Newmar

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

9/8/17 – 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

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

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

2/3/2017 - 2014 Newmar Canyon Star Road Hauler w/ 10' Garage, 36'

This client opted for a unique configuration with his lithium batteries and had us put them inside, under the couch.  Wiring was extremely challenging but the installation was a success.

Equipment Added:   600Ah Signature Lithium Battery System 1x Victron MultiPlus 3000 Inverter 6x SF160 Solar Panels 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron 150/70A System Core

Equipment Added:
600Ah Signature Lithium Battery System
1x Victron MultiPlus 3000 Inverter
6x SF160 Solar Panels
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron 150/70A System Core

Lithium under couch

Lithium under couch

System Monitors

System Monitors

Solar charge controller

Solar charge controller

8/29/2016 - 2013 Newmar Ventana 360HP, 34'

This customer purchased a 3024DiL controller and 2x SF160 solar panels from us and did most of the installation himself. We finished the job by adding a temp sense to his controller and a new bank of AGM batteries.

Equipment Added:  4x 6V 4CT 220Ah AGM Batteries 1X Blue Sky Temp Sense 1x IPN Pro Remote Shunt Kit (minus the shunt)

Equipment Added:
4x 6V 4CT 220Ah AGM Batteries
1X Blue Sky Temp Sense
1x IPN Pro Remote Shunt Kit (minus the shunt)

AGM Batteries

AGM Batteries

Customer installed shunt

Customer installed shunt

Blue Sky Charge Controller

Blue Sky Charge Controller

9/8/2016 – 2015 Newmar Bay Star, 29'

This customer wanted to be able to run larger loads like a microwave or a blender from their battery bank so we added a 2000W pure sine inverter along with a 480W solar charging system.  The roof mount combiner box was prepped for easily adding a 4th panel in the future. Batteries weren't added, but preparation was made to the battery bank for future expansion. 

Solar Panel Layout

Solar Panel Layout

Magnum MS2000 Inverter

Magnum MS2000 Inverter

Blue Sky 3024IL Charge Controller

Blue Sky 3024IL Charge Controller

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

5/27/2016 - 2016 Newmar Dutch Star 4002, 41'

This class A motorhome received a very powerful 1400W solar charging system with a Victron MPPT system core.

Equipment Added: 14x  SP100 Solar Panel Kits  (1,400W of Solar) 1x  Roof Box  1x Victron BlueSolar MPPT150/100-Tr 1x  Victron MPPT Control Monitor  1x  Victron BMV-702

Equipment Added:
14x SP100 Solar Panel Kits (1,400W of Solar)
1x Roof Box
1x Victron BlueSolar MPPT150/100-Tr
1x Victron MPPT Control Monitor
1x Victron BMV-702

Victron MPPT 150|100 charge controller

Victron MPPT 150|100 charge controller

Victron BMV-702 Battery Monitor Shunt

Victron BMV-702 Battery Monitor Shunt

Victron MPPT Control and BMV-702 monitors

Victron MPPT Control and BMV-702 monitors

6/14/2016 - 2016 Newmar Ventana, 34'

For the ambitious do-it-yourselfers out there who are overwhelmed by doing a full solar installation, consider having AM Solar do a partial install. In this case, we’ve secured the panels and routed the solar cables.  The owner intends to tackle the remainder of the project, which will include a Victron charge controller and lithium battery system.  This saves the customer time and money, while giving them a head start on their solar project and control over the installation process.

960 Watts of  SF160 panels  connected in three parallel groups of two in series, Utilizing two roof mount combiner boxes

960 Watts of SF160 panels connected in three parallel groups of two in series,
Utilizing two roof mount combiner boxes