Excellent to have you around @SierraVanCampers ! That sounds pretty similar to my little camper build out plans. I have a 2000 13’ Scamp and as I DEFINITELY don’t have the experience as you do with all this, haha I am learning day by day and loving every second of it!!
When I first got it, March 2020, I had NO real knowledge of what I was doing, but after some research, I “upgraded” the scamps house batteries to 2x85ah vmaxx AGM batteries. Kind of wish I would’ve waited on pulling that trigger as I would’ve went with lifepo4 batteries now, but like I said, I didn’t know what I was doing and wanted to just “upgrade” the 20 year old lead-acids that needed replacement.
I then picked up a tiny 20w panel that included a 10a pwm controller to trickle charge the battery, again… haha this was all before I started really vesting time into figuring out what I was doing… I’ve since purchased 2x180w bougerv rigid panels for the roof, a Victron 100/20 w/bluetooth controller, victron battery protect, and victron bmv-712 monitor to eventually add to the system.
The system works fine for what it is, and until I can expand my wife’s mindset on camping, (haha good luck to me right?!? ) we’ve been mostly camping connected to shore anyways. So I haven’t had the real need to connect my added panels/solar generators to this system yet, and a huge plus, I didn’t need to spend extra money in replacing the progressive dynamics pd9130 converter and janky electrical wiring/system that was already in place.
When I switch to lifepo4 down the line, that pd9130 will need to get upgraded as it isn’t meant for lifepo4 battery chemistries, but anyways, my question for you sir… is how are you doing your “transfer switch” to get the different systems to work properly?
For simplicity sake, let’s just say all powered appliances are 12v, running from my 12v fuse panel. (Ignoring the inverter I currently use for high draw AC items)
I’ve picked up a blue sea 6007 4-position battery switch but my issues come with how to get it setup properly so that I can switch between using my house batteries and solar generator, all while being able to charge either system via the solar lines, shore power/converter lines or tow vehicle aux/converter lines?
Here’s the blue sea 4-position switch I purchased…
Is this one even going to work??
I know the so-gen(solar generator) has an internal mppt so I will need to have a another, separate switch coming from the panels to bypass the charge controller when solar charging my so-gen. But how do I go about wiring the blue sea transfer switch to select what source is powering the 12v fuse box/appliances, while keeping the existing converters functions?
Could you possibly upload a picture of your wiring setup when you get it dialed in by chance John?? I’m eager to learn and appreciate any and all tips from the pros such as yourself! Haha