We own a 2007 Safari 25 LS SE. We recently purchased two Lion Energy UT1300 LiFePO4 batteries from Costco for $1400
, and have replaced the lead-acid batteries. They work well and we are happy with them.
Now we want to be able to properly charge them using shore power and, ideally, our solar panels. I have read some threads and I understand (at least I *think* I understand) that I need to purchase a new charger and install it. (I am thinking a 30A MPPT charger.)
The wrinkle here is that I want to relocate the batteries to the interior of the trailer, preferably to the rear under the dinette seating on the street (i.e. driver's) side. One of the reasons I want to do this is to remove the charger and it's potential fan noise from under the front queen bed.
Do I need to move the entire converter/charger system? Or can the new charger be installed remotely from the current location successfully?
Separately, I have three 100W Lion Energy solar panels
. These are designed for Lion's products (for example their Safari ME solar generator
which we own), and each produces around 52V VOC (open current voltage, i.e. voltage with no load on the panel). I would like to charge my LiFePO4 batteries from two of these panels. I have found some MPPT chargers that can accept up to 100V and am considering also installing one. I do not understand how to install both of these chargers, and ask for advice.
Thanks in advance!