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