Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th August (to day 17)
Multiple phone calls and anxiously awaiting and checking with the diesel mechanic has been a daily occurrence for us.
We had Warren assist by installing the new batteries that we hope will see us out for more than just 2 years. In the installation process, while disconnecting wires and batteries to test, the very undersized Victron inverter that existed started smoking and was subsequently removed.
A newer and larger model was ordered online along with a new Victron MPPT controller that will not only better serve the system but will also accommodate a couple of additional solar panels should we decide to do that in the future.
The 4 x 140 ah AGMs should be good for a while at least and we may need to add another solar panel or two but for now, Brothers Sol and Wendy will be keeping the bank well charged.
Geoff’s blog explains the issues we had with the wiring and so while Warren was able to install the batteries for us, he was too heavily booked to undertake the 3 days of work needed to sort out the multitude of wires that go nowhere, or snake around the battery box creating a tangle of dangerous mess. We are more than aware of the problems but totally out of our depth with all things electrical and electronic.
We’ve had John come to check out the wiring and hopefully he will be able to help in the next couple of weeks – yes – we will be here for a while yet as we are still waiting on the oil pressure test.