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We’ve upgraded the power system on our RV

We just upgraded the power system on our 2019 Leisure Travel Vans Unity FX.

If you are a regular reader, you know Jen and I love to boondock, off the grid, for multiple days.

With the two AGM coach batteries we had in our Unity (we upgraded from the stock lead acid 6 volt batteries to AGM when we bought this unit in March) we were able to  stay out there for three or so days, maybe four if we had a lot of unobstructed sunlight for our 400 watts of solar panel to keep topping off those AGMs.

With the two new 100 amp Battle Born lithium batteries we just installed, we can now probably get a full week out here.

Here's a video showing just what we did, how everything works together and how it was installed.

I want to give a strong shout out to Joe from the M53 RV and Trailer in Almont, MI. M53 RV and Trailer is a mobile tech center and Joe came right to our driveway to make sure things were working right.

For the record, here's what we upgraded to:

  • Two 100 amp Battle Born LiFePO4 lithium batteries (replacing two deep cycle AGMs)
  • A 2000 watt Victron Multiplus Inverter/Charger (replacing the 1000 watt stock Magnum inverer that came with our RV)
  • A Victron SmartSolar Charge Controller MPPT 100|30  with Bluetooth (replacing the stick controller that came with the Magnum 1K inverter) 
  • A Victron BMV-712 Battery Monitor with Bluetooth

The Bluetooth capabilities let me monitor system performance, turn on and off the inverter, and see how much power I am consuming and how much time I have before the batteries are depleted. This is 

More info on all of those products, wiring instructions, hand holding and installation suggestions is available through our affiliate link with Battle Born batteries at

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2019-06-06

Mike Wendland is an Emmy award-winning journalist, traveler, and producer of RV Podcast, the RV Lifestyle travel blog, and the RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube. Mike, traveling with his wife Jennifer and their Norwegian Elkhound, Bo, has vast experience and a great passion for exploring North America, previously working as a long-time NBC-TV News Channel Technology Correspondent and now sharing his love for the RV lifestyle with millions. Mike is not only an adept RV life enthusiast but also a skillful storyteller, bringing to his channels stories from the road that perfectly capture the magic and hardships of this lifestyle.

2 Responses to “We’ve upgraded the power system on our RV”

July 16, 2019at3:25 pm, Dave said:

Cost please to do all you have had done.

June 10, 2019at2:46 pm, Harry salit said:

I noticed you installed the Solar Charge Controller in the same place, near the roof.

I have been told to install as close to the battery as possible for the best efficiency.

Also noticed it is 30 amps, your current 4 panels could put out around 20 amps, so this allows to add just one more panel, maybe 2 if you have the room.

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