Geronimo John Posted November 9, 2021 Share Posted November 9, 2021 We purchased our 2018 Oliver LE2 (Hull 342) with basic batteries, 2,000 watt inverter, 45 amp converter. At the time, Lithium's were prohibitively expensive and I figured that by the time my Duralast LA's were getting long in the tooth, less expensive options would be available. We now see many options for advance power systems, and my Duralast batteries likely will not last a 5th year. Time to upgrade. So, for the past month or so I have been researching, reading, purchasing, and gathering tools, supplies and materials for the modernization of our power systems. As Galway Girl I am phasing the effort: Phase one is lithiums, initial solar capability, and DC to DC charging. Phase II will be to upgrade my Inverter to a 3,000 watt version and possible roof mounted additional solar to support limited duration boondocking no generator Air Conditioning. For Phase one, here are the major components I have purchased, or are planning to purchase: 3 each 100 Ah Battleborn Lithiums Victron 712 Smart Battery Management System Victron Orion 12|12 -30 DC to DC Charger (Power from F-150 alternator/battery PD 4060 (60 Amp) Converter with Lithium Capability ( 😊 Andrew Kesner! ) Pending purchase of Renogy 100 or maybe 200 watt solar suitcase kit After next summer's installation effort, I'll post a report with lists of materials and my thoughts. My trailer almost never will to be used in freezing conditions. It is almost always used in hot mountain or desert conditions. As such, for Phase 1, heat management of the Orion and Renogy Voyager Solar Charge Controller are the subjects for which I am seeking your thoughts and suggestions: I will be using the Orion only when traveling. As such, I am considering mounting it in the storage area that is under the dinette front seat (Not the footwell). When traveling, I would remove the seat cushion and storage hatch cover to vent heat. This heat would be dissipated into the cabin, where it could be managed at stops by using the MaxFan. I will be using the Voyager 20 amp Solar Charge Controller only when boondocking. I would like to mount the Voyager in the battery bay. Will this unit produce enough waste heat to be of concern to the three Battleborns? Would it require supplemental ventilation as a result? Thank you, GJ 1 Tug: 2019 F-150 SuperCrew Lariat, 3.5L EcoBoost, Max Trailer Tow, FX-4, 4X4, Rear Locker Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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