Grand Design reflection 311BHS
Basic Parts List
This installation was completed in July of 2022. The owner of this 5th wheel contacted me about a possible installation. He already had the batteries, but wasn’t sure what other equipment he needed. We had discussions about what he wanted from his system and I came up with a proposal based on those discussions. The customer accepted my proposal and we set an installation date.
This is a Grand Design Reflection model 5th wheel so the basement area is pretty tight. The Reflections do not have the drop frame basements like the Solitudes do, so there isn’t a lot of extra space in the basement area. I was unsure if I would be able to hide all the system equipment in dead spaces behind the basement walls as a result. Once the customer dropped the trailer off for the installation, I went to work opening up the basement walls. There was a cabinet on the interior wall of the 5th wheel that backed up to the basement. This cabinet had some dead space in it behind the main power panel. This dead space opened up into the basement dead space. Between the dead space in the cabinet and the dead space in the basement, I was able to fit all the batteries, the inverter, the lynx, the Cerbo GX and the shunt. The only thing I couldn’t fit was the solar controller. The rear basement wall was curved a bit and I was able to mount the solar controller behind part of this curve and along the basement wall. This kept the solar controller from excessively protruding into the basement area. Overall, I was very pleased with the component layout for such a small space. I did have to build a platform for the inverter to sit on so it could span some water piping and valve controls behind the basement wall.
This 5th wheel had OEM solar wiring run from the roof to the front battery compartment. This wiring was 10 AWG wire. In order to utilize this wire, I installed an MPPT 250/100 solar controller and installed eight 200 watt 24 volt NewPowa solar panels. The solar panels were installed in 4S2P configuration to keep the voltage high and the amperage low to take advantage of the OEM 10 AWG wire.
Once the installation was complete, the customer returned to pick up the 5th wheel. He was very happy with the final product and was looking forward to taking it out and using his new system.