Bar Sets 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPTS 100A Core 1x 3000VA Victron MultiPlus Inverter 1x 600Ah Signature Lithium Battery Bank 2x GPL-3100T Starter Batteries

Equipment Added:
8x SF160 Panel Kits
3x 19.5" Tilt Bar Sets
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPTS 100A Core
1x 3000VA Victron MultiPlus Inverter
1x 600Ah Signature Lithium Battery Bank
2x GPL-3100T Starter Batteries

 Battery Bay

Battery Bay

 Inverter, Charge Controller, Lithium Battery System, starter batteries

Inverter, Charge Controller, Lithium Battery System, starter batteries

3/15/2017 - 2014 Newmar Baystar, 28'

It is surprising that after being in the RV solar installation business for as long as we have that we still make regular discoveries regarding odd factoring wiring/components or cable routing challenges.  Despite these obstacles we are still able to deliver.  This client for example, with five 160W solar panels will now be able run a residential refrigerator and power an entertainment center.  The Tri-Metric monitor will allow them to view battery status down to the amp-hour and the Bluetooth dongle will send solar charging system data to a smart phone.

  Equipment Added:   5x SF160 Solar Panels 3x 19.5" Tilt Bar Sets 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 70A (Sub 70A controller for a 50A controller) 1x BlueTooth Smart Dongle 1x Monitor Tri-Metric 2030A 1x Tri-Metric Wire Harness Complete

Equipment Added:
5x SF160 Solar Panels
3x 19.5" Tilt Bar Sets
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 70A (Sub 70A controller for a 50A controller)
1x BlueTooth Smart Dongle
1x Monitor Tri-Metric 2030A
1x Tri-Metric Wire Harness Complete

 Victron 50A MPPT charge controller

Victron 50A MPPT charge controller

 Tri-Metric Battery Monitor

Tri-Metric Battery Monitor

 Roof mount combiner box

Roof mount combiner box

3/8/2017 - 2000 Monaco Imperial, 40'

With a 640W solar charging system, this client can now run a residential refrigerator, lights and some TV usage from energy captured by the solar panels.  As a part of the system core that we regularly install, the client will also be able to monitor their battery bank and determine remaining charge to the Amp-hour.

  Equipment Added:   4x SF160 Solar Panels 1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 40A System Core

Equipment Added:
4x SF160 Solar Panels
1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 40A System Core

 Blue Sky 3024iL Solar Charge Controller

Blue Sky 3024iL Solar Charge Controller

 Existing Flooded Battery Bank

Existing Flooded Battery Bank

 Roof mount combiner box

Roof mount combiner box

3/10/2017 - 2003 Country Coach Allure, 33'

We recommend four 160W solar panels when running a residential refrigerator, but sometimes you can get away with three if you aren’t running many other loads and you camp in sunny areas.  With the Magnum hybrid inverter, this client can draw power from shore power and the battery bank at the same time.  This makes a lot of sense when connected to a 15A source and you want to run large loads like air conditioners. 

  Equipment Added:   4x SF160 Solar Panels 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 40A (2ga) System Core 2x 19.5" Tilt Bar Sets 1x Magnum MSH3012M Hybrid Inverter 1x Magnum Remote ME-RC50

Equipment Added:
4x SF160 Solar Panels
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 40A (2ga) System Core
2x 19.5" Tilt Bar Sets
1x Magnum MSH3012M Hybrid Inverter
1x Magnum Remote ME-RC50

 Solar panel leads going to the roof mount combiner box

Solar panel leads going to the roof mount combiner box

 Magnum 3012 Hybrid Inverter

Magnum 3012 Hybrid Inverter

 AC Breaker Box

AC Breaker Box

3/2/17 - 2016 Thor Palazzo, 34'

This client got a 640W Solar charging system with a 2000W inverter/charger.  A system like this is capable of running a residential refrigerator, microwave and blender.  Because a 70A charge controller was used, this system can be expanded in the future with the addition of two more 160W solar panels.

  Equipment Added:   4x SF160 Solar Panels 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 70A System Core 1x Victron MPPT Control System Monitor 1x Magnum MS2000 Inverter/Charger

Equipment Added:
4x SF160 Solar Panels
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 70A System Core
1x Victron MPPT Control System Monitor
1x Magnum MS2000 Inverter/Charger

 Victron 70A MPPT charge controller

Victron 70A MPPT charge controller

 Combiner box, with room for expansion

Combiner box, with room for expansion

 Magnum MS2000 Inverter

Magnum MS2000 Inverter

2/24/2017 - 2010 Tiffin Phaeton, 42'

This client now enjoys the latest Bluetooth monitoring technology with their 800W solar charger and 640Ah AGM battery bank.  Charging current, battery voltage, remaining battery capacity and battery temperature can all be read through the Victron Connect app on a smart phone.
 

  Equipment Added:  5x SF160 Solar Panels 3x 19.5" Tilt Bar Sets 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 70A 1x Bluetooth Smart Dongle 1x Victron BMV-702 1x Bluetooth Smart Dongle 6x AGM 220Ah 4CTs  

Equipment Added:
5x SF160 Solar Panels
3x 19.5" Tilt Bar Sets
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 70A
1x Bluetooth Smart Dongle
1x Victron BMV-702
1x Bluetooth Smart Dongle
6x AGM 220Ah 4CTs
 

 Magnum Inverter

Magnum Inverter

 800W of SF160 Solar Panels

800W of SF160 Solar Panels

 660Ah battery bank

660Ah battery bank