Alrighty, Time for an update on where I am with things.
Today I have been busy installing the new Solar controller in my caravan.
I managed to score a Tracer 30A MPPT Controller, 3 pair of MC plugs, 2 branch Y connectors, a cable entry box and a Tracer Remote Meter for a very nice price.
I have plenty of cable on hand.
First I looked long and hard at the space I had to work with to see how to best fit my equipment. The Solar Controller needs a lot of air flow around it as it has large heat sink fins behind it. I was going to use the wardrobe but there is too much restriction with the clothes in there. Then I though about an elevated cupboard on the opposite side of the caravan (where the remote meter is), but it is about a 6m run to the battery and the solar panels wiring would be all wrong too.
So under the front seat it was.
I used some off cuts from an old cupboard I got from a UK caravan as this is super light weight timber. This allows the Controller to sit well away from the wall as well as allowing air to move freely around it, the back of the seat has an air cavity behind it to allow air movement so overheating will not be an issue.
Controller brace timber cut to length,
Gluing and doweling,
Drilled and ready for mounting,
Motor Mover Controller moved from the back of the battery box to the wall with it's cables laid nice and tidy and the Solar Controller bracing screwed in place,
Here you can see the main wiring has all been tidied, the high current circuit breaker mounted and the factory LV (load) fuse attached to the back of the battery box,
The main Neutral stud I have installed to terminate all the neutrals as required,
This photo shows the Solar Controller in place, wired up and running. I did however run out of phase cable and had to use a short off cut to get power from the controller to the battery circuit breaker. The RJ45 lead has yet to be laid in its proper place as I have temporarily set it up for the display; testing purposes,
The remote meter showing load power and current with everything turned off. This is mounted in an elevated cupboard on the opposite side of the caravan next to the door. I have decided to leave it in here as I do not want to cut into the wall to have it on the outside at this stage. It is not an issue to open the cupboard to check what is going on. With this meter I can also change the all the modes & settings of the main controller. I made an extra long RJ45 cable for this as the one supplied was only 2m long,
I hope to be able to install the solar panels next weekend if they arrive by then, in the meantime it is temporarily running from the 80w panel that is sitting on the shed roof next to the caravan. I poked the Solar cable up through a spare hole in the floor.