The second phase of Budgie's camper conversion involved fitting a solar power system. After much research around split charge relays, battery to battery (B2B) chargers and battery composition, we ended up with a 175 Amp solar panel charging a lithium battery via a B2B charger.
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Mounting the Solar Panel
Running the solar cables
After removing the cab parcel shelf and the front passenger corner of the side panelling, I was ready to drill through the roof.
Drilling a pair of 18mm holes through the side of my new roof was terrifying. Measure twice (or three times) drill once!
I decided to run the solar cables along the outside of the roof following the gutter line, which means they are mostly hidden behind the awning when the roof is closed. Remember to leave enough length for the roof to open!