Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-01-2012, 12:12 AM   #1
Bus Nut
 
PDBreske's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Ocala, FL
Posts: 593
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Bookmobile body by Farber
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: Navistar DT466/Alison MT643
Rated Cap: 1
Future-proofing for solar and wind

I'm planning to add some solar panels to my roof deck and possibly a wind generator, but that will have to wait until I'm further along in my build. For now, I'd like to add as many features to the structure that will allow me to add whatever I want at a later date.

So, I will add some conduit through the ceiling to bring in the wiring from the solar panels and wind generator, but I want to know where to route the wires. Should I plumb the conduit directly from the roof to the battery box under the floor? Or should the wires come into the interior, close to the inverter/charger? Or should I add a combination of conduits that go from the roof to the inverter and from the inverter to the batteries?
__________________
.
Read about the "Camel" RV Conversion project!

My first passion is photography. Visit my website to see some of my work.
.
PDBreske is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
Bus Nut
 
PDBreske's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Ocala, FL
Posts: 593
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Bookmobile body by Farber
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: Navistar DT466/Alison MT643
Rated Cap: 1
Re: Future-proofing for solar and wind

What I was getting at is where do the wires from the solar panels need to go once they are installed? Do they connect directly to the batteries or do they connect to the inverter/charger? Same thing with the wind generator. Once I know where the wiring will go, I'll add conduit for that eventual installation.
__________________
.
Read about the "Camel" RV Conversion project!

My first passion is photography. Visit my website to see some of my work.
.
PDBreske is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 05:31 PM   #3
Site Team
 
bansil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: MNT CITY TN
Posts: 5,039
Re: Future-proofing for solar and wind

Quote:
Originally Posted by PDBreske
What I was getting at is where do the wires from the solar panels need to go once they are installed? Do they connect directly to the batteries or do they connect to the inverter/charger? Same thing with the wind generator. Once I know where the wiring will go, I'll add conduit for that eventual installation.
1)Normally the panels connect to a solar charge controller,this then connects to the battery(this will charge the batteries)

2)the 120v charger/convertor(120VAC to 12VDC) will connect to batteries to charge and supply 12V needs, like when hooked to shore power

3)the 120V invertor will connect to your batteries 12V and then invert to 120V to be used in the coach

does that answer question?
__________________
Our build La Tortuga
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
bansil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 05:39 PM   #4
Bus Nut
 
PDBreske's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Ocala, FL
Posts: 593
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Bookmobile body by Farber
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: Navistar DT466/Alison MT643
Rated Cap: 1
Re: Future-proofing for solar and wind

Quote:
Originally Posted by bansil
1)Normally the panels connect to a solar charge controller,this then connects to the battery(this will charge the batteries)

2)the 120v charger/convertor(120VAC to 12VDC) will connect to batteries to charge and supply 12V needs, like when hooked to shore power

3)the 120V invertor will connect to your batteries 12V and then invert to 120V to be used in the coach

does that answer question?
Pretty much. Thank you.

I suppose the solar charge controller is mounted inside where it can be seen and not mounted inside the battery box?

I'm not worried about a converter as I have exactly zero 12V accessories that will be used when parked other than the cab dome light (and that has been replaced with a very nice marine LED unit). Everything else will run on 120VAC just like a regular home. A very small, well insulated home.
__________________
.
Read about the "Camel" RV Conversion project!

My first passion is photography. Visit my website to see some of my work.
.
PDBreske is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 06:50 PM   #5
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Oregon/Philippines
Posts: 1,660
Re: Future-proofing for solar and wind

solar panel controller should be mounted inside, and as much electrical wiring as you can either mounted inside or in a box or raceway to keep it out of the rain, etc... would be what i would do...
__________________
Jesus Christ... Conversion in progress.
chev49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 08:47 PM   #6
Site Team
 
bansil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: MNT CITY TN
Posts: 5,039
Re: Future-proofing for solar and wind

Most solar chargers don't have a display on them(most) so out of the "elements" battery box is fine,I wouldny soak one ever in the elements.
If there is a display they like a "nice" enviroment to make them happy
__________________
Our build La Tortuga
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
bansil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 09:24 PM   #7
Bus Nut
 
PDBreske's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Ocala, FL
Posts: 593
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Bookmobile body by Farber
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: Navistar DT466/Alison MT643
Rated Cap: 1
Re: Future-proofing for solar and wind

Okay, that's what I needed to know. Thanks!
__________________
.
Read about the "Camel" RV Conversion project!

My first passion is photography. Visit my website to see some of my work.
.
PDBreske is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
B.O.S.S. - A Future Skoolie! inkblots84 Skoolie Conversion Projects 14 02-28-2013 10:46 PM
Future Concept Help! recycler Short-Bus Conversion Projects 4 04-30-2010 09:33 AM
Sound proofing a generator box Kirbystud Conversion General Discussions 2 08-28-2009 09:23 PM
Homebuilt wind and solar power. staggerlee917 Conversion General Discussions 2 11-12-2008 02:29 AM
Ok. Solar/wind/electrical help needed. bus-bro Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 5 07-30-2007 10:09 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:19 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.