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  1. wildebus

    Seating

    In the VW Transporter world, people fit all kinds of random seats to replace the cab seats. SAAB ones seem to be an initially popular option as they have all the luxury electrified bits but few folk actually manage to get them working. It doesn't have the fancy bits, but another popular seat...
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    Saw this today ....

    .... and thought it worth sharing. https://www.facebook.com/groups/sbcampervans/permalink/2105034119652316/ I will freely admit I am a member of the "Mechanically Mounted" fraternity 🔧🔧 :p And with so many "newbies" knocking together Campers quickly in the last few months, the top comment...
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    230Ah Varta Battery

    don't do facebook marketplace. not interested in "battery kickers".
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    230Ah Varta Battery

    Just a note on this battery .... This is a time-limited offer. If it is not reserved by around mid-June (so about a month) and collected by th first week of July, it will no longer be available (probably gone to scrappers, which would be a great shame as it is a good battery, as it is taking up...
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    Not a Self-build, but a Tweaker

    Just checking what is going on today and .... 268W yield from my 270W array is really good I think. These are Victron Panels I have fitted and I am wondering if, like other Victron kit, they are "under-declared" in terms of their true capacity? And with 253W into the battery - so a 94.5%...
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    Chinese diesel ducting

    could you have "repeater fans" part way along? Would that help with passing the ar though the ducting
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    Turbo-charging Motorhome Electrics

    Ok, Final few Discharge Graphs showing the "Day in the Life of a Hybrid Battery Bank". These I think are interesting as they show a full 24 Hour period on a day where there is some significant heavy usage. As well as the Fridge set to AC (but not running that much as was quite a cool day) plus...
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    230Ah Varta Battery

    If anyone is looking for a good sized battery, check out this thread ... https://motorhomer.com/threads/used-varta-230ah-battery-needs-a-home.43720/ If anyone passing through the Scottish Borders - maybe going to the Kelso Meet - this is available to collect.
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    Not a Self-build, but a Tweaker

    Just got back from a trip into town and found a very surprising result! Today is a pretty yucky day - cold, miserable and rainy -so I don't expect much from the solar. But ..... a very surprising peak and harvesting from the PV array I would not expect to see 261W from a 270W array until the...
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    Turbo-charging Motorhome Electrics

    He hasn't posted the detailed video yet, but this guy has also developed what sounds like a very low-power Air Con system (I don't know his background but he knows a lot about refrigeration :). I doubt it is stuff I would ever do myself, but his video on how the Boat Fridge works and his repair...
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    Turbo-charging Motorhome Electrics

    Think I will move the Hab Electrics back to the Midi Fuse Block :( You can see the current being pulled when you look at the MPPT Load Current data - which is good (y) . But it takes it away from the Solar Yield number - which is not so good (n)and makes the PV data as shown incorrect. You...
  12. wildebus

    Not a Self-build, but a Tweaker

    Added some extra battery capacity to the Motorhome over the weekend - so now have 300Ah of Lead Carbon and 100Ah of Lithium in combination (see Turbocharging thread for more info), which gives a "nicely useable" total of around 300Ah without any untoward effects on Battery Service Life. Can't...
  13. wildebus

    Turbo-charging Motorhome Electrics

    Why? Why throw money at something when there is an alternative way that is cheaper, using proven technology and works well? Let's take the guy on the boat .... How much money would it cost to replace his 1500Ah lead bank with lithium? Oh... I wonder.... TBH, I dont think you really watched...
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    Turbo-charging Motorhome Electrics

    A couple of hours with the charger limited to 20A, and then changed so it could run upto its full 70A potential and we get an idea of both the Discharge and the Charge patterns on the Hybrid PbC/LiFePO4 Lead-Lithium Battery Bank. The Results are pretty well as the Mathematics and the Logic...
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    Turbo-charging Motorhome Electrics

    You need to ignore the initial 5Ah from Lithium and 5Ah from Lead - that was just a setup thing that I corrected but the data is still in the log for this time set. The key thing in the chart is the hour-to-hour change. To confirm something here: the Ah numbers are cumulative - so if say the...
  16. wildebus

    Turbo-charging Motorhome Electrics

    Hi Pete. He does actually say how much Lead he has .... 1500Ah. Quite a bit there :) but simply the less you have, the less time you can go between charges of course. It does take a few mental to's and fro's to really get your head round the idea but when I saw his video it really did...
  17. wildebus

    Turbo-charging Motorhome Electrics

    I think it is worth while you watching the video to understand the concept and benefits better.
  18. wildebus

    Turbo-charging Motorhome Electrics

    That is just what will happen, yes. Clark, the guy who did the video, made this point and that it is important that your Lead batteries must be in reasonable condition so that the self-discharge is not too great. My Lead Carbon Bank takes around 0.3A when on float. Not a problem.
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    Few pics of my Iveco bus

    There is only one reply to that .....
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    Turbo-charging Motorhome Electrics

    100Ah LiFePO4 Battery fully recharged overnight following the discharge test and now installed this morning in the Motorhome alongside the 3 100AH Lead Carbons. Installed a BMV-700 Battery Monitor on the battery so I can see and log all the current in and out. This is wired up as a...
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