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Old 09-26-2023, 10:56 AM   #1
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Solar/Electrical Books?

I need to start a electrical plan for my bus. I am not that great with wiring but I'm going to have to learn. Can you guys reference any how to books on solar and electrical wiring for me? If I can't figure it out and have to hire someone to wire it I still want to try and learn myself up on wiring and how to figure it out.

Basic plan for the bus is solar system to work fridge/freezer, lighting, stereo, and battery charging for it. Heating will be with a Chinese diesel heater so need to charge a battery for that as well. Shore power option to charge or operate everything. I know that is pretty vague but like I said I need to learn up on it so maybe I can at least know the right questions to ask.

Thanks as always!

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Old 09-26-2023, 07:01 PM   #2
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Old 09-27-2023, 03:35 PM   #3
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i have a book that has helped written by harold barre called managing 12v.
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Old 09-27-2023, 09:41 PM   #4
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Check out "RV Electrical Systems" by Bill and Jan Moeller, "The 12 Volt Bible for Boats" by Miner K. Brotherton, and "The Solar Electricity Handbook" by Michael Boxwell for wiring and solar system help. Stay safe and good luck with your project!
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Old 10-04-2023, 04:17 PM   #5
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It's not a book, but this very detailed and well-explained post was extremely helpful when I first did my build:
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Old 10-04-2023, 10:41 PM   #6
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Look up William Prowse
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Old 10-05-2023, 08:59 AM   #7
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I found decent books solar and electric on eBay.
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Old 10-05-2023, 09:13 AM   #8
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Look up the explorist life on YouTube he does great demonstrations of different installations offers parts and Equipment that he sells. It's victron solar parts. And look up will prowse also on YouTube he does great reviews on batteries among other things related to solar. He has made a great business in that field. Let me just say he's pretty wealthy
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