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Simple DIY Camper Van Solar Power System (Only $1,000)

This is a quick video showing all the components of our simple DIY camper van solar power system. We designed and installed this solar power system for only $1,000! It has met all of our electrical power needs while living in the van for 5 months while on the road.

The system includes 2 – 100 W Renogy solar panels installed in parallel on the roof. A 20-A Renogy MPPT charge controller to regulate the current between the panels and the battery, keeping the battery sufficiently charged. The battery is a 100-AH AGM Deep Cycle battery. Our system powers LED lights, a roof fan, a dual USB charger, and a 400-W inverter.

Here’s nearly all of the items we used (in the order discussed in the video):

Solar Panels and Charge Controller – https://amzn.to/2KjSoUe
MC4 Branch Connectors – https://amzn.to/2PmJxUM
MC4 “In-Line” Fuse – https://amzn.to/2PjS2j8
Weatherproof Cable Entry – https://amzn.to/2C3Fwmt
ANL Fuse – https://amzn.to/2Nz3lnn
Solar Battery – https://amzn.to/2v82LWz
6-Circuit Fuse Block – https://amzn.to/2Oz08Fb
Assorted Blade Fuses – https://amzn.to/2N13QcM
LED Lights – https://amzn.to/2AtccVm
Dimmer – https://amzn.to/2AxaN01
Toggle Switch – https://amzn.to/2N0e5OA
USB Port – https://amzn.to/2OzhlOT
Inverter – https://amzn.to/2wwO9zK

Here’s some of the best resources we found online while designing and installing our solar power system:

Exploring Alternatives “How to Calculate Your Needs” (Best Place to Start) – https://youtu.be/4eXB4vF8mKk

Gnomad Home “DIY Van Build Electrical” (Incredibly Detailed) –

Epic Guide to DIY Van Build Electrical: How to Install a Campervan Solar Electrical System

A Girl and Her Van “Guide to Going Solar” – (Really simple) –
http://www.agirlandhervan.com/where-am-i/goingsolar

Renogy Solar Sizing Calculator –
http://www.renogy.com/calculators

Blue Sea Systems “Choosing the Correct Wire Size for a DC Circuit” –
https://www.bluesea.com/support/articles/Circuit_Protection/1437/Part_1%3A_Choosing_the_Correct_Wire_Size_for_a_DC_Circuit

Follow along on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/courtneyzinckgraf/

Please comment below if you have any questions and we will get back to you!

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