I am new to this forum (my name is Dan.)
I live in the Silicon Valley area. Anyway, I have a Sprinter that I bought that someone else converted. I am having some trouble with the solar and electrical system and trying to figure things out. There are a few different things going on and I expect someone that has done a conversion can help me figure out things quicker than I can do it on my own.
Wondering how to find someone local that can help. Happy to pay someone, but don’t know who to call.
I will describe the problems here in case anyone has any suggestions:
Issue 1: I have a global LF Pure Sine Wave Inverter/AC charger. It was not setup for shore power. So, I added a plug so I could use it to charge the battery. I don’t think it is working as the battery is not getting fully charged when I leave it plugged in. Maybe I set it up wrong, or maybe there is just some setting I need to put it on so it charges the batter. (I guess there is also a chance that they way the person who did the conversion set it up it is not connected correctly to charge the battery.)
Issue 2: I installed a Victron BM-712. I did this so I could get a better sense of what was happenning with the charge and my battery. (This is related to issue 1.). The Victron is showing 100% charge, but the voltage is low so i am pretty sure it is at 50%.
Issue 3: THis may be the source of all my issues. Not sure if there is a drain or something wrong with the solar panels in terms of the charging of the battery. It just does not seem to be holding charge. All I have running is a fridge, but the battery drains fairly quickly if I just leave it outside. Not sure if the solar is not charging it or if the fridge draws more energy than I thought it did or if there is some other drain. I replaced the batteries thinking this was the problem, but it still does not seem to be holding charge…
Thanks for any help. I know I am a newbie and these questions are not rocket science.