So, as I said in my last post, we have done a few things to get Black Betty a bit more up to scratch. I spent 2 days with my dad (he’s a sparky) “Electify-ing” BB. She did have an anderson cable for charging, but it was 4mm2 cable, she had a battery but it had dropped a cell and was not accepting any charge, and she had 2 ciggy plug outlets but they were wired up with wire as thin as hair, I was not happy plugging in the new BIG fridge into these outlets so we made some changes.
I used 16mm2 cable for the Anderson charging cable, through a 50A circuit breaker straight to the new Ozcharge 120Ah AGM Deep Cycle battery.
A separate ‘heavy duty’ circuit of 6mm2 cable with an inline 20A fuse to a merit/ciggy plug power outlet for the fridge then 16mm2 cable from the battery to a fuse box for the rest of the circuits.
I put the fridge/charging on their own circuits because I plan to add an isolation switch eventually so I can kill all power to everything but the fridge and charge cable for when we are packed down and hitched up.
Off the fuse box I have a power circuit and a lighting circuit, all power cable was replaced with 6mm2 and the existing power outlet at the foot of the bed was replaced with a triple outlet, 1 ciggy, a dual USB and backlit LCD Voltmeter.
The lighting circuit has 2 zones, what I call the ‘trailer’ area in the back, and then the ‘front box’. I used strip LED’s and little inline light switches, I put up the LED’s in a way that they are behind some of the steel box section so that they illuminate the area extremely well, but are never shinning in your eyes. I had planed to use 2 x 1mtr strips in the trailer section but after wiring up 1 x 1mtr it was clear that a second metre wasn’t necessary.
In the front box I used 2 x 50cm strips, one on each side because this box can be accessed from either side of the camper, again, I put them up in a way that they do not shine in your eyes.
All in all I am VERY happy with the result. I still need to make up 2 x 1mtr LED strips on a bit of ally terminated with ciggy plugs that will be used 1 over the kitchen and 1 in the tent section, stuck up with magnets. Other then that I have plans to match up the rims and tyres with Peter Prado and make up a fridge slide similar to one of these:
Right – that should keep the blokes happy for a while! If anybody has some other camper trailer modification ideas I’d love to here them!