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Old 10-17-2018, 10:49 AM   #1
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My Lithium/Solar Upgrade is Complete

My Lithium/Solar upgrade is complete so I thought I would post some pictures in case it might be helpful to someone else thinking about this. I did not do this myself, but spent a bunch of time with the guys that did, my primary takeaway is that I was glad I did not try doing this myself.
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:03 PM   #2
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That installation looks like artwork to me. It’s a shame to hide it.

Let us know how it performs after you get to use it. You are going to enjoy your solar powered Airstream. I have the same four solar panels with the same Victron 100/30 controller and continue to be impressed by their performance. I’m sitting under an overcast sky with nearly complete tree canopy as I type and am getting up to 80 Watts of solar and 6 Amps at the battery.
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That installation looks like artwork to me. It痴 a shame to hide it.

Let us know how it performs after you get to use it. You are going to enjoy your solar powered Airstream. I have the same four solar panels and Victron 100/30 and continue to be impressed by their performance.
Thanks! Job was complete last Wednesday and we left Friday to dry camp for 4 days at Cades Cove Campground in Great Smoky Mountain NP. The first 2 days, we ran microwave a couple times per day maybe 5 minutes total each day otherwise everything else dc usage but made no special effort to conserve. The system would draw down into the mid 80's on remaining power in the morning and the solar had it back to 100% by dark. The last 2 days we ran the Dometic Blizzard NXT 15,000 BTU on FAN ONLY for 10 hours Sunday night and 9 hours Monday night, everything else roughly the same usage. I ran the generator (Honda 2,000) for 3.5 hours Monday and left Tuesday morning with 51% Battery life remaining. The system worked flawlessly!
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Is Cades Cove is a shady place? I know most of the campgrounds in the smokies are shady. I spent some time in the area earlier this summer. Today I’m at Jeff Busby Campground on the Natchez Trace Parkway. That’s near your home. You May know the shade conditions here. Very little open sky to be found. But still my batteries should be fairly well charged by nightfall.
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Is Cades Cove is a shady place? I know most of the campgrounds in the smokies are shady. I spent some time in the area earlier this summer. Today I知 at Jeff Busby Campground on the Natchez Trace Parkway. That痴 near your home. You May know the shade conditions here. Very little open sky to be found. But still my batteries should be fairly well charged by nightfall.


We camped last weekend at Rocky Springs further south on the trace. We snagged a sunny site and managed to keep the old batteries charged. I'm installing a lithium this week and we may head to Jeff Busby Saturday.

My setup is nowhere near as nice as the op's! It does look like Art!
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Is Cades Cove is a shady place? I know most of the campgrounds in the smokies are shady. I spent some time in the area earlier this summer. Today I知 at Jeff Busby Campground on the Natchez Trace Parkway. That痴 near your home. You May know the shade conditions here. Very little open sky to be found. But still my batteries should be fairly well charged by nightfall.
I love driving the Natchez Trace, but I have never stayed there, how do you like your campground?

I would say our site was around 50% tree covered. Here's a picture of our site, although its hard to tell from the picture.
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We camped last weekend at Rocky Springs further south on the trace. We snagged a sunny site and managed to keep the old batteries charged. I'm installing a lithium this week and we may head to Jeff Busby Saturday.

My setup is nowhere near as nice as the op's! It does look like Art!
I値l probably be at Jeff Busby through the weekend so I値l be watching for you. I知 in the last campsite and there will be room next to me. We can have a solar system race!😊😊😊
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Question. What is the component just to the right of the fuse?
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I love driving the Natchez Trace, but I have never stayed there, how do you like your campground?

I would say our site was around 50% tree covered. Here's a picture of our site, although its hard to tell from the picture.
This is a great campground. Tree canopy looks similar to your picture. Swing over here this weekend and we値l have a mini-rally on the Trace.
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I would love to be there, unfortunately, I will be in a HOTEL in Louisville, KY.
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Question. What is the component just to the right of the fuse?
Are you referring to the Lynx Distributor? If so, I believe it monitors the condition/status of the fuses.
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Very nice - very similar to my install. You are going to enjoy the 600ah and having full residential power whenever, wherever you like.

Who did the work? Looks like AM Soar....

Did they located the equipment in the front or rear of the trailer? (just curious)
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Very nice - very similar to my install. You are going to enjoy the 600ah and having full residential power whenever, wherever you like.

Who did the work? Looks like AM Soar....

Did they located the equipment in the front or rear of the trailer? (just curious)
Gateway Engineering did the work for me. We located the equipment in the front bedroom, and I used this as an opportunity to convert from a queen bed to twins.
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Are you referring to the Lynx Distributor? If so, I believe it monitors the condition/status of the fuses.


Not that. I am thinking it's your shunt, all of mine are dumb and don't have 12V+ going to them. Yours must be one of them smart 'un's

Very nice install.

I just installed my BB 100ah battery and Boondocker charger. $1,100 worth of stuff and it only took 1:30. Kind of a fast, expensive weight loss program.

As soon as I powered it up, the Trimetric went straight to 40amps charging, climbed to 14.5 volts then idled back to 1 amp. All in about 2 minutes. Now THATS what I wanted!
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