“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”
– Dwight Eisenhower
People are often surprised that I’ll launch into a project without a plan. And that’s true, I almost never write anything down beyond a few basic sketches or concepts. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t done any planning, and that’s what this video is about.
This is the first of my videos on our 20k Project – the project to add over 20,000 watt hours of battery capacity to our new RV, the Winnebago EKKO. I’ve actually completed the project already (I’m just late getting the video up), and I can tell you that not everything went according to plan, and I’ve already modified some of the finished project. But that’s the nature of RV mods. So look at this video as “bright eyed and bushy tailed James”, eager to get to work on his big project.
And be prepared to compare this to “downtrodden, cynical, and grizzled James” at the end of the project!
The video is really long, I give you that. But you’ll learn what I had planned for the major electrical systems and components of this project. You’ll also learn some of the reasoning behind why I did things the way I did.
I won’t rehash the whole project here. That’s in the rather long video above. But I will use this space to answer questions on the parts and materials used, and my thinking behind some of the decisions I made. So ask your questions in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to answer them.
But I will give you some links here to the products I used. The major ones anyway. (Some of these are affiliate links.)
- Lithionics GTX320 Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries
- Victron Multiplus II Inverter Charger
- Victron MPPT 150/70 Solar Charge Controller
- Victron Lynx Distributor Bus Bar System
- WFCO 8930/50 RV Load Center
- Smart Plug RV Shore Power Connection
- Progressive Industries RV Surge Protector
- Zamp 170 Watt Square solar panels
- AC Infinity Thermostatically Controlled Fan
- Lippert Planet RV Pedestal Table
- 32 Amp AC Breaker
- Breaker Enclosure
- 32 Amp DC Breaker
- Solar Panel Cutoff Switch
- The flexible ducting in the inverter cabinet
Those are the big things. Other things… fire off your questions below!