How to Install Solar & Electrical in a DIY Camper (A Complete Walkthrough)

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This video will teach you how to Install Solar & Electrical in a DIY camper. This is a complete, start-to-finish installation covering the following aspects of installing solar & electrical on a DIY camper:

➤ How to Wire a Battle Born Lithium Battery Bank
➤ How to Wire a Victron Multiplus 3000w Inverter/Charger
➤ How to Wire a Victron SmartSolar MPPT 150|75 Solar Charge Controller
➤ How to Wire a Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor
➤ How to Wire a Victron VE.Bus Smart Dongle
➤ How to Wire a Solar Panel Array

This video is being installed on @Andy Rawls ground-up restoration of his 1976 Argosy (Similar to an Airstream) travel trailer. The principles of this install can be used on any kind of mobile solar electrical install, though. This solar and electrical setup is applicable for any kind of Camper Van, RV, Travel Trailer, 5th Wheel, Motor Home, Expedition Vehicle, or pretty much any other camper you can possibly think of.

Here are some of the reference links I mentioned in the video that will help teach you more about installing DIY solar and electrical in a camper:

Blog Post, Parts List & Wiring Diagram: https://www.explorist.life/diy-solar-electric-install-on-a-1976-airstream-argosy/
➤Andy’s Accompanying Video: https://youtu.be/cdpPbDibDds
➤Andy’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/andyrawls
➤Andy’s Website: https://andyrawls.com/
➤EXPLORIST.life Merch: https://teespring.com/stores/exploristlife
➤How to Perform a Power Audit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a406IxiU-Xg&list=PLmvhcyi4n0TU6HlMaQiCUwC20DBlyv6s_&index=3
➤Basic Parts & Components of an Electrical System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuZg4NasCVw&list=PLmvhcyi4n0TU6HlMaQiCUwC20DBlyv6s_&index=1
➤Similar System w/ Alternator Charging: https://www.explorist.life/3000w-inverter-400-600ah-400-to-1200w-solar-camper-solar-kit
➤Smaller System w/ Alternator Charging: https://www.explorist.life/2000w-inverter-200-400ah-lithium-200-to-700w-solar-camper-wiring-diagram/
➤How to Cut Wire: https://www.explorist.life/how-to-cut-wire/
➤How to Strip Wire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca45dL2X4SM&list=PLmvhcyi4n0TVgcroqXl5QvJM0afUes_zX&index=10
➤How to Crimp Wire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmiX2XW48F8&list=PLmvhcyi4n0TVgcroqXl5QvJM0afUes_zX&index=9
➤How to Make MC4 Connectors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFAKK491wj0&list=PLmvhcyi4n0TVgcroqXl5QvJM0afUes_zX&index=7
➤Securing Solar Panels to Roof (Andy’s Video): https://youtu.be/ihAiioFAUv4
➤How to Wire Solar Panels in Series-Parallel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2H8vpj8rQg&list=PLmvhcyi4n0TVgcroqXl5QvJM0afUes_zX&index=3
➤How to Crimp Wire Ferrules: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8CHAVmpPFw&list=PLmvhcyi4n0TVgcroqXl5QvJM0afUes_zX&index=8
➤How to Wire an AC/DC Breaker/Fuse Box: https://www.explorist.life/how-to-wire-a-power-distribution-panel/
➤Victron BMV-712 Battle Born Settings: https://battlebornbatteries.com/configure-victron-bmv-700-bluetooth-dongle/
➤Victron Smartsolar MPPT Battle Born Settings: https://battlebornbatteries.com/programming-a-victron-smartsolar-charge-controller/

Here is a list of the MAIN components in the system:

(4) Battle Born Lithium Batteries:
(1) Victron Multiplus 3000 Inverter/Charger
(1) Victron SmartSolar MPPT 150|75 Solar Charge Controller
(1) Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor
(1) Victron VE.Bus Smart Dongle
(8) 100w Newpowa Monocrystalline Solar Panels

The rest of the components/parts/pieces can be found in the shopping list on this blog post: https://www.explorist.life/3000w-inverter-400-600ah-400-to-1200w-solar-camper-solar-kit

This tutorial on how to install DIY solar & electrical on a camper is pretty long, so here are some of the timestamps so that you can watch specific sections, if you wish:

00:00:00 Intro
00:03:12 Choosing the Solar/Electrical Components
00:03:49 Mounting the Components
00:05:46 Mounting Shunt & Switch to Lynx Distributor
00:06:34 Wiring the Battle Born Battery Bank
00:10:21 Wiring the Chassis Ground
00:11:44 Connecting Battery Bank to Lynx Distributor
00:15:01 Wiring the Victron Lynx Distributor to Components
00:23:28 Connecting & Explaining Equipment Grounds
00:24:45 Wire Size for Ground Wire Explanation
00:25:44 Wiring the Solar Array
00:31:22 Connecting Solar Array to the Charge Controller
00:34:26 Connecting Shore power to Inverter/Charger
00:35:17 Explaining Victron PowerAssist
00:38:19 Wiring the Inverter to the Breaker Box
00:39:13 Powering Up the System
00:43:16 Connecting Victron Communication/Sensor Wires
00:44:28 Connecting Shore Power Inlet
00:49:28 DIY Camper Electrical Tour
00:49:53 How The System Handles 120V Loads
00:53:53 How the System Handles 12V Loads
00:55:30 How the System Recharges from Shore Power
00:57:02 How the System Recharges from Solar
01:00:27 Communication Wires Overview
01:02:13 Programming the System
01:03:13 Viewing Performance on the VictronConnect App
01:05:39 Finishing Up
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