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Old 03-07-2018, 09:30 AM   #1
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Smile 1440W of Solar on 2017 Ventana 4037

First off my huge thanks to C.Martin for his amazing guidance, patience, and coaching through the process of installing solar on my 2017 Ventana 4037. Since he did all the work in figuring things out I matched his configuration and disengaged my brain. No sense in trying to reinvent something with Professor Martin has this engineered to perfection as with everything he does!

Second: If you are paying someone to install this for you and it's expensive...IT SHOULD BE! It is a lot of work and whoever is installing this for you is busting their butt and it is not easy! It took me a good 4 days, actually a sum total of 3. First day was basement work. Second day was installing the panels on the roof. Third day was wiring it all up. Fourth was tidying up and cable management, dicor, etc.

I got everything through Amazon and AMSolar.com. Charlie essentially created a list of things I would need via a gift list shared to me and I just ordered it all. Then the rest from AMSolar.com. I used a Victron MPPT 150/100 tr charge controller with bluetooth, 8 x 180W panels, and a ton of tools, wires and supplies! This all ties in nicely to the ME-ARC50 advanced magnum inverter controller with the self installed ME-BMK (battery monitor).

I survived this, it was hard work, it was not easy, I did it myself (yeah, getting panels on the roof was fun...NOT!) but if I can do it anyone can but this was good for me to do some hard labor and get away from the software biz a little. I'm in pain, I'm taking Alleve hourly, but I will survive haha!

Now I'm looking forward to camping away from RV parking lots and learning more about solar and RVing and how to take advantage of it. Is it needed? NO. NO. and NO. It's just a charger and we have awesome generators. It's an experience and for me learning something new.

I went with the solar prep option on my build (yeah, it was fun finding those wires in the roof) so why not go all the way and get solar? So I did.

If you have questions please direct them to Professor Martin. I'll be in pain management for the next week.
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Nice going! Now turn off the TV and lower your dish, you're killin' your solar!!!
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:01 AM   #3
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Excellent!
Looks great.
Hoping to do this myself (well, not myself, but having it done).
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:54 AM   #4
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Well...thanks, but I can’t take any credit. The credit goes to you for all the hard work, time, and $$$...and all of the other iRV2 members that helped me learn the ropes. It’s only passing along what was given to me. ( I also owed you big time for pioneering the Moen Shower Control modification.) Congratulations on a job well done!
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:03 AM   #5
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Neal, you are a crafty ol' fox. You have no intention of buying a 2027 Essex; you're going to build one piece-by-piece...on a 2017 Ventana chassis. Just too bad you didn't start with a Spart...well, you know...that other chassis.

All that aside, what a nice piece of work. Congrats on a job well done.

With all that solar, you're gonna have to stop every few hours and run all your electric appliances just to use up the excess battery capacity. Or, is the new 24-battery bank the next project?

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Looks great, a lot more room on the Ventana roof.
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Good job on the install! Now for peace and quiet off the beaten trail.
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So, THAT'S where you've been hiding.... Off the grid!
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Looks nice!! Did I miss the mention of new LI Batts?
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Nice going! Now turn off the TV and lower your dish, you're killin' your solar!!!
Yes, all the stuff on the roof are potential shade makers. )-:

I installed 1500w of narrow panels in three strings to mitigate. Panel strings down each side and the third across towards the rear.
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Looks great Neil.

I can't do the roof climbing anymore so had a younger and nimble guy install my 15 panels and three pairs of wire from the roof for me. Same install process with a 800w system on previous coach.

Yup - its a lot of effort.
But so nice when in operation.
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Totally impressed. I going to take a nap just thinking about the work that went into it. All the best!
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Congratulations, Neal! That looks amazing!
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Neal - Awesome work and thanks for sharing the pictures! Iím in the midst of starting a business, but as soon as this levels off, I may come back to you and Charlie for some help. Iíve got the solar itch - and it ainít no sunburn...

Keep us posted on the performance of your system. Moen faucet modification? Whatís up with that?
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