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  • in reply to: Doing the electrics #114515
    Owelly
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    The simplest way would be to
    The simplest way would be to have a pair of sockets inside the van. One fed from the inverter, and the other from the EHU. Then run the van electrics via a 13amp plug on a flying lead which you plug into whichever socket is powered.
    I used modular switches mounted to the back of a rotary control to make a change-over switch.

    in reply to: Doing the electrics #114517
    Owelly
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    The simplest way would be to
    The simplest way would be to have a pair of sockets inside the van. One fed from the inverter, and the other from the EHU. Then run the van electrics via a 13amp plug on a flying lead which you plug into whichever socket is powered.
    I used modular switches mounted to the back of a rotary control to make a change-over switch.

    Owelly
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    Apologies, that was a bit
    Apologies, that was a bit short!
    250w at 115v = 2.174amps
    250w at 240v = 1.04amps (if you’re using an inverter, they can have a 20-35% loss)
    250w at 12v = 20amps. If you have a 100ah battery, it would theoretically run for 4 hours. In reality, once the charge starts to drop in the battery, it will discharge quicker until it doesn’t have enough power to run the AC units. You’ll be lucky to get an hour out of it.
    So, how big are your batteries and PV panels?

    Owelly
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    Apologies, that was a bit
    Apologies, that was a bit short!
    250w at 115v = 2.174amps
    250w at 240v = 1.04amps (if you’re using an inverter, they can have a 20-35% loss)
    250w at 12v = 20amps. If you have a 100ah battery, it would theoretically run for 4 hours. In reality, once the charge starts to drop in the battery, it will discharge quicker until it doesn’t have enough power to run the AC units. You’ll be lucky to get an hour out of it.
    So, how big are your batteries and PV panels?

    Owelly
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    Numbers….?
    How big are your aux batteries?
    250w at 115v……..?

    Owelly
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    Numbers….?
    How big are your aux batteries?
    250w at 115v……..?

    in reply to: Day van heating #114651
    Owelly
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    What size van?!
    I’ve found that the cab-heater isn’t really up to keeping the rear of a large van warm. Even if it’s well insulated, there’s a lot of space to keep warm. It’s for this reason that most large MPVs (and Mazda Bongos) have a separate heating system in the rear.
    I’ve gone one step further and I’ve fitted an Eberspächer air heater in the back of my conversion. It keeps the rear toasty warm whilst travelling as well as whilst ‘wild-camping’. I also have an Eberspächer water heater to plumb-in which will heat the stored water, run a couple of low lever heat-strips as well as pre-heat the engine when necessary. My Eberspächers run off my main diesel tank and use such a tiny amount of fuel, you don’t notice it. They also have a low-voltage protection built-in so they shut down if the battery voltage gets a bit low.

    in reply to: Day van heating #114654
    Owelly
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    What size van?!
    I’ve found that the cab-heater isn’t really up to keeping the rear of a large van warm. Even if it’s well insulated, there’s a lot of space to keep warm. It’s for this reason that most large MPVs (and Mazda Bongos) have a separate heating system in the rear.
    I’ve gone one step further and I’ve fitted an Eberspächer air heater in the back of my conversion. It keeps the rear toasty warm whilst travelling as well as whilst ‘wild-camping’. I also have an Eberspächer water heater to plumb-in which will heat the stored water, run a couple of low lever heat-strips as well as pre-heat the engine when necessary. My Eberspächers run off my main diesel tank and use such a tiny amount of fuel, you don’t notice it. They also have a low-voltage protection built-in so they shut down if the battery voltage gets a bit low.

    in reply to: hello and help with advice on my 81 dyna camper #114659
    Owelly
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    Engine replacement.
    Are you wanting to keep it petrol? If not, I’d go for an Omega 2.2dti engine and ‘box. Nice and compact and plenty of power. Or how about a BMW derv?

    in reply to: hello and help with advice on my 81 dyna camper #114662
    Owelly
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    Engine replacement.
    Are you wanting to keep it petrol? If not, I’d go for an Omega 2.2dti engine and ‘box. Nice and compact and plenty of power. Or how about a BMW derv?

    in reply to: Being wakened by police #116367
    Owelly
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    Plod.
    We’ve only been disturbed by the BiB once. We were parked in a remote layby and had just settled for the night. It would be about 10pm, the kids were asleep so it was pointless for us to be awake!
    I heard a car pull up behind us and it was sat with the engine ticking over for about five minutes, then I heard footsteps and a knock on the drivers door window. Plod asked the what I was doing, where was I from and who was in the van. I answered his questions and passed him my wallet which contained my drivers licence, bank cards, work pass, etc. he asked how long we intended to stay. I said we’d be there “until we’d eaten our breakfast unless that was a problem?”
    He seemed happy with us and off he went.
    I’m happy to play ball as it’s us that are out of the ordinary.

    in reply to: Being wakened by police #116369
    Owelly
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    Plod.
    We’ve only been disturbed by the BiB once. We were parked in a remote layby and had just settled for the night. It would be about 10pm, the kids were asleep so it was pointless for us to be awake!
    I heard a car pull up behind us and it was sat with the engine ticking over for about five minutes, then I heard footsteps and a knock on the drivers door window. Plod asked the what I was doing, where was I from and who was in the van. I answered his questions and passed him my wallet which contained my drivers licence, bank cards, work pass, etc. he asked how long we intended to stay. I said we’d be there “until we’d eaten our breakfast unless that was a problem?”
    He seemed happy with us and off he went.
    I’m happy to play ball as it’s us that are out of the ordinary.

    in reply to: Greetings!! #114639
    Owelly
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    Thanks.
    Thanks.

    in reply to: Greetings!! #114642
    Owelly
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    Thanks.
    Thanks.

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