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Old 05-01-2020, 09:11 AM   #61
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Good fix...that was the direction I was headed if my passive scheme didn't work.
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Old 05-10-2020, 04:25 PM   #62
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Starr's Sunshade

I decided not to install a fixed sunshade (e.g., Fiamma) on Starr due to reported rattle issues and likely damage from high winds. Instead I configured a DYI solution using a Neso Grande portable shade. The shade is a large (110”x110”), light weight fabric that stows in a small-ish bag. I decided to attach it to the van at two points by way of large suction cups – to the top outside corner of the windshield and the top outside corner of the rear door window. To raise the height of the shade over the van's sliding door, I attached a third cord with 4 clips along that edge -- that cord gets thrown over the van's roof (raised or lowered) & secured to the other side's ladder.

The shade's outboard two corners are each anchored by a single guy cord that can be either staked or weighted down by sand or rocks in a Neso-supplied bag, and these outside corners are raised by two Neso-supplied, collapsible lightweight poles.

The two attachment cords to the van do touch Starr's paint, so I installed two patches of 3M clear film on those areas of paint, and also a protective sleeve on the cord.

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Old 05-11-2020, 06:27 AM   #63
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Nice solution. I have something similar, I think I have put it up twice in the 52k+ miles on Flint. It might be different if we stopped and “camped” a lot, but we typically don’t stop during the day until the sun is nearly down.
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Old 10-04-2020, 01:32 PM   #64
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I read your post with great interest. The question I have is the photo showing the location of the BMS has a large on/off rotating dial. I'm wondering what the purpose is of this switch.
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Old 10-04-2020, 01:39 PM   #65
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Sorry, don't know which post/picture/dial you are referring to ... post's date/time or direct post link would be helpful.
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Old 10-04-2020, 03:02 PM   #66
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I just finished reading the whole post and saw the diagram you posted. You 3xplain3d the addition of a shutoff switch for the 2nd alternator and regulator. This is what I was questioning but it is all clear to me now. This past March my AGM battery started failing making it necessary to make a choice. Back in 2014 I asked SMBW about Lithium and it was out of the question, still to new at the time. When i had my 2016 built I asked again about Lithium and was still not being offered. From everything I was reading and hearing Lithium was a game changer but at a price. Like yourself I took the leap to switch to Lithium batteries but how was i going to do it with the current build I had. I started talking with lithium manufacturers and the tech folks at Magnum and Zamp. It was looking like all of my equipment was compatible with lithium even though it did not state it was compatible. Zamp was compatible controller has a setting for it. The big question was the Magnum inverter 2000 watts. Having the remote option for the Magnum allowed me to change the settings for Lithium using the custom feature. I installed two 105ah Lithium batteries replacing the AGM 200ah that was failing. I am getting ready to add a third battery bring my total to 315ah with 200 watts of solar. The hold up is making the bracket for three batteries. What I noticed since changing over is everything runs better on the house battery side of things. I'm already using more power than I had been but this was the plan. I'm looking forward to the addition of the third battery giving more of a buffer.

I really enjoyed your post with great interest.
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Old 10-04-2020, 03:23 PM   #67
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Great...sounds like you have it in hand! My van's "Starr's Guide" (online here: link) goes into details on the exact lithium parameters I've settled on for the alternator, solar controller, and Magnum inverter/charger (&, more importantly IMO, the rationale behind the choices). All this is in the Guide's Appendix and may be of interest to you!
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