2020 Ram 5500 DIY Composite Panel Camper Build Thread

Jonnyo

Observer
They’re all basically the exact same price

$1000+/- per 100ah seems to be the norm for all brands across the board
such a fun build to follow up! keep posting update on the AC. i m interested in getting a AC for the my van. i build my own 300ah lithium battery and so far, it s been amazing and allow me to cook induction daily pulling 120ah at a time and also have my fridge, water heater, air heater all on 12v. solar and DC to DC keep up daily and it really make the rig awesome for boondocking!
 

Korey H

Member
Soooooo

One thing i was SUPER curious about was the AC and why no one runs this one in a camper, and folks seem to gravitate towards the overly complicated "Mini Splits" with lots of moving parts.

Did some testing today and temp wired it to the Multiplus

On high, it draws 60amps +/-

Started with the box a little warm, and it was ice cold within 15 minutes.

Ran it for exactly 30 minutes and it used exactly 30ah

Solar had it replenished back to 100% in less than 45 mins.

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I didn’t see the ac model in your post (likely just me) can you tell us more about it? I am about to pull the trigger on a Pioneer 9k btu minisplit. Thank you


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RAM5500 CAMPERTHING

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I didn’t see the ac model in your post (likely just me) can you tell us more about it? I am about to pull the trigger on a Pioneer 9k btu minisplit. Thank you
Sorry, I’m purposely not answering questions for people not willing to put in the effort to read.

That’s literally the entire point of a build thread. It’s one giant reference guide.

I even posted a direct link to it, detailing every single spec..

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RAM5500 CAMPERTHING

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such a fun build to follow up! keep posting update on the AC. i m interested in getting a AC for the my van. i build my own 300ah lithium battery and so far, it s been amazing and allow me to cook induction daily pulling 120ah at a time and also have my fridge, water heater, air heater all on 12v. solar and DC to DC keep up daily and it really make the rig awesome for boondocking!
Thanks man. Will do!

It’s starting to get colder now, so not sure when I’ll have much real world data.

Yeah, that’s the plan. Massive DCDC charger to make good use of the dual alternators while driving.

Onward and upward
 

Korey H

Member
Sorry, I’m purposely not answering questions for people not willing to put in the effort to read.

That’s literally the entire point of a build thread. It’s one giant reference guide.

I even posted a direct link to it, detailing every single spec..

[INSERT JOE BIDEN CMON MAN MEME HERE]
Yep my fault for not going back far enough. Reviewing over beers rather than coffee. Thanks for the build thread!


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motorman

Member
the power consumption of the AC unit is 'low' and assume once your ice cream cooler is down to temp the consumption would go down

AC on high for 2.5 hrs is a great result! congratulations and thanks for the detail


and the power density of the 300 ah single battery is a serious consideration for size and weight
if you add another battery not meeting your power demands will be a myth but it appears that the single will keep up due to the efficiency of the TC box

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ive been looking at the 200ah batteries on AMZN for $1k each and planning for 2 or 3
 

RAM5500 CAMPERTHING

OG Portal Member #183
if you add another battery not meeting your power demands will be a myth but it appears that the single will keep up due to the efficiency of the TC box
Thats what i am thinking. 2 batteries will be all i need. Might even get away with one. Will need to do more testing for sure.
 

RAM5500 CAMPERTHING

OG Portal Member #183
specifically regarding your AC unit & installation where did you run your condensate drain?
Honestly, i am not even sure what that is. Sooooooo.... I didnt run one! Hahahaha

I read the instructions online probably 10x before purchase and probably 5 more times before cutting the hole.

I dont see anything mentioned anywhere of a drain.

This is my first AC ever, and i am not savy on their workings at all.

Is this something i should be trying to look into more?
 
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java

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Honestly, i am not even sure what that is. Sooooooo.... I didnt run one! Hahahaha

I read the instructions online probably 10x before purchase and probably 5 more times before cutting the hole.

I do no see anything mentioned anywhere of a drain.

This is my first AC ever, and i am not savy on their workings at all.

Is this something i should be trying to look into more?
Likely just runs out onto the roof. Most rv AC is that way

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motorman

Member
Honestly, i am not even sure what that is. Sooooooo.... I didnt run one! Hahahaha

I read the instructions online probably 10x before purchase and probably 5 more times before cutting the hole.

I dont see anything mentioned anywhere of a drain.

This is my first AC ever, and i am not savy on their workings at all.

Is this something i should be trying to look into more?

thanks for the real world application and G2

to avoid the mini-split now i am looking at using the same unit you have used and was privately hoping there was a specific drain provided

the condensate draining off our diesel pusher w/ 3 units on the roof was a bane and cause unsightly stains during the 7-8 years we owned it

with the ambulance we have drip rails to direct it front or rear but was wanting a line if possible

maybe out west you do not have such a problem with humidity but in the SE 50% - 70% humidity is the norm
 

RAM5500 CAMPERTHING

OG Portal Member #183
thanks for the real world application and G2

to avoid the mini-split now i am looking at using the same unit you have used and was privately hoping there was a specific drain provided

the condensate draining off our diesel pusher w/ 3 units on the roof was a bane and cause unsightly stains during the 7-8 years we owned it

with the ambulance we have drip rails to direct it front or rear but was wanting a line if possible

maybe out west you do not have such a problem with humidity but in the SE 50% - 70% humidity is the norm
I honestly dont have an answer to that, but i will keep an eye on it, and maybe run a line if its needed.

Thanks for the info/heads up!
 
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