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  1. If both panels are the same (or close in specs) you are better off running them in series. This increases your voltage but not your amperage. Since your controller is downstream from the port it will see the low amperage before it gets to your controller where it increases. John
  2. I've had the Iceco VL75Pro for about a year. Works great, has the danfoss compressor and I paid about $870 bucks with a coupon. I have a similar setup to Steve with solar to charge a battery in the truck bed that then powers the fridge. With partial sun it will run indefinitely.
  3. This stuff is great for the outdoor lights. Makes them dimmer and less harsh. John Lamin-x One 4 inch x 8 inch... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CXWPO72?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
  4. This trifold panel setup I made weighs about 45 lbs. 300 watts for around $305. I added a victron 100/50 that connects to the zamp port for easy deployment. The panels are Bougerv. John
  5. Thanks for the info guys. I measured the towel rack that is currently in the cutout and the outside dimensions are 19x13. Did y'all have to enlarge that hole to install the hatch. I assume everyone has used that 12x24 in hatch that was posted in another thread. John
  6. So I just got the separate shower valves and a new shower head to do this mod. Can someone tell me what I am going to find when I take the towel rack/cubby out of the vanity. I am assuming just 2 pex lines (hot and cold) with a valve going to a 1/2 inch NPT with supply lines to the faucet as pictured above. I am planning on adding a T to those vales and hopefully that will be it. These will be the first big holes I have put in the fiberglass. What is the preferred method for doing this. I was going to use a hole saw on my drill. Any other techniques or gotchas to be aware of. Thanks, John
  7. Yeah yeah, I know it is too long and I knew it would be pointed out when I posted it.😁 I have blanks so I can just cut the cable to length and re-crimp it but for some reason I haven't gotten back to do it yet. 🤷‍♂️. Now I am motivated!!! John
  8. Hey Mike, you are correct. I have the 3000 wax XC Pro. I have noted the picture below. The 4/0 cable used to come from the battery negative to the chassis ground. When I installed the Lynx I removed all the wire from the battery compartment except for the 2 4/0 cables that come from the batteries to the lynx. Luckily when I removed the 4/0 cable from the battery negative that went to the chassis it was just long enough to be able to be installed (albeit awkwardly) to the negative bus on the lynx which saved me from making another 4/0 cable. The solar controllers below are a 100/50 for the portable solar and a 100/30 for the rooftop array. There is a small positive busbar mounted vertically on the lower right that I used for jacks ect. John
  9. Hey Mike, That 4/0 cable on my 2021 goes direct to the negative battery terminal. (at least it used to before I rearranged all the wiring 😁) John
  10. When I first took that screenshot of the specs I assumed it was the 210 watt newpowa. When I saw it was now 400 watts an no mention of victron I wondered what had changed. john
  11. So I noticed that the info on the 2023 now says 400 watts of solar with solar charge controller. No mention of brand of charge controller. I took a screenshot of this awhile back. Does anyone know what is being offered know?
  12. When did you have the ceramic applied? 10 years ago or recently? If it was recently then it will obviously look as good or better than new ones. All fiberglass (Gelcoat) can be made to look new (within reason). The prepping process assures that the gelcoat will look like new before the coating is applied. I am talking about the longevity of the coating. If storing outside in the elements the life of the coating will be drastically reduced as opposed to storing indoors or under cover. My point was that the value (lifetime) of the coating will be dependent on your storage conditions. If storing outside uncovered like I do then I personally don't believe it is worth the price. John
  13. This highly depends on where you will be storing your trailer. I have 2 vehicles with Opticoat pro ceramic on them. My truck lives outside and my wires car lives in the garage. If you are storing inside then I would say yes to ceramic on the trailer. If storing outside then I would probably advise against it. The coating I have is supposed to last "5 years". Wife's car still looks immaculate, but the horizontal surfaces on my truck (hood and roof) appear to losing there hydrophobic properties after about 1.5 years. If storing outside I would probably just wax it every 6 months or pay to have it done. With ceramic if it starts to break down you have to remove it with mechanical means to start over which will add to the expense of maintaining your trailers appearance. Wax is just wash/polish/wax again to be good as new. John
  14. I have the same "400 watt" outlet in the back of my GMC Sierra HD. It would not reliably run a 15 amp Victron battery charger without going into protection mode. It is most likely a modified sine wave inverter that is really only meant for small draw items. It will run my 65L ICECO fridge/freezer just fine but beyond that I wouldn't waste your time with it. A small 2000 watt generator would be exponentially more efficient. John
  15. Have the dates for next year been announced already? Looks like all sites are already booked for the same weekend. John
  16. What year is your trailer? Mine is a 2021 and the wire colors were different than Minnesota Oil’s. the green and blue wires on the left of the control box go to the heater. These wires were spliced to the wires coming out of the heater. You can find the splices right below the heater to identify which wires they correspond to. See pic below. John
  17. I actually made a label for my battery door that says "sewer hoses". 😆 John
  18. For those that are worried about voiding their warranty, I installed the ez-start in a way that it can be backed out with no evidence of install. I just used extra wire with some spade quick connectors instead of cutting the wire from the control board to the compressor and one of the wires on the capacitor. John
  19. Unfortunately I have owned the Yamaha since 2020 so my only recourse would be to sell it and by the Honda. I might do that if I end up using the generator more in the future. John
  20. I did install the easy start on mine, however, my Yamaha 2200 has issues starting the AC when it is in eco mode. Normal mode works fine. John
  21. Did a quick 2 nighter and was able to do some testing. I had a full sun day just southwest of Atlanta and using the truck bed, portable setup and the Oliver panels I was able to pull in 5.82KWh over the whole day. I lost sun due to trees at around 5PM so I could probably hit 7KWh in the clear. At the peak the total network power on the Victron showed about 822 watts. With the Houghton running I was only showing a 222 watt deficit but since the air cycles the batteries would catch back up. Over all I am pretty satisfied. John
  22. Yeah, I went through different configurations and panel sizes in order to make that happen. I didn't want the panels to hang over the back in case a stray rock flew up while underway but it could only go so far forward to allow fully opening the cover. In the morning and afternoon that angle can take the truck array from around 230 watts to 290 watts. Every little bit helps.😬 John
  23. I put this setup together to augment the one I built for my trucked cover. I can connect all the panels in series/parallel for a total of 940 watts. (including the ollie roof panels) These are BougeRV 100 watt 9bb panels. Much cheaper than the portable offerings from Zamp. Hopefully I will be close to net zero while running the Houghton AC in full sun.
  24. Great...more government trying to "do what's best for us". Laws like this are conjured up by some dips**t politician pandering for donations to keep themselves in office. Macro changes occur when something better comes along. We aren't using a horse and buggy on a large scale anymore because cars are better for transportation. You don't drive across the country for a business meeting, you fly. My wife has a Telsa and it is a great car for how she uses it. As you said though it wouldn't work for pulling a trailer full of hay out in a field. The other problem is cost. You can't force Joe six pack to spend a years pay on a car, but I'm sure the state has a plan.🙄 John
  25. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HQ63IW?psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&ref_=chk_typ_imgToDp I ordered some of these but on further inspection it looks like it might be a tight fit under the cover on the compressor connections. Were you able to make it fit under the cover?
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