Winnebago

5/29/18 - Winnebago Travato, 21’

This client came to us equipped with a Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station, a Zamp 100W solar panel, and a 30A Zamp charge controller.  Her primary use for the Yeti 400 Power Station was to power her CPAP machine, which she was able to do for about 2 nights before it needed to be recharged.  She used the Zamp solar system to power her refrigerator, but 100W wasn’t enough to keep up with the refrigerator’s power needs.  We upgraded her solar system to 260W using a Zamp 170W panel, and a Zamp 90W panel, which we bolted together using two angle aluminum bars.  We installed a conveniently placed outlet for her CPAP machine, which is now powered directly from her house batteries, along with her refrigerator.  Now she has a solar power system that meets her energy usage needs without the worry of charging the Yeti 400, or her food getting warm.

Equipment Added:  1x ZS170 Solar Panel Kit 1x ZS90 Solar Panel Kit 1x Roof Combiner Box 1x Victron SmartSolar MPPT 30A Charge Controller Core 1x Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor

Equipment Added:
1x ZS170 Solar Panel Kit
1x ZS90 Solar Panel Kit
1x Roof Combiner Box
1x Victron SmartSolar MPPT 30A Charge Controller Core
1x Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor

Solar Array Top

Solar Array Top

Solar Array Bottom

Solar Array Bottom

5/22/18 – 2016 Winnebago View, 24’

This client asked us to install as much solar power as possible on the roof of their Winnebago View.  The space was pretty limited, but we managed to install three Zamp Solar 170W solar panels, providing a total of 510W of solar power.  Ideally, we would recommend a 400Ah battery bank with this system to provide enough power to manage their frequent microwave and hair dryer use.  Due to space constraints there was only enough room for a 300Ah battery bank, which we placed underneath their top step.  Due to the height of the LifeLine AGM batteries we had to modify the lid to the compartment housing the batteries so that the battery terminals were not going to be touching a metal lid.  With this accomplished, they are able to use their microwave and hair dryer, they will just want to monitor their power usage to ensure they are not draining their batteries more quickly than they would like.  

Equipment Added:  3x Zamp Solar 170W Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof Combiner Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 50A Charge Controller Core 2x AGM GPL 6CT 300Ah Batteries 1x Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor 1x Victron MultiPlus 12/3000VA Inverter 1x Victron Color Control GX Monitor

Equipment Added:
3x Zamp Solar 170W Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof Combiner Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 50A Charge Controller Core
2x AGM GPL 6CT 300Ah Batteries
1x Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor
1x Victron MultiPlus 12/3000VA Inverter
1x Victron Color Control GX Monitor

300Ah Battery Bank

300Ah Battery Bank

Inverter, Charge Controller, Monitor

Inverter, Charge Controller, Monitor

Storage Bay

Storage Bay

Solar Array

Solar Array

9/26/17 – 2008 Winnebago View, 24’

This client was looking for something small and relatively inexpensive to keep his batteries charged and in good health.  To accomplish his goal, we installed 360W of solar charging power along with a 25A Blue Sky charge controller.  He’ll also be able to use the added solar power to help run some light DC loads.

Equipment Added:  2x SF180 Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof Combiner Box 1x SunRunner Gold MPPT 30A Charge Controller Core  

Equipment Added:
2x SF180 Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof Combiner Box
1x SunRunner Gold MPPT 30A Charge Controller Core
 

Charge Controller

Charge Controller

Solar Panels

Solar Panels

8/31/17 – 2016 Winnebago View, 25.5’

The pictures in this post show the steps we had to take in order to upgrade this client’s battery bank from two 12V wet cell batteries connected in parallel (150Ah) to their new battery bank comprised of two 6V Lifeline AGM GPL 6CT batteries (300Ah) connected in series. The battery bay was too small to accommodate the new AGMs without modifying the bay lid. A plasma cutter was used to remove most of the metal top of the battery bay so that the battery terminals would not touch the metal lid. Now there is just enough room for the new the batteries to fit, thus doubling their battery capacity as a result.

