Not expecting campgrounds with power while visiting Alaska or the many many miles before getting there, I rethought what I might need on a daily basis. Power, both 12 VDC and 120VAC was going to be needed. I had earlier installed a 2nd House battery under the dinette seat, fed by 10 gauge wires off the Ford OEM installed battery located up in the cramped engine compartment. The original had lots of connections already, so one more small one was deemed OK.
Later though, I installed a small 'modified sign wave' (square wave) inverter for simple 12VAC loads like shop vac, microwave, electric drill etc. The things you might need on occasion but hopefully without the need to start a big generator(which I had already removed).
Project 19: Generator Upgrade
I ordered a package of 3, 100 watt Solar Panels
|Installed the 3 on the Forward roof of the Tioga|
When I returned to Florida 8 months later, I added another battery a few feet away from the other 2 (that now makes 3) batteries in the "house" system. Have to admit though, having these additional batteries fed by only a 10 gauge wire limited the benefits when charging by the engine.
The solution from many standpoints was to increase the House Bank of Batteries to 4 - 'Series 29' big boys and install larger wiring.
Now, Dec. 2018, I did just that.
Engine Compartment Driver's Side BEFORE:
|One House Battery was the Original configuration from the factory and still the compartment was cramped.|
|Wiring was 'do able' but NOW I've cleaned up this area and made the whole House Battery Bank 'System' better.|
Engine Compartment Driver's Side after relocating this and ALL house batteries behind the driver:
First mod: Adding a single additional battery tied into the front OEM House battery.
|(under forward Dinette seat)|
Later increased number to 2 batteries and placed under the rear dinette seat. This was for the Alaska trip.
|Installed these under the Rear Dinette seat instead of Forward Seat.|
but NOW...., the final Upgrade: Went back to the Forward Dinette Seat and installed: (4) large "Series 29" Marine/RV Deep Cycle Walmart Max-EverStarts. (Walmart brand, if needed anywhere in the US). Total Amp Hours now in the House Bank is 350. (RC@ 25 amp figure for battery, multiplied by .4167)
(Installed them under the forward Dinette Seat/same compartment as Water Heater.)
|Added a 3/4" separation panel between batts and Water heater and had to shift some plumbing lines to make room.|
|Mounted this PROwatt SW 1000 in the small space below the refrigerator. Perfect!!|
These mods, can be done to most any RV.