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Old 04-02-2021, 04:58 PM   #1
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Looking for solar kit for Adventure Skoolie (not full time)

Hi Friends!

I have a 2006 Ford E-450 Short Bus with a 6.0L Powerstroke.
I'm going to be using this bus for adventure and short 1-2 week traveling, not full time. I'm hoping to find some help in regards to my solar set up.

Im looking to pick up a kit that will have everything designed to work together. Im looking for 300w - 400w kit. Ill be having 4 LED lights, some mood lighting LED strips, charging a cell phone, laptop, and maybe powering a TV from time to time.

What Im having trouble understanding is how I can use hte charge controller/inverter and wire into the kit some 3 prong plug ins/usb charging ports I would like to install inside and around the bus for use. Im also trying to figure out how to wire up two light switch for the Lights and LED mood lighting and how to attach that to the (I believe) inverter.

Any thoughts on where I can learn about how to do this? Or where someone else has already done so?

Thanks for any and all help

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Old 04-02-2021, 06:01 PM   #2
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Since it appears you have no in depth electrical experience, I would highly suggest befriending an electrician to either look over your shoulder while you work, or do the actual work him/herself.

Electrical work is one of, if not the most complicated part of a conversion, and if not done correctly the first time, can be a disaster in the making.

It can be very rewarding when you can start and finish a task such as wiring a bus, but it can also be a head banger against a hard wall if complications arise that are beyond one's capabilities!

Good luck, and post up your progress if you go forward with the work...
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Old 04-02-2021, 11:52 PM   #3
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Old 09-27-2021, 04:26 PM   #4
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I agree with the commenter above. Without a competent specialist, it's complicated to install electrics correctly. Especially if it is solar panels, you need an accurate calculation of the efficiency of these batteries. When the batteries charge a single light bulb, it's one thing, it's another thing for a bus. Solar panels somehow have their own weight, and it's significant; otherwise, the bus might have trouble if you take a smaller size.
I know that enthusiasts of such electric systems recommend buying vehicles with batteries installed initially by the manufacturer.
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Old 10-06-2021, 11:31 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Simplicity View Post
Those folks are a half-hour drive from us.
About six years ago, they quoted nearly thirty thousand fed-bux for the system we wanted.
We read photovoltaic books at the library, and completed our system for about three thousand... after we realized we could eliminate 99% of the stand-still house junk we thought we needed.
Suggestions to thread-originator:
* photovoltaic is simple after you understand it
Read some, apprentice some.
You might be amazed at your ability to learn.
I know I was!
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