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Equipment Added:
1x SF180 Solar Panel Kit
1x Roof Combiner Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 25A Charge Controller Core
2x AGM GPL 6CTs 300Ah Batteries

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8/31/17 – 2016 Winnebago Era, 24’

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. 

Equipment Added:  3x SP100 Solar Panel Kits 1x Roof Combiner Box 1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 25A Charge Controller Core 1x Victron Phoenix Inverter Kit 1x Portable Panel Plug and Wall Receipt 1x Zamp 120W Folding Solar Panel with Case

Equipment Added:
3x SP100 Solar Panel Kits
1x Roof Combiner Box
1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 25A Charge Controller Core
1x Victron Phoenix Inverter Kit
1x Portable Panel Plug and Wall Receipt
1x Zamp 120W Folding Solar Panel with Case

300W roof mount solar charging system

300W roof mount solar charging system

External plug for portable panel

External plug for portable panel

Zamp Folding Panel

Zamp Folding Panel

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

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2/15/2017 - 2016 Winnebago Sunstar LX27N, 27'

This class A motorhome got a 640W Solar charging system with a 440Ah AGM battery bank and a 2000W pure sine inverter.  In addition to powering their refrigerator, our clients will now be able to run appliances like a microwave, a blender, a coffee maker, etc. without turning on the generator.

Equipment Added:  4x SF160 Solar Panels 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 40A System Core 1x MS2000 Inverter/Charger Complete Kit 4x 6V 220Ah AGM 4CT Batteries

Equipment Added:
4x SF160 Solar Panels
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 40A System Core
1x MS2000 Inverter/Charger Complete Kit
4x 6V 220Ah AGM 4CT Batteries

System Monitors

System Monitors

AGM Batteries and Bluy Sky charge controller

AGM Batteries and Bluy Sky charge controller

Fuse panel

Fuse panel

11/11/16 - 2015 Winnebago Vista, 28'

This coach came to us with a complex battery management system that had to be bypassed with a network of diodes in order for the lithium battery bank to function.  It was a challenging install, but everything worked out in the end.  The customer now has a 960W solar charger with a 300Ah lithium battery bank and a 3000VA inverter.

Equipment Added:  6x SF160 Solar Panels 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 70A System Core 1x Victron MultiPlus 12/3000 Inverter/Charger 1x Victron Digital Multi Control 1x 300Ah Signature Lithium Battery System

Equipment Added:
6x SF160 Solar Panels
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 70A System Core
1x Victron MultiPlus 12/3000 Inverter/Charger
1x Victron Digital Multi Control
1x 300Ah Signature Lithium Battery System

300Ah Lithium Battery System

300Ah Lithium Battery System

Inverter and charge controller

Inverter and charge controller

System Monitor

System Monitor

9/8/2016 - 2017 Winnebago View, 24’

This customer wanted a simple solar charging system added to their rig.  They were very familiar with Bogart Engineering equipment and opted for the Tri-Metric 2030A, rather than the Blue Sky IPN PRO Remote.

320W Solar Charging System

320W Solar Charging System

Blue Sky 3000i Charge Controller

Blue Sky 3000i Charge Controller

Tri-Metric Battery Monitor

Tri-Metric Battery Monitor

8/10/2016 - 2004 Winnebago Sightseer, 34'

This is one of our more powerful AGM battery systems.  It features a 900Ah battery bank with a 1280W solar charging system using one of our Victron system cores.  A system like this is capable of running a residential refrigerator and many other appliances without shore power.

Equipment Added:  8x SF160 Solar Panels 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 100A system core 1x Victron MPPT Control Monitor 1x Victron BMV-702 Battery Monitor  6x 300Ah 6CT AGM batteries

Equipment Added:
8x SF160 Solar Panels
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 100A system core
1x Victron MPPT Control Monitor
1x Victron BMV-702 Battery Monitor
6x 300Ah 6CT AGM batteries

900Ah AGM Battery Bank

900Ah AGM Battery Bank

Victron System Monitors

Victron System Monitors

Victron Charge Controller

Victron Charge Controller

8/5/2016 – 2004 Winnebago Sightseer, 30’

This customer has conservative power consumption habits and wanted to be able to dry camp more.  Now, with the 640W solar charger and 2000W pure sine inverter, they will be able to run a microwave and toaster without a shore power connection.

