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Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 02-18-2020, 04:23 PM
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Views: 1,291
Posted By VanFan
Interesting. Please educate me. Let's assume we...

Interesting. Please educate me. Let's assume we have two alternators with different regulators (say one is the OEM unit controlled by internal regulator or by the on-board computer, and the other is...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 02-18-2020, 08:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,291
Posted By VanFan
SWLA, to get back to your original question and...

SWLA, to get back to your original question and your reason for asking it, check out the description of my ProMaster conversion's electrical system and the way I use it to air condition my van while...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 02-02-2020, 04:11 PM
Replies: 32
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Posted By VanFan
We have a ProMaster custom conversion, 20'-10"...

We have a ProMaster custom conversion, 20'-10" plus a grill guard in front and a ladder and jerry can in back, so actually more like 22' long. We camp in smaller back-in "tent" sites all the time...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 11-07-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,046
Posted By VanFan
Just edited to hopefully make it more clear....

Just edited to hopefully make it more clear. Sorry about that.
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 11-07-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,046
Posted By VanFan
We have a Promaster custom conversion with an...

We have a Promaster custom conversion with an Elite Power Systems 600 amp hour lithium battery and two Nations high output alternators. Each is rated for (roughly, working from memory) 280 amps per...
Forum: The Manufacturers & Models 10-31-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 23
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Posted By VanFan
We just installed their kit two months ago, and...

We just installed their kit two months ago, and increased our tire size a little more than 2" in diameter. Had to grind off some flanges in the wheel wells to make the tires fit, but that worked out...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 09-01-2019, 11:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,363
Posted By VanFan
Yep. Been there done that. A technician left the...

Yep. Been there done that. A technician left the lock washer off a 300 amp fuse and road vibration backed the nut off enough to break the circuit. Moral of that story is to always use the lock...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 09-01-2019, 11:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,363
Posted By VanFan
I did this on my last yacht. But instead of a...

I did this on my last yacht. But instead of a fuse I used a Blue Seas surface mounted circuit breaker. More expensive, but a lot easier to deal with while a boat is pitching and yawing under weigh or...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 08-25-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,377
Posted By VanFan
I don't follow this forum closely enough to know...

I don't follow this forum closely enough to know what you mean about "things that have been going on lately" or who you have in mind specifically (and I don't want to know) but with trolls it's...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 08-25-2019, 06:16 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,377
Posted By VanFan
Nobody's perfect, but it takes genuine humility...

Nobody's perfect, but it takes genuine humility and maturity to acknowledge it and apologize. You have my respect. Now go and sin no more. :-)
Forum: General Discussion Forum 08-25-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,377
Posted By VanFan
Why can't you just disagree in a civil fashion?...

Why can't you just disagree in a civil fashion? We get enough of this tone over at the comments sections of news sites. It would be nice if we could all be friendly here.
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-27-2019, 10:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Posted By VanFan
With all the other amenities we wanted, 600ah is...

With all the other amenities we wanted, 600ah is all I could figure out how to physically fit in our Promaster, which of course is about 3' shorter than your Sprinter. Your extra 200ah would be nice...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-27-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Posted By VanFan
Thanks, Davy. The Victron / Viper combination...

Thanks, Davy. The Victron / Viper combination we're using does all of this except we don't have the Silverleaf touch screen (we use our cell phone) and the Viper has a maximum run time of only 60...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-28-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,977
Posted By VanFan
I added a fan to circulate air between the space...

I added a fan to circulate air between the space behind the fridge and a space below an adjacent berth which is vented to the van's living area. Here's the fan I used:
...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-28-2019, 07:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Posted By VanFan
We have a 2017 Promaster.

We have a 2017 Promaster.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-28-2019, 12:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,214
Posted By VanFan
You can rent them nationwide at this website...

You can rent them nationwide at this website (similar to AirBNB or VRBO):

https://rvshare.com/

Pick the state and filter for Class B's. I'm in Texas and there are quite a few available here.
...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-28-2019, 12:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Posted By VanFan
Engine Auto Start / Stop System Suggestions?

Does anyone know of a remote engine start system that has these characteristics:

1) Simple (not requiring complex combinations of key fob button combinations to arm, disarm, and so forth);

2)...
Forum: Gear, Swag, Parts and Tools 06-02-2019, 10:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,458
Posted By VanFan
We have two Phantom retractable screen doors on...

We have two Phantom retractable screen doors on our build. One at the side door slides side to side. One at the rear slides top to bottom. Both use magnetic catches, and both work well. This is the...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 05-24-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 730
Posted By VanFan
Thanks for the thoughts, everyone. As always, I'm...

Thanks for the thoughts, everyone. As always, I'm impressed by the amount of knowledge available in this forum. I'll give that Ventev alternator noise suppressor a try.
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 05-22-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 730
Posted By VanFan
Crazy Rear View Monitor Issue

We have a Pruveeo rear view camera with the monitor clipped to our interior rear view mirror. I don't have the owner's manual (was lost by the upfitter) and it appears this model is no longer in...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 04-15-2019, 11:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,915
Posted By VanFan
Ah, I understand now. In that case with the kit...

Ah, I understand now. In that case with the kit we're planning to use, the rear wheels will get a knuckle lift, but not the front. In front, there are spacers added to the struts, so the relationship...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 04-15-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,915
Posted By VanFan
We've actually never had a problem on gravel or...

We've actually never had a problem on gravel or unpaved roads, and we do travel on BLM and Forest Service unpaved roads whenever possible. But more than once we're bottomed out on paved roads where...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 04-14-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,915
Posted By VanFan
Please educate me. What's a "knuckle lift" and...

Please educate me. What's a "knuckle lift" and are there any viable alternatives?
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 04-14-2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,839
Posted By VanFan
Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately I posted my...

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately I posted my original comment here, when I meant to post it here:...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 04-14-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,915
Posted By VanFan
I plan to add an Off Highway Van lift kit to my...

I plan to add an Off Highway Van lift kit to my ProMaster custom build.

Best thing about their kit is it actually lifts the rear axle. Instead of adding spacers that merely increase the space...
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