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Electronic Installation

By |February 3rd, 2018|BUILD, ELECTRONICS, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Over the last two weeks I also started to install some of the electronic components I had made before. The square box in the middle is the Ethernet gateway module to connect to the CAN bus.

Installed the Ethernet switch for all the Ethernet components in this cabinet and also installed the DMX controller, which is not shown in the picture. Need to take another one.

The rectangular box to the right of the gateway unit is the control unit for the 8 latching relays below the gateway unit. These latching relays control the DC circuits. The circuits are switched off […]


By |February 3rd, 2018|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Again some time since the last post. I have been pretty busy with my commercial project, but still managed to do a few things on the van. Next week I will be in Sydney again for a few days, so not much time right now for the handy work.

I cleaned up the mess on the floor a bit and had to move the fridge out of it’s recess to get to the cables behind the switch board and battery panel to bundle them properly.

I also continued working in the bedroom. I built and finished the night stands in the […]

Bathroom And Miscellaneous

By |December 29th, 2017|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Last couple of days I have been working still on the bathroom and a few other things like the edging of the body and the wipe seals of the slide outs.

First thing was to lay the floor heating in the bathroom. I had already installed the thermostat and the power supply cables so it was not a big deal to connect the film segments. Works well and very quickly.


Next I have finished the edging on the bottom of the left outside. I use 25×25 white powder coated alu angle.


After the outside job I went back to the bathroom […]

More Bathroom

By |December 22nd, 2017|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

The last couple of days I have been working in the bathroom again. Done the door, the drawer for the vanity cupboard, the mirror and a shelf on the side of vanity. We decided against a mirror cabinet above the vanity to keep more open space in that small bathroom. It makes it a bit bigger. The shelf is enough for what we need and the drawer is pretty big anyway.

The mirror did not turn out that great, I may have to do it again. I used an alu honeycomb panel with a fibre glass skin and it was […]

Vanity Cupboard

Been working in the bathroom and underneath. Completed a couple of baggage compartments of the under floor storage and fitted one more baggage door. Still 3 to go before everything is done. I also have continued to work in the bathroom. Have started to work on the vanity cupboard and connected the vanity top and mixer.

The drawer under the vanity top is not done yet, that is next on the list.

The trim on the edges is also not done yet. The images are not very good, out of focus and a bit grainy, had not much light when I […]

Long Time – No Post

It has been a while since the last post. The last 3 months I have been busy with other things, mainly the renovation of a rental apartment. This took eight weeks to finish. Done pretty much everything new … new kitchen, bathroom, floor throughout, new backyard (grass out, paving out and new paving in), plants, retic in front and back, new laundry, painting, couple new doors, new main door, new aircon, blinds, fence etc … painting of course inside and some outside.

I also have been busy with my commercial project and my truck.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Routing Cables

By |August 16th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

The general concept for my electrical installation is that I can access any cable, connection or any electrical component easily without removing half of the cabinets. One aspect which needs a bit more attention to hide the cables are the slide-outs. Cables can only come into a slide-out close to the inside corner and one needs to leave enough length of all cables that they are long enough when the slide-out comes in but also fold out of sight when the slide-out goes out. Each of the slide-outs requires a slightly different approach to achieve this. The cabinet to the […]

Main DC Fuses Installed

By |August 12th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Today we had finally some better weather. No rain and it warmed up a bit, so it was pleasant to work outside. I continued to bolt down the batteries. The washers had arrived a few days earlier and I put all the bolts in and fixed the batteries. They will not go anywhere in a hurry. Before they move the van will disintegrate.

Mounted the shunt for the battery monitor onto the battery casing. That is the most solid point and easy accessible. I use a 1000A shunt. The standard 500A is not sufficient for this installation.

I had already made […]

Work Area – Ham Shack

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

Today I spent 3 hours at the van and done my work area. Fitted the doors, the sidewalls of the cabinets and cut the shelves and supports. Before I put the trim on all the small parts I tried how my gear will fit, just to be sure.

I have a desk extension which I can put across the passage way to the deck when we not using the deck. This gives me a bit more space. I placed the power supplies for my electronic work. The laptop functions as an oscilloscope for the electronic work.

I did not put any […]

Battery Control Panel

By |August 9th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Yesterday and today I was working on the cabinet in my work area and the electric cabinet in the kitchen. When I fit the trim to a panel I let it dry over night before I do anything else with it.

Yesterday I did the door for the electric cabinet to fit it today. I also did cut the doors and pieces for the cabinet in my work area and this morning I fixed the trim for that. I also had a meeting today but it only took a couple of hours. After that I fitted the door and made […]

AC – Supply Chapter 1

By |August 7th, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Have started to do some preparations for the electrical installation. Have fitted the braces for the batteries to fix them properly to the chassis and have done a sample connection for the first fuse  to the positive battery bus I made from some flat copper bar.

The main switchboard case is installed and before I can continue I had to finalise the plan for the power distribution of the 240V AC supply.

The image above shows the switchboard for the AC input through a 15 Amp and a 10 Amp socket. I use a total of 3 inverters, two 3000W Victron […]

Floor Heating

By |July 31st, 2016|BUILD, ELECTRIC, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

I had started to build the desk and cabinet in my work area. The desk is in with all edges trimmed, fits perfectly in the slide-out, which means the slide-out is perfectly rectangular with 90 degree corners. This is something I cannot always expect when I build it. I am not a cabinet maker and it shows at times (smile).

Before I can finish the cabinets under the work desk I have to finish the floor inside the slide-out because the side panels of the cabinets sit directly on the floor. I do not make a separate floor inside the […]