Getting your head around electrics can be tricky and frustrating at times, but once you've done it, the rewards are superb! To begin with I built my battery box making sure that it had ventilation. I got myself two Numax XV35MF 120Ah working out that this sort of system will allow me to be off-grid for as long as i need.
Once my batteries were housed I chose to install the Ring RSCDC30 first, this allows the battery bank to be charged when the engine is running. Eventually I will install solar panels to get the full use out of the MTTP system. Once the charger was installed I wired up the fuse box, the lights and my 12v celing fan! .
After I installed the smart charger I only had a few more electrical appliances to install. I wanted a charging station next to the bed and had been left with a perfect space for it just on the end of my counter top. I brought two double USB ports and another two regular car charging points, i wired them all up and fitted them onto a piece of ply that fit nicely into the gap.
Next I installed my Waeco CRX50 12v compression fridge, I ran all my wiring back to the fuse box through conduit at the back of each cupboard. I installed a 2000w inverter, knowing that I wouldn't need to use this often but would need it for my Dremel kit and laptop charging! The only thing I was missing now was a pump for my water system and solar input!
I'd been given a pump for free so installed it. The pump didn't work and I later realised that it needed to be gravity fed,with my set up I didn't have the right water containers to use this pump so ended up buying a Reich Submersible pump instead, I wired this up to a simple LED switch on the side of the countertop.
I installed the solar panels in a day, it took me a while to drill holes through my roof bars as I had old rusty drill bits but with a bit of persistence I finally got there. I designed the solar panels to be held on the roof but also have the option to tilt them for maximum sun coverage when stationed somewhere for longer periods.