Hey ya’ll, I’ve been reading a ton of the posts on this forum and love the variety of tips between people like Bretly, Van Dweller and others on power consumption vs intense battery/solar set ups. I was wondering if I could ask for some advice on deciding what to do for power in my sprinter?
I’ve tried reading a few articles about the different options and sifted through some of the power use charts and I’m just struggling to wrap my head around it all. When we bought our sprinter (2006 Dodge 3500) it already had two secondary batteries, a power inverter and what I believe is an isolator. Right now we’re able to run a couple of LED lights and a roof vent fan for a few hours before the inverter beeps to let us know the batteries are running low. The only charge the batteries are getting is from driving around.
Ideally I want to figure out how to have enough power to run the lights and fan for much longer each day and have enough power left over to charge two lap tops and two cell phones. Do you all think I can get away with avoiding solar (maybe by upgrading my batteries?) or should I bite the bullet and invest in a simple solar kit? I wont be living in the van full time, it’s more for longer road trips, so I’m hesitant to put tons of money into a complex set up.