Equipment Added:  4x SF160 Solar Panels 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 40A System Core 1x Magnum MS2000 Inverter 1x Magnum Remote ME-RC50   

Equipment Added:
4x SF160 Solar Panels
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 40A System Core
1x Magnum MS2000 Inverter
1x Magnum Remote ME-RC50

 

Magnum MS2000 Inverter in custom enclosure

Magnum MS2000 Inverter in custom enclosure

Lifeline AGM Batteries

Lifeline AGM Batteries

BlueSky 3024iL charge controller

BlueSky 3024iL charge controller

7/26/2016 - 2017 Winnebago Navion 24J, 25.5'

Along with 300W of solar and new batteries, we relocated an electrical outlet for more convenient camping when not connected to shore power.

Equipment Added:  3x SF100 solar panels 1x 15.5" Tilt Bar Set 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 25A system core 2x AGM 4CT 220Ah batteries 1x Trik-L-Start charger 1x 15A/125V Outlet   

Equipment Added:
3x SF100 solar panels
1x 15.5" Tilt Bar Set
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Signature MPPT 25A system core
2x AGM 4CT 220Ah batteries
1x Trik-L-Start charger
1x 15A/125V Outlet

 

300W of solar panels

300W of solar panels

220Ah battery bank

220Ah battery bank

Blue Sky 2512ix-HV Charge Controller

Blue Sky 2512ix-HV Charge Controller

7/22/2016 – 2016 Winnebago Trend 23B, 23'

Another Signature Lithium battery system.  It took some neat wiring and fancy woodworking skills to install this power system.

Equipment Added:  3x SP100 solar panels 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 30A system core 1x Roof C-Box 1x 180Ah Signature Lithium Battery System 1x Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter Kit

Equipment Added:
3x SP100 solar panels
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 30A system core
1x Roof C-Box
1x 180Ah Signature Lithium Battery System
1x Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter Kit

300W of solar panels

300W of solar panels

Roof Mount Combiner Box

Roof Mount Combiner Box

Victron Color Control GX System Monitor

Victron Color Control GX System Monitor

7/16/2016 - 2008 Winnebago Vectra, 40’

This is the most sophisticated AM Solar installation ever.  The 1920W solar array was producing over 90A when the system was first activated (in overcast weather).  That high current, coming from dual 70A charge controllers, was fed onto a Victron 800Ah lithium battery bank where a 3000VA hybrid inverter would power all the comforts of home to this power plant on wheels.

Equipment Added:  12x SF160 Solar Panels 2x Roof C-Boxes 1x 19.5" tilt bar set 2x SunRunner Victron MPPT 70A system cores 1x Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter Kit 1x Victron 800Ah Signature Lithium Battery Bank 1x Progressive Ind. 50A Surge Protector w/display   

Equipment Added:
12x SF160 Solar Panels
2x Roof C-Boxes
1x 19.5" tilt bar set
2x SunRunner Victron MPPT 70A system cores
1x Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter Kit
1x Victron 800Ah Signature Lithium Battery Bank
1x Progressive Ind. 50A Surge Protector w/display

 

1920W of solar

1920W of solar

Class T fuses and high current switches

Class T fuses and high current switches

AC Wiring

AC Wiring

Dual Combiner Boxes

Dual Combiner Boxes

800Ah of lithium batteries

800Ah of lithium batteries

Battery Management System

Battery Management System

6/24/2016 - 2016, Winnebago Era 170X, 24’

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.

300W of solar panels

300W of solar panels

2000W Pure Sine Inverter System

2000W Pure Sine Inverter System

Solar Charge Controller and Batteries

Solar Charge Controller and Batteries