Wire size, AC and DC circuits

You need to have the correct size wire for the amperage and voltage that will run through the wire.  Remember every wire should be protected by a fuse, limiting the … Read more

Charging with the Alternator

You can charge your batteries from your vehicles alternator.  The alternator delivers power to all the vehicles electrical components and keeps the starter battery charged.  The vehicles alternator may deliver … Read more

Solar Controller

I will use a MPPT charge controller.  Based on my research this type of charge controller does a better job when it receives high voltage.  So my solar panels will … Read more

Fuses and Circuit Breakers

A fuse is an intentional weak point in a circuit.  Fuses are designed to fail!   When too much current flows through a circuit, the filament in the fuse melts.  This … Read more

Furrules and Ring Terminals

There are many ways to connect wires together or to a terminal. Soldering an crimping are the most common. Crimping is easy, fast and effective.  Crimping crushes the wire around … Read more

Wire size

Solid wire (Romex) is commonly used in houses.  Solid wire cannot be used in a moving vehicle.  The constant vibration would break the conductor over time. All wires used in … Read more

Solar Panels

How many watts of solar do you need? The design of this van will have room for two, 200 watt solar panels.  That’s 400 watts.   Some vans have 200, 400 … Read more

Batteries

You need to decide how many cloudy days you want to go without moving.  What I mean by this is – if it is cloudy, overcast, or winter you will … Read more

System and Inverter size

How big, and how much will this electrical system cost? To get an idea you need to find out the electricity you will consume each day.  To do that gather … Read more

Cables and Lugs

Crimping terminals onto cables requires heavy duty crimping tools.   The most basic, and cost effective crimper is the hammer crimper.   This is what I used. You can also buy a … Read more

Cables + Lugs

This video show how to make your own battery cables.  Attaching lugs, and using a crimper. Wire 6 AWG   8 AWG  10 AWG  2/0   Lugs Crimper  Heat Shrink Tubing Large  … Read more

Main panel prototype

This is the main electrical panel prototype.  It include the solar panel circuit breakers, the solar charge controller, the main shut off, the 12 volt fuse panel, and the A/C … Read more

Bus Bars

These videos show you – Step by Step – how make a bus bar for your electrical system.   By using a bus bar you will cut down on the number … Read more