One of the nice things about paying extra money for the Victron inverter is that it can also charge the entire system with shore power. What that means is you can keep the batteries topped off by simply plugging in to any outlet. Whether it’s your garage, a friends house, or a campground with a hook-up.
This is very handy if you plan to live in your van full time. One of the issues with living off the grid and having ample power is where do you source power when its cloudy, snowy and the solar panels aren’t charging as much as you need. Or, if you stay in one place for a period without driving (using the alternator to charge batteries). The obvious choice is to add a charging source from any outlet. This will allow the use of any ac appliances while also charging the batteries. Remember, the best thing about Lithium batteries is that they don’t mind being discharged, and they charge quickly and efficiently.
For this van the solution was straightforward. I drilled a 1 3/4″ hole in the van which will hold the plug (inlet). This plug is hard wired with 12 gauge Romex wire to the inverter. Very Easy!
The location of the plug was chosen by it’s proximity to the inverter, and not in the way of the sliding door.