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Monthly Archives: September 2016

AC Distribution

By |September 29th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC|0 Comments

Over the last 2 weeks I have installed the AC switchboards. There is more to it than just a few images.The scope of the system far exceeds the content of a few posts on the website. Important to mention is that all breakers are double pole as required for portable structures. I have contactors to isolate the subboard when not needed to avoid unwanted standby currents.

I also use power meters with Modbus interface to monitor consumption of the air condition and the fridge. I also use RVDs additionally to RCDs. This is subject for another post.

The main switchboard above […]

12V Installation

By |September 29th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC|0 Comments

This week the large battery lugs arrived. I had plenty of B&S 0 but no B&S 00, which I had ordered. The main supply is B&S 00 from the batteries to the first distribution point. From here the 12V supply runs down towards the chassis battery and also to the inside. Both lines are B&S 0. At the main distribution point I also connected the small inverter.  A total of 3 big fuses are installed. Each connection is colour coded and the three fuses are connected with a bus bar I made from flat copper.

I also started to box in […]

Audio/Video System

By |September 29th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC|0 Comments

Last week I have received a Mini Pc  had ordered as a sample. It is meant to be driving the audio system and will be mounted close to the Logitech amplifier. I have designed the entertainment system around the old Logitech system I had in the slide-on camper. I really liked it, fairly compact subwoofer and several inputs including an optical digital input. I also will have a video server connected to the TV via HDMI 2.0 for full UHD 4K transmission. The HDMI cable runs back to a HDMI to Toslink converter for surround sound input into the […]

Ceiling Fan

By |September 28th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

A couple of days ago I installed a ceiling fan in the living area. The fan is a DC motor fan, which is very quiet and efficient, far more than AC motors. It is a 6 speed and can move a lot more air than 4 or 5 small 12V fans and still don’t need more power. I connect the fan to the small inverter and we can run it when the air condition is not needed. We will also run it when we heat with the split system to get the warm air down from the ceiling. This […]

Power Input Continued

By |September 28th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

I made the box with the power inlets earlier. Next I fitted the rear wall to mount the small switchboard to accommodate the relays required for the input selector.



The switchboard with four relays is mounted to be connected to the supply lines to the inverters.

The box is put in place inside the battery compartment and the supply cables are connected.

The switchboard is closed. This is the first component completely finished now.




The input selector is used to allow one or two supply lines to be connected. If only one lead is connected to the black connector a cross connection is […]


By |September 11th, 2016|BODY BUILD, BUILD|0 Comments

This is the front of the van after a few weeks of rain and not having a cover anymore. Lots of sticky stuff from the trees and dirt washed off the roof down the front. I should have installed some gutters a long time ago to let the water flow off to the side and not wash all the dirt onto the baggage doors. The little service door for the power inlets caught a lot of dirt and I want to keep the water away from it especially when power cords are connected.

I have plastic gutters, self adhesive, to […]

Power Input

By |September 11th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

The van has 3 power inlets. Two 15 amp inlets, each connected to one of the larger inverters, and one 10 amp connector meant to be used for the smaller inverter when no 15 amp connection is available. The supply for the smaller inverter can be switched between the 10 amp and a 15 amp supply. All three inverters have an automatic transfer switch for the AC input.


I have two different colour inputs. The black one also supplies the input for the smaller inverter. The inlets are placed behind a service door with openings for two leads. When the AC […]

Inverter Placement

By |September 11th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Over the last week I prepared a mounting base for the inverters in the battery compartment. The inverters are meant to hang on a wall for best ventilation, however they are 18kg each and the wall is an aluminium honeycomb panel, which may not hold the weight on rough roads. I decided to make a support, which allows for ventilation and solid support.

The support is built from the composite panel of the body cutouts.

I glued it together, made the required cuts for the cables and painted it.

After the paint dried I placed the support inside the battery compartment and mounted […]

Catch Up Post

By |September 5th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Since the last post about the cables I had done a lot of little things, most days for a few hours before I worked on my commercial project. This post shows mainly images of the things I have done. Facebook readers will not really have much to see from this post since only one image is copied to Facebook for each post.

More cables going in. I mark each cable with a tag.

This helps later to identify the cables when they get connected to the switchboards

I use three different types of cables in three colours, The main supply is 4 sqmm in orange, […]

Work Area Finished

By |September 5th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Almost, at least. The only thing left is the blind. Finished the pelmet the shelves and the cover for the cable channels.

Installed the lights and  switch for the indirect lighting around the work desk.

The blind is next when the motor I ordered arrives.

Audio System

By |September 5th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Amongst other things I have started to connect some components of the main audio system. I will make another “catch up” post  with lots of images after this one.

I use an old Logitech 5.1 audio system, which I had in the slide-on camper since 2007. It is still good, has a great subwoofer and is compact with the built in amp and the remote head unit. I really like it, all the newer ones never worked as good as this one and I did not want to use a full domestic stereo.

Originally I had decided to use the Logitech speakers […]