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Old 07-28-2013, 07:50 PM   #15
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Beautiful rig(s). Watch out! The weight police will be out in droves as soon as they research how many pounds and ounces your TV will pull! Just warning you....
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Wow, very nice
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I could pull that with my tundra. I mean, I could park my tundra in that. Lol. That is beautiful!
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:06 PM   #18
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Beautiful rig(s). Watch out! The weight police will be out in droves as soon as they research how many pounds and ounces your TV will pull! Just warning you....
??? You think that truck won't haul it?




Why the all white (non) paint scheme?
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:42 AM   #19
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??? You think that truck won't haul it?




Why the all white (non) paint scheme?
...just bein' facetious......
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:49 AM   #20
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great photo's - thanks for posting
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:42 AM   #21
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Got to be proud that is one fine looking rig. A lot of work went into that and a lot of great ideas Very Nice.
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:20 PM   #22
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Before we do a "tech tour" take a peek at these.






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OK here's the "tour" of the electrical system.

Four 245 Watt solar panels. Voltage and current obviously varies with the sun but the max input to the batteries is 50A at 14.5VDC.

Panels can be angled (when stationary) to increase the efficiency of the solar conversion.

Weather proof "Combiner box". All four panels are connected to the main buss bar via individual breakers. Output (through a conduit exiting the bottom of the combiner box) of the bus bar fed to the Magnum mini-panel (#2 in image below) and then to the solar controller (#5).

#1: Magnum 2800W Pure Sine Inverter using dual in / dual out configuration which supports 120V AC loads on the inverter and allows for 240V AC appliances to be supported on external power.
#2: Magnum Mini-panel; AC & DC breakers for Inverter and Battery bank connections
#3: Magnum Automatic Generator Starter (AGS) for truck mounted diesel 6000W diesel generator. Cummins generator utilizing Kubota diesel engine (?)
#4: 500 Ohm shunt for battery "health" monitor. There are actually two battery monitors on the system - a Trimetric and Magnum's BMK
#5: MPPT Solar controller
#6: Progressive Industries hardwired 50A EMS
#7: Main breaker panel

Electrical power stored in six L-16 AGM (glass mat technology) batteries for a total capacity of about 1200AH, which powers the residential refrigerator, microwave, convection gas range, etc., easily.

Transfer switch allowing use of rear mounted power cord reel or forward mounted Marinco twist lock plug.


Here are the main panel and the inverter sub-panel:

and finally

We have the control and monitor panel with
#1: Solar controller remote display and control
#2: Trimetric battery monitor
#3: EMS remote display
#4: Internal 12V fuse block
#6: Tank monitor
#7: Powered awning control
#8: Magnum ARC50 remote control for inverter, generator and BMK
#9: Slide out room controls

Tomorrow we'll tour the suspension and braking system...

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I guess it's ok for a weekender, but I'd want something a little bigger for a full timer. Just kidding of course. It is beautiful. Well thought out. It should be featured on The Epic RV Show.
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Is there a reason the #2 from front solar panel is off center?
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Wow...what a rig.....
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Is there a reason the #2 from front solar panel is off center?
All the panels can be tilted in couple of directions to point them more directly towards the sun, that center panel needed to be offset to get to the knobs holding the panel down.

By the way the brackets holding the panel down (or up) are made of stainless steel, no rusting.

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Our guests have departed this morning, it was delightful to have them share our "campground" and our house. We accomplished the task and modifications we had in mind and added few "bonus" items.

All hooked up and ready to go.



Yes that's couple of ETs that need to happen before we move to Florida.
It it always impressive to see those things depart our "humble" driveway onto the country road, although this one is by far the longest one, 75 feet.





By the way, for all you "faint of heart backers", if it comes out of the driveway you can certainly back it into the driveway, all you have to do is to follow the same pathway and the same angles. Which we did couple of times during their stay.
And finally the departing shot.

I have seen lots of high end rigs and I own one, but this one truly takes the cake.
I have more pictures to continue our "technical tour".

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