Some clients bring us rigs with very little work done in terms of making the van a viable place to live. An empty rig gives us plenty of options when it comes to strategizing the placement of our equipment, but we also want to make sure that our clients have some flexibility as they make changes. We completed this installation knowing that when the client ultimately builds out their rig they may need to move our equipment. This van was set up so that the client can relocate the components we installed (if needed) without much of a headache.
This client requested to have a portable panel installed along with an additional 300W of solar power on their roof. We provided a 120W portable panel from @zampsolar, and we installed a portable panel plug on their bumper for easy access. All they have to do is plug the panel in, put it a sunny area, and it will produce solar power. In the event they are parked in a shaded area they still have a way to harness the power of the sun.
This client wanted to be able to run his microwave, and he wanted all of his AC outlets to be functional when dry camping. The existing battery bank was not large enough to power the loads he was planning on running. It’s recommended that when running a heavy AC load (like a microwave) you want to have at least a 300Ah to 400Ah battery bank. We doubled the size of his battery bank (from 220Ah to 440Ah), installed a solar charging system and an inverter, which should give him the power he needs to be comfortable while dry camping.
Smaller RVs, like this Airstream Grand Tour, can provide some challenges when it comes to finding enough room to install all the necessary components without taking up too much of our client’s storage space. For this client, we were able to install the vast majority of their system underneath their couch (not the solar panels though), minimizing the footprint of the system. The Battery Management System we installed is removable, which can make upgrading much easier.
This client brought us an RV that was pre-wired for solar with 6-gauge cable, and a 2000W Magnum inverter. They also provided a Yakama rack that they asked us to install the solar panels on. We moved the batteries and inverter to a location better suited to maximize the efficiency of the system without compromising storage space. We installed two SF100W solar panels onto their Yakama rack using AM Solar rocker mounts along with customer provided Yakama SnapAround Roof Rack Mounting Brackets. The result is a one-of-a-kind solar installation job customized exactly how they requested, and designed to fit their specific needs.
This client had us add onto an existing setup consisting of a 2512iXL charge controller core and a set of AGMS. He now has a much more powerful solar charger and a 3000VA inverter capable of running a wide range of loads including a microwave and a coffee maker. The Bluetooth smart dongle allows monitoring of the system to take place wirelessly, with a smart phone.
This custom van conversion just got a 200W solar charging system with a 300Ah AGM battery bank and a 2000W inverter. Running a blender or microwave will be no problem.
This relatively simple installation involved 200W of solar through a PWM charge controller onto two AGM batteries. We added a 150W inverter for device charging along with a 12V/USB outlet.
This Class B rig came to us with two 12V 100Ah Group 31 AGM batteries externally mounted under each side of the chassis behind rear wheels. The owner, Roger, was very clever to route ropes through his frame to pull wires prior to him building out the interior. Roger also provided a shelf in the driver's rear wheel-well bay for mounting AM Solar inverter system.