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- August 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm #37933
If you had an opportunity to read any of the other threads regarding the solar equipment in Ollie, you may have noticed my attempt to understand the Blue Sky Energy solar controller and the IPN ProRemote monitor. This posting is a summary of my 8 week journey to gain a greater understanding of the Blue Sky gear.
It might be helpful if I state my goals in learning how to operate this equipment.
1. I seek to engage primarily in dry camping without the need for shore power or a generator.
2. I need access to accurate data regarding battery capacity, amp hours from full and daily power consumption.
Clearly back in June the IPN ProRemote monitor was not delivering accurate data and I needed to understand how to fix the problem. At the time I identified six constraints which would affect my work.
1. I live over 1600 miles from the OTT factory, so I could not simply drop off Ollie for repairs.
2. The knowledge base to problem solve the Blue Sky gear within OTT was limited.
3. I was able to locate a superb technical specialist within Blue Sky, however, he expected me to “speak his language”. At the time I was woefully unprepared.
4. Although Blue Sky has a client within New England with experience installing and servicing their equipment, they serve the yachting community and had no interest in helping an RV owner.
5. I knew the installed base of Ollie owners was thin and those who rely heavily on their Blue Sky gear was even thinner.
6. Nowhere could I find a trouble shooting guide, photographs or videos which walk an owner through the steps necessary to correct the problems.
Luckily, the following facts became apparent as I journeyed along implementing corrective actions.
1. The Blue Sky gear is very robust and superbly engineered. In many ways it is almost too feature rich for our application.
2. The technical support engineer at Blue Sky was very supportive. We exchanged well over 40 emails and he hung in there as I worked to come up to speed with the knowledge he required.
3. The process of implementing four separate corrective actions felt like I was removing layers of an onion. There was a sense of accomplishment as each layer was addressed.
In summary, I understand we all have different camping styles. I do hope to encourage more dry campers within our community and having accurate data regarding your batteries is critical to your success. I also understand many owners with Blue Sky gear, may have no issues. However, if you do own Blue Sky gear and you are not happy with the data from the IPN Pro, help is available. You will have to do most of the heavy lifting, but if it is important to you, there is a way to fix your issues.
Please contact me if questions arise.
BuzzyAugust 19, 2016 at 7:26 pm #37943
It took me a year of head scratching and phone calls to finally discover that Oliver failed to connect my inverter to the Shunt, so the IPN remote could not possibly calculate the AMP hours used when running on inverter power. I would get low voltage alarms while still showing 100% AMPs in the batteries.
My friend Steve (Scubarx) set me straight and it was a simple fix to run the inverter through the shunt.
Now the IPN makes a lot more sense to me.
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1 user thanked author for this post.August 20, 2016 at 5:16 am #37949
I do like aspects which involve “fine tuning the integration” of the Ollie systems. From my perspective there is just enough opportunity to immerse yourself in fine tuning as well as system modification to qualify Ollie as a multi-year project. The trailer has “good bones” and you have the opportunity to add your own unique characteristics.
I will admit it is important to manage the fine line between fascination and frustration. But when the line is managed, you have the opportunity to experience great joy in your creation!
I do hope each Ollie owner will seize the opportunity and then share their accomplishments with our community.
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