Category: Electrical

Installing a gas heater

After 2 years of use we decided that having just an electric heater was not working for us. We found too many times we didn’t have shore power hookups but needed a bit of heat. After reviewing the options I decided on the Espar B4L M2 heater. Features included: Runs on Petrol (regular Gas for

New Inverter

One of the things I did during the initial build was to use a fairly cheap MSW (Modified Sine Wave) inverter. At the time I didn’t really know what type of devices I would end up wanting to power. I picked up an induction cooktop for times when we don’t want to light up the

Noco Gen 1 mini charger

I decided to add a trickle charger to the Van starter battery. This ensures that the battery stays topped up during periods of storage between trips. I was finding that if the van sat longer than a couple of weeks it was draining the battery down. The charger simply hooks up directly to the battery


There are 4 overhead LED puck lights in the ceiling controlled by a dimmer on the side of the galley wall in the electrical control spot. Here you can see the dimmer on the right and the 110v and 12v distribution outlets. There’s also the victron battery monitor. Under the overhead cabinet is the galley

Solar Panel

I’m mounting a single 285W 60cell solar panel to the roof. First up is to figure out the brackets to hold it in place, but allow it to be removed if needed down the road. Thinking about doing something like this. With nutplates riveted to a carrier strip of aluminum that is glued to the

Electrical Buildout

The very first thing was to take a volt-meter and test and label all the 12v circuits so that later once it’s in place in the van I can easily attach the branch circuits to the correct locations. I also added the 110v breakers that will serve the shore power system in the van. I