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Spike last won the day on January 15 2019

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  1. Mossey, here is my best attempt to photograph the battery bank and monitor area. Sorry about the battery-bank photos. Access is surely limited with the way in which my tech had to cram in the Battle Borns on their ends. I think that I understand that the problem with the monitor not registering the full charge when charged with the supplementary solar panels is that the shunt is not able to "see" the current along with the voltage. I suspect, however, that my tech still may not have wired the system correctly. Before I tried hooking up the supplementary 180-watt Zamp solar panels, the monitor never demonstrated that it had synced even when it showed that it had been fully charged--usually around 10AM. I hope these photos suffice in helping you identify the problem. Thanks. IMG_3245.HEIC IMG_3246.HEIC IMG_3247.HEIC IMG_3248.HEIC IMG_3249.HEIC IMG_3250.HEIC IMG_3244.HEIC IMG_3243.HEIC IMG_3242.HEIC IMG_3241.HEIC
  2. Mossey, I think that I understand the bit about the placement of the solar panel alligator clips not engaging with the shunt. (My tech originally misplaced the wiring when he installed the system but corrected it after I discovered the problem.) Nonetheless, shouldn't the monitor at least register the battery voltage (up to 14.4 volts) and react accordingly? I will attempt to post photos tomorrow. Thanks a bunch for that link. I've bookmarked the site. I will explore it and possible post my issue there.
  3. Thanks, mossemi. I am familiar with the Battle Born guidelines for the Victron monitor. I have double-checked my settings with a Dragonfly Energy (Battle Born manufacturer) representative, with whom I have spoken on the phone a couple of times now about the quirky readings. One issue is that the monitor shows no auto syntonizations which, according to the Victron manual, is needed to keep the monitor accurate. For several days, the monitor displayed that my battery bank was fully charged by my solar around 10:00 AM each morning even though it also showed that my batteries were less than 100%--diminishing about 1/2 percent each day. Also, the Zamp, SeeLevel, and Victron monitor most often displayed about 13.6 voltages in the middle of the day, which seems to be the standard reading for a full battery. The rep suggested that I manually set the monitor to 100%, which I did. I recently purchased a 180-watt portable solar system from Zamp, which I have connected (about four times now) to the batteries using the alligator clips. Within an hour or so, the monitor on the portable unit, the Victron monitor, and the Zamp monitor in the cabin all display about 14.4 volts before the monitor on the portable unit displays "FUL" and reveals that it is in float mode at about 13.8 volts. According to the Victron manual, this should cause the monitor to synchronize, but it has never displayed that it has done so. Also. now, in the last few days, the Victron monitor does not display that the batteries received a full charge. Even though all of the monitors reveal that the batteries have been fully charged one day, the next day it reads that the batteries received their last full charge days in the past, for instance, will read something like "Last Full Charge: 3D1h." I left a voicemail message with the Battle Born rep two days ago, and he has not yet returned my call. He is perhaps tired of trying to help me. I called Zamp, and a rep there immediately answered the phone. (Zamp seems to have really good customer service, but Victron apparently does not provide direct support to end-users and installers.) He said that he did not have detailed information about the Victron monitor, but he did suggest that I might try deleting the app and downloading it again on my phone. I am somewhat hesitant to do so, fearing that it might not sync with my monitor. I was hoping to get more advice from the Battle Born rep who has not yet returned my call. If you or anyone else has some insight into these quirking readings of the monitor, please let me know. And thanks for explaining the busbar.
  4. The only photo that might help in the least would be that of my Battle Born batteries (see mention of their installation below). Here are the components that I had my RV tech install: 1. 4 BBGC2 Battle Born batteries, 100Ah GC2 2. 1 BAM030712000 Victron BMV-712 Battery Monitor 3. 1 PD4045LICSV Progressive Dynamics Replacements 4000 Series 45 Amp Lithium (converter/charger) 4. 1 Micro-Air EasyStart™ 364 Soft Starter with install kit (inside of the Dometic air conditioner) After this installation, I discovered that—since my AC was wired to function only when connected to shore power—the AC would not run off of the new batteries. With the Battle Born lithiums, I’m hoping to eventually be able to run an AC without shore power, and with great advice from a few smart folks on the forum (check out discussions of the Houghton by RecPro), I think that I have come up with a way to do just that. It involves switching out my Dometic AC for a Houghton, which is much quieter and uses less power. I have purchased the following components which my RV tech has agreed to install in early February: From RecPro (9.5K AC): https://www.recpro.com/rv-air-conditioner-low-profile-9-5k-quiet-ac-with-remote-control-non-ducted/ From Amazon (Transfer Switch): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IKVHA9K/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 From Amazon (Heat-Only Thermostat): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00204WWGE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 Here is part of the instructions I will be giving to my tech: 1. Install Houghton using best foam for noise reduction. 2. Reinstall soft start from Dometic to Houghton. 3. Install Zamp solar port in battery compartment door and to battery bank (some say to the busses, whatever they are) 4. Install transfer switch to allow AC to run off of inverter. 5. Wire system so new thermostat controls furnace. 6. Test to make sure batteries and inverter can now run AC I have also recently purchased a 180-watt portable solar system from Zamp. I wanted this because now that I have a larger battery bank, I want to be able to fill it more quickly. I'm testing it now (connected to the battery bank with alligator clips) while I type. Note: My tech called me—when trying to replace the 4 6-volt AGM batteries with the 4 Battle Born lithiums—to tell me that the Battle Borns would not fit in the battery compartment. After some consultation with the Battle Born (Dragonfly Energy) representative, he got them to fit by placing them on their ends. Thus far, all seems to be working, with the exception of the Victron monitor which has been giving me some quirky readings that I am still attempting to understand. I hope this helps. I will try to post a report on the forum after my tech has completed the work. P.S. Since our hull is #222, I like it that yours is #333.
