Post by joncloudvanman on Oct 5, 2015 12:08:34 GMT
Greetings. My name is Ray & i'm about to embark on a van life... type of thing ....which is nice !
Here's the lowdown. I bought a camper van, quite nice too, a Renault Trafic 1.9. It's pretty well sorted but there are some alterations i want to make for my travels. Some of those can be done on the road & so not urgent but there are 2 things which are burning issues & i'm on a limited time span before i set off in this cabin.
1. Solar. The van is already 12v wired & leisure battery fed but i want to go off grid solar & i'm trying to work out if i can hook up some panels into my existing power management box rather than intall an entire system right through. I have the cash for new batteries, panels & whatever monitoring gadgets are needed. I have until the end of October to get it going.
2. Heating. The van has no heating & i just know i'm gonna want some. I am looking for sound advice about that because i've seen that it can be kinda expensive but hey, i don't like being cold....not one little bit !
Anyway, i'm new & green here but i have done some van life before & i'm also a practical & handy type. I've come here to seek pointers & help in getting me kick-started. With all the stuff i need to do in a short time space my head is a bit fried right now but i'm working through it.
You should be able to hook up a panel(s) direct on your battery via a regulator. The regulator takes the voltage from the panel, often between 20-30v and gives a steady 14v or so just right for charging. The regulators aren't expensive, anything between £10 and £70 depending on how many bells and whistles you want. But you will need one.
Heating - running the van engine - or boiling a kettle/cooking a stew or hotpot can take the chill off as a temporary measure. As a more permanent measure, the cheapest is Propex heat source HS2000 blown air from gas. Around £400 new from Just Kampers (often the cheapest) or less on ebay 2nd hand. Other ideas could be an external petrol genny giving you 1000w or 2000w for a small fan heater - not always suitable for wilding. Or maybe a diesel heater like and eber or webasto - not so cheap to buy and can be noisy/pricey to run.
I lived in my van for 3 years with no heating other than the gas ring. Put on outdoor clothes and have a double duvet - does not suit everyone though.
Welcome to the forum. Hope you sort your van and enjoy your travels. Am sending this from France where I've been travelling round for a month in my Citroen relay SWB camper which has everything I need except a really comfy bed! It does the job but haven't the space to make it better...
kernowjon: Hi we nearly always freecamp - old age pension gives loads of leisure time but too little money to pay camp site fees. The van has solar panel, large water tank So we are pretty self sufficient. Jon
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