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Old 07-25-2017, 10:35 PM   #191
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Picking up our rig tomorrow morning. They said a July build and they hit that target no problem without any pestering from us.

Now to make sure I'm ready to inspect it to make sure everything is working!
Make them test the Voltstart. Unless they're pestered to do it, they usually don't. Using just one battery and running the AC, it takes about 40 minutes to do the test. This also tests high power operation of the inverter.

Where do they stick the eight BMS control modules?

Did you order the XL version with 600 watt solar and under mount AC?
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Old 07-25-2017, 11:19 PM   #192
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Make them test the Voltstart. Unless they're pestered to do it, they usually don't. Using just one battery and running the AC, it takes about 40 minutes to do the test. This also tests high power operation of the inverter.

Where do they stick the eight BMS control modules?

Did you order the XL version with 600 watt solar and under mount AC?
We didn't order Volstart. I think we're going to try to wire our own sensors and remote start ourselves eventually.

We did order the 8 EcoTreks and the 600W but not the undermount A/C. Our A/C is up top. Not sure where the batteries are yet but will see in the morning.
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Make them test the Voltstart. Unless they're pestered to do it, they usually don't. Using just one battery and running the AC, it takes about 40 minutes to do the test. This also tests high power operation of the inverter.
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Old 07-26-2017, 12:55 AM   #194
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We didn't order Volstart. I think we're going to try to wire our own sensors and remote start ourselves eventually.
In your case particularly, that makes sense. IMO, at 800 ah, it's value is questionable and at 1600 ah, it's really superflouous unless you plan to operate a mobile open hearth furnace.

Since you're taking a fully loaded top tier RT fresh out of he plant, your observations regarding the yin and yang of this beast will be read with great interest.
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We didn't order Volstart. I think we're going to try to wire our own sensors and remote start ourselves eventually.
Self-start of a modern Sprinter is a bit of a challenge. Most of the alarm-system providers have stopped supporting it due to the complexity. Last I heard, there was only one system that supported MY2014+ Sprinters, and it was very expensive.
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In your case particularly, that makes sense. IMO, at 800 ah, it's value is questionable and at 1600 ah, it's really superflouous unless you plan to operate a mobile open hearth furnace.

Since you're taking a fully loaded top tier RT fresh out of he plant, your observations regarding the yin and yang of this beast will be read with great interest.
Thanks, we will share what we learn. We do want to bring along our 3D printer but we're guessing we will have to be plugged in to use it. No hearth furnace on the plans, yet
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Self-start of a modern Sprinter is a bit of a challenge. Most of the alarm-system providers have stopped supporting it due to the complexity. Last I heard, there was only one system that supported MY2014+ Sprinters, and it was very expensive.
It's low on our priority list. One of our first orders of business will be trying to replicate your success with MiMo antennas. We appreciate all that info you shared on the topic.
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So I'm staying in the unit with power available while I test it out at the dealership. So far so good. There were a couple minor things that needed some adjustment. The biggest issue I've seen so far is that the frig/freezer have lights on and have been powered for a couple hours now but there is nothing cold inside. It's lit up though. But the dealership is working on it.

I'm not sure how powered up the 8 ecotreks were by the factory, but so far I am testing them out by running them down (no shore or engine power) using the air conditioning. #8 ran for 5 seconds and then shut off so I guess it wasn't juiced up. 7 through 4 however have run the A/C for about 40 mins each before the BMS shuts the battery off.

I'm gonna drain them all down to 20% or whenever the BMS kicks in and then hook up to shore power. I know that will take longer to charge them up than driving, but we'll see what overnight charging does...

There is one solar panel that seems to be permanently shaded by the awning but I need to get a drone up there to take a better look and figure out what kind of impact that will have to the 600W of solar.

Other than that, this thing is great but I have much more testing to do.
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So I'm staying in the unit with power available while I test it out at the dealership. So far so good. There were a couple minor things that needed some adjustment. The biggest issue I've seen so far is that the frig/freezer have lights on and have been powered for a couple hours now but there is nothing cold inside. It's lit up though. But the dealership is working on it.

I'm not sure how powered up the 8 ecotreks were by the factory, but so far I am testing them out by running them down (no shore or engine power) using the air conditioning. #8 ran for 5 seconds and then shut off so I guess it wasn't juiced up. 7 through 4 however have run the A/C for about 40 mins each before the BMS shuts the battery off.

I'm gonna drain them all down to 20% or whenever the BMS kicks in and then hook up to shore power. I know that will take longer to charge them up than driving, but we'll see what overnight charging does...

There is one solar panel that seems to be permanently shaded by the awning but I need to get a drone up there to take a better look and figure out what kind of impact that will have to the 600W of solar.

Other than that, this thing is great but I have much more testing to do.
Was your coach trucked or driven to the dealership?
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Was your coach trucked or driven to the dealership?
I am not sure. It has 918 miles and that is about the distance from the dealership to the factory so I'm guessing it was driven.

Interesting thing is that I just happened to turn on one of the ecotreks I thought was dead because it didn't fire up the A/C and this time it fired it up nice and has been running for about fifteen minutes now. Maybe because it was hotter then the surge from the A/C was too much?

I've heard it's best to run two ecotrek modules when you use the A/C and perhaps that is the reason why. But it wasn't drained like I was thinking it was.
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