Thanks Von. I'm not doing anything near as extensive as Shaggy. Just some Glamping upgrades!
Today was a research day. Trying to get access to existing wiring. The camper is wired in typical RV fashion which is OK. But I want optimum performance from my charging stuff. So I'll upgrade some of the wiring to larger gauges to reduce voltage loss, add some circuit protection, and make it easier to service in the future if needed.
1st the stuff in the electronics box under the bench was installed before the faces were put on the cabinets. So I had to remove the cabinet face to be able to get to it.
A few screws and off it came.
Much better access. The loose wire is the solar cable from the roof and to the battery box. I checked the model and serial# on the battery separator. It appears mine is NOT part of the recall.
This is the cable that goes to the truck for battery charging while driving. it will be upgraded to 6 gauge.
And I'll add a pair of 8 gauge cables to run camper power to the truck cab to run the fridge in the truck off the camper battery.
I think I can get to most of the wiring between the bench box and battery box through the furnace vent. I'll remove the face of that cabinet if I have to but would prefer not. But some of the wiring goes through the propane box. I removed the face of the lower cabinet to access it.
Of course I'll need materials for this upgrade. 6/2 marine cable from truck battery to camper battery. 8/2 marine cable for fridge wiring to truck and for building a portable solar suitcase from my 2 60 watt panels. 16/2 cable just to have on hand for station wiring if needed. Fuse holders in 8 +12 gauge for solar panel wiring.
Lot's of different Anderson Powerpole SB50 connectors. Red for truck power cable. Orange for portable solar. Blue for fridge wiring to truck and into the camper compartment. I intend to get rid of the flaky lighter plug connection.
Plus 2 Marine 50 amp switchable circuit breakers. To be mounted at each battery. These will serve as battery switches and breakers. Also dust boots and covers for any exposed Powerpole connectors.
10' 10 gauge MC4 extension cables for the roof mounted solar panel. I have the MC$ wrenches as well.
Next is to inventory ring terminals and pick up any I don't have along with some more heat shrink tubing and Liquid Electrical Tape. And then lay out the locations of the components and start wiring and terminating.