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Monthly Archives: November 2016

On The Roof

By |November 23rd, 2016|BODY BUILD, BUILD|0 Comments

The second tarp, which was still hanging on a few threads, has finally given up and was shredded by the wind we had recently. I removed it completely and used the opportunity to work on the roof and on the edge. I installed edge trim on both sides, 6.5 m each piece, however it is not yet finished. A few bits are missing towards the front. Will do that in the next days before I put new tarps up. Will also give the front part of the roof a bit of a clean and also the top of the […]

Lithium Batteries 101 and BMS

I thought I post some information about Lithium batteries. Since the most frequented forum about caravans gets moderated to death I have seen an increase in emails I receive about Lithium batteries. Half information, scare mongering and totally inflated prices have confused a lot of people in the market. Caravan manufacturers go even that far to refuse warranty when somebody wants to install their own battery system.

I have built my own BMS (Battery MANAGEMENT System) as opposed to a Battery MONITORING System. The difference is that it actually balances the cells actively if something goes wrong or switches of […]

DC-DC Charger and IOT

By |November 21st, 2016|COMPONENT BUILD, ELECTRONICS|0 Comments

IOT stands for “Internet Of Things” for those who have not heard the term yet. It means the connection of all things which can talk to other things but are not really computers as such. Of course they are some sort of computer in the broadest sense but they are not PCs or systems meant for any interaction other than a specific purpose. Some say “anything that has an on/off switch” can be part of IoT eventually.  This includes fridges, washing machines, microwaves, lights, heaters and so on. Many have a smart TV which is connected to the Internet. […]

DC-DC Charger Finished

By |November 15th, 2016|COMPONENT BUILD, ELECTRONICS|0 Comments

Yesterday the case for the DC-DC charge arrived from China. After 6 weeks they shipped a second one because the first did not arrive. Now I do not know if it was the first or the second one. Anyway, it arrived and I put the DC-DC charger boards into the case and made the cuts in the back wall.

The case is spacious, but that is a good thing for ventilation. I mounted a temperature sensor on the step-up units to monitor any heat build up. I could even fit a small fran in that case if I have to. […]

First Experience With the Victron Components

By |November 15th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC|0 Comments

I purchased the Victron gear earlier this year. I installed the inverter/chargers, the BMV battery monitor and the Color Control GX a while ago and wired it all up, however I have not switched anything on until a couple of days ago.

I already made some comments earlier about the way Victron expects the Multis to be mounted and the case design is note really caravan friendly. Well I overcame the issue and can live with it.

I have chosen Victron for the “family” of products, meaning that the components talk to each other over a network and that I might […]

Another Blind Installed

By |November 14th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

A few days ago I finally went out to get some more alu extrusions for the blinds with the larger motors. I use a 32mm tube for the top, a 10mm tube  and a square profile for the bottom roller.

The motor is a 25mm 1.5Amp with remote. I use the bigger motor for the larger blinds and the smaller 20mm (0.5Amp) for the small blinds. All the fabric has arrive already a while back from Turkey. Works well and looks really nice. This completes the kitchen. Lights are finished, cupboards are finished, the only thing left is the water […]

DC Contactor

By |November 8th, 2016|COMPONENT BUILD, ELECTRONICS|0 Comments

Long time no post. Been busy with several things. Summer is coming, had to do a bit of whipper snipping around the property. Took several days to clear all the knee high grass and weeds in the main areas. Computer work and kiting reduces time for the van. Nevertheless I have been working on the Network Of Things as it is called in modern terminology. At this stage it is important to define where things go to make sure all the required connections are in. Despite the bus system there are still a fair few connections to be made […]