Solar and Alternator Combination
I am very new to the solar community. I have recently gutted a 1995 G20 Conversion van and I am in the process of turning it into a camper. I have done some research and believe I understand some basic ideas/components about solar. However, I am finding it difficult to locate information regarding charging a battery with both solar panels and the alternator of the van. Is this possible? If so how would the two parts be linked together? I currently have a battery post on the frame of the van directly behind the drivers seat. It was used for the electrical bed that I have removed. Would it be possible to use this incoming battery feed to charge a secondary battery with the alternator? My thoughts were to hook up an AGM deep cycle battery to the alternator and eventually get solar panels when I have the money. I am planning to install low voltage LED lights throughout the van and also have an inverter to charge a laptop, camera batteries and some other electronics from time to time. If I have to hold off on the inverter until I get solar panels that is fine. The only other component I am considering is a 12v bilge pump if I decide to install a fresh water tank under the van. Thanks ahead of time! Looking forward to finally understanding this stuff!!
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