Dutchstar

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

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

7/22/2016 – 2015 Newmar Dutch Star, 40’

We installed 1,120W of solar through a Victron charge controller on this Class A motorhome.  Routing solar cables through vehicles like this can be especially challenging but we were lucky to find a path through a bathroom cabinet.  Special care had to be taken with the cables and shunt to preserve the functionality of the sliding battery rack. 

Equipment added:  7x SF160 solar panel kits with tall 3-Hole L feet 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 150|100 system core 1x Victron MPPT Control Kit 1x Monitor-VTBMV Victron Battery Monitor BMV-702 1x 19.5" Tilt Bar Set   

Equipment added:
7x SF160 solar panel kits with tall 3-Hole L feet
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 150|100 system core
1x Victron MPPT Control Kit
1x Monitor-VTBMV Victron Battery Monitor BMV-702
1x 19.5" Tilt Bar Set

 

1,120W of 160W solar panels

1,120W of 160W solar panels

Victron MPPT 150|100 Charge Controller

Victron MPPT 150|100 Charge Controller

Battery Monitor and Solar Control

Battery Monitor and Solar Control