  5. What a good suggestion. Thanks. I'm getting one. I already have the Water Bandit, which is also a good suggestion.
  6. Thanks to all who have given their advice. I apologize for not recognizing your helpful comments before. For some reason, I did not get any email notifications of these responses as I have in the past, and I couldn't find them by clicking on this site's "notifications." I assumed that no one had responded, which was dumb, as I have always, in the past, received abundant helpful responses when I had questions. As SeaDawg put it, there are "many ways to skin this cat." I have incorporated many of your suggestions. Just to let you know, this is what I have done and/or what I now plan on doing: 1. I have ordered the Zamp portable 180 Watt Portable Solar Kit and solar port (I'm impressed with the Zamp support I have previously received with solar issues, and most reviews have praised the company for its quality, warranty, etc.). 2. I will have my tech place the solar port in the battery compartment door. 3. I will have my tech wire the port to the battery negative and positive busses. In addition, I will consider upgrading later to the Victron MPPT, and I have already purchased the Emerson thermostat that John recommended. I hope to soon be set for some great boondocking. Thank you, everyone.
  7. We own and like to boondock in our 2017 LE2 (Hull #222) with the standard solar panels on the roof. I have upgraded to four Battle Born lithium batteries, Progressive Dynamics Replacements 4000 Series 45 Amp Lithium Converter, and Vitron BMV-712 Battery Monitor, giving us 400AH. I will soon have my RV tech switch out the standard Dometic air conditioner for the Houghton RV Air Conditioner (Low Profile 9.5k Quiet AC Unit). Thanks to previous advice given to me by Oliver owners, I am confident that we will soon be able to run the Houghton AC with our 2000 watt inverter. I plan to have my tech add another transfer switch to operate the AC circuit and replace the LCD thermostat with a manual style to do away with the LCD relay board. We should be able to run the AC on its own remote and still be able to control the furnace. I am now interested in purchasing a “suitcase” solar system to supplement our rooftop solar. While the new Oliver units seem to come with external solar ports, I am left wondering how best to make this upgrade possible. (I will not be doing this work myself but want to direct my tech--who will be making the modification--the best I can.) My questions are thus: 1. Is the solar port and solar panel kit listed below appropriate to help us get extra solar to charge our battery bank? 2. Where is the best external location to place the solar port? 3. What is the best way to wire the port to enable it to coordinate with the existing solar system: batteries, charger, and monitor? I look forward to any helpful advice, suggestions, and comments. Thank you. Here are the components I am considering purchasing for this project: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GNMPZZG/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_3?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GNNC34Q/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_7?smid=A2L77EE7U53NWQ&psc=1
  8. Hey, that's what we named our Tundra and Oliver. Stan and Ollie got hitched in Hohenwald and crossed the Big Divide together to travel the wide open West.
  9. Thanks, Overland. I am giving this a thought and will be looking into those products.
  10. When you do that placement, John, please post a photo of that spectacle.
  11. Thanks, Geronimo for that reminder. I think that I will save myself that task by keeping it tucked away between the hulls for the time being.
  12. I would like to switch out our yellowish shades that came with our 2017 model with the white ones. Did you order them from Oliver? Also, if you don't mind telling me, what was the approximate cost of the upgrade? By the way, I took my shades off, tightened the their clutching ability by placing small dry wall anchors in the corners to stretch the strings to increase the tension. I also used pliers to tighten the clamps, for our shades tended work their way loose. After that, I placed them back on the frames but upside down from the way they were placed at the factory. This allows for more privacy: When putting them partially up, folks outside might see your face but not your middle. Also when traveling with the shades down, when one steps inside the cabin it is full of light .
  13. That is right, we don't use the Andersen. No problems with sway, but shortly after this photo was taken, I did install the Hayes Sway Master. It senses sway and applies the trailer brakes when it does. It has only engaged twice since I've installed it--once when the trailer hit a pot hole on a turn, and once when I had to swerve to miss a car driven be a teenage girl texting on the freeway that swerved into my lane. We still have the original (2017) bulldog coupler and have no problem opening the Tundra's tailgate. With the Sway Master and a good tire pressure monitoring system, I feel rather confident about towing the Ollie with these two safety additions.
  14. We now have Battle Born lithium batteries (with 400AH) and a Victron BMV-712 battery monitor. The Bluetooth signal is only good for about 20ft, which is fine when camping. When we're not camping, our Ollie is parked about 100ft from the house powered only by the batteries being charged by the solar panels. We are looking for a way to extend the Bluetooth signals from the camper to the house. I am wondering if there is an available device to boost the signal, a repeater of some kind. Does anyone have any experience with this? Can someone recommend a product?
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