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thriftydutch

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I have a 2008 camper van given to me that I want to rewrite with a shore power outlet coming in to power outlet to plug in a charger converter , from there to two house batteries and to a 12 volt fuse panel. Also need a couple of 120 volt outlets.
Batteries will also be charged while driving from the alternator.
I’m looking for what I need in components and the simplest diagram to hook all this up.
Parts that I have are, charger converter, shut off switch, fuse panel . I have already installed a shore power outlet outside and a two battery box with venting to the outside.
Going on a trip in two weeks and cannot get the info I need.
HELP.
It’s not the van in the picture, that has been sold.


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thriftydutch wrote:

I have a 2008 camper van ...
Batteries will also be charged while driving from the alternator.

Wasted of time and money unless you are using a DC-DC charger.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

thriftydutch wrote:

I have a 2008 camper van ...
Batteries will also be charged while driving from the alternator.

Wasted of time and money unless you are using a DC-DC charger.


Or not, if you're smart, in a contained chassis like a little van. You could have full alternator charging real easy to a start battery and a pair of house batteries. Actually a great idea in a van, especially an older one with an easily upgraded alternator, if needed.

Unless you'd care to expound how this is a bad idea...I'm all ears!


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@thriftydutch, sorry, it is a very long explanation, but hope you find some direction. It's not super difficult if you have some basic electrical knowledge. If you don't have any, start now to make your trip in 2 weeks!
Are you also planning an inverter for 120V power, or just a pass thru shore power plug? Either way you'll also need and AC panel/breaker/breakers for the AC power. (Unless you hillbilly it and just rely on the breaker on the far end of the cord wherever that is.)

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