Ep. 249: Boondocking Machine! | Xantrex Freedom Pro XC 3000 install & test | RV travel camping

Avatar admin | April 6, 2022

Ever since we took delivery in October 2020, we've been working to turn our Durango fifth wheel into a true boondocking machine.

Last year we installed 600 watts of solar on the roof and swapped out our two lead acid wet cell batteries for three Battle Born lithium batteries.

But that was just the first phase. Even with doing our own labor the total buildout was going to cost us around $7,000 so we needed to stage the upgrades. Earlier this spring we doubled our solar panels to 1200 watts, replaced a cheap GoPower PWM solar controller with a Victron MPPT SmartSolar controller, and installed a fourth Battle Born lithium battery.

Now it's time for the final phase: to replace the 1200-watt Xantrex inverter installed at the factory by KZ with a 3,000-watt Xantrex Freedom Pro XC 3000 inverter-charger that will power nearly the whole house.

Filmed: March 26-April 4, 2022


  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:44 Preparing our RV for boondocking
  • 1:48 Why upgrade the inverter?
  • 2:22 Installing the Xantrex Freedom Pro XC 3000
  • 4:40 Time to test!
  • 5:57 Wrap-up



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