We’re very proud to present you the electrical system installation of our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion!
Please note that there is more interesting and educational stuff in our “Campervan Electrical System Design” article:
TIME SPENT ON THE JOB: ~40 hours
(We honestly don’t know the exact hours; there was so much work performed here and there, some things were completed later, some things were improved, etc. Needless to say, this is an approximation!)
TOTAL COST : ~2000$ USD (this excludes the solar panels installation)
You will find the wiring diagram “as installed” here. However, we since revised it. What’s wrong we the “as installed” one? Nothing, it passed the test of time and it works exactly as it should! Then why change it? Here’s why:
We realized many people are just replicating it (which we think is great!), so we wanted to make it
- easier to understand (see our new Interactive Diagram AND new tutorial “From Blank Page to Wiring Diagram in 15 Steps”)
- easier to install (more intuitive design and less components to install)
- easier to use (Plug-and-forget, monitoring via Android or iPhone)
- easier to adapt to anyone’s need (many features can be deleted/modified for different needs/budget. See our suggestions.)
It’s the result of the ultimate question: “If you had to start over, what would you change?”. Answer: we deleted some features we never used in the real world and we updated some components because we like to stay up-to-date with the latest technology.
To replicate the electrical system, click on any product in the wiring diagram above, check out our Amazon Wish List (amazon.com/shop/faroutride), or use the table below:
|Lifeline AGM Battery 255Ah – GPL-8DL||255Ah AGM Battery.||1||amzn.to/2qMYxRh|
|Blue Sea Terminal Fuse||150A or 175A or 200A or 250A (see LOADS 120V on wiring diagram)||1||Fuse: amzn.to/2J81TWc|
|Blue Sea Battery Switch||This is to isolate the battery from the system. Mandatory! For safety and if you have some work to do on the system.||1||amzn.to/2vry15e|
|Blue Sea Bus Bar||This is to make multiple connections to the battery positive and negative. 250 Amps Max.||2||amzn.to/2qGvMWj|
|Blue Sea Fuse Blocks||This is to connect all the 12V loads to the system with appropriate fuse.||1||amzn.to/2HLQNGU|
|Fuse Assortment||Fuse kit (2A 3A 5A 7.5A 10A 15A 20A 25A 30A 35A).||1||amzn.to/2J5348W|
|Blue Sea 40A Breaker||1||amzn.to/2JU8Knw|
|Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor with built-in Bluetooth||Note: shunt is included.||1||amzn.to/2J3N0Ez|
|Renogy 160W Solar Panel||To harvest the sun!||2||amzn.to/2EXu1cq|
|Victron SmartSolar MPPT Solar Charge Controller 100V 30A with built-in Bluetooth||Solar Battery Charger.||1||amzn.to/2J4Z7kK|
|15′ Extension Cable with MC4 Connectors||Solar Panel cables are not long enough to reach the charge controller||1||amzn.to/2Hj4y2Y|
|Right Angle Cable Glands||To route the solar panels wire through the roof.||1||amzn.to/2HesyAt|
|Blue Sea 40A Breaker||To isolate and protect the solar controller. Useful during the system installation and after for reworks.||2||amzn.to/2JU8Knw|
|Sterling 1260 B2B Charger, 12V, 60A||Battery-to-battery charger.||1||amzn.to/2EXvHme|
|Blue Sea 70A Fuse||As per Sterling manual.||2||amzn.to/2HcQIek|
|Blue Sea Fuse Block||To hold the fuse.||2||amzn.to/2J6tQxD|
|Samlex Solar SEC-1250UL Battery Charger 50A||Smart Battery Charger.||1||amzn.to/2vt0FmC|
|Blue Sea 60A Breaker||1||amzn.to/2K02lY9|
|Samlex Solar PST-1500-12 Pure Sine Inverter, 1500W||To convert 12V DC to 120V AC.||1||amzn.to/2JVp6fD|
|Maxxair 6200K Roof Fan||faroutride.com/fan-installation/||1||amzn.to/2qJCbA1|
|LED Ceiling Lights||faroutride.com/led/||2 or 3 pack||amzn.to/2vpyyVs|
|Blue Sea 12V Socket||We installed 12V sockets because it’s a “neutral” standard; it won’t change with time (as opposed to USB standard) and we can charge any device with it. To charge our phones, we use this: amzn.to/2EXgktX||4||amzn.to/2JVPypv|
|Shurflo Revolution Water Pump, 3 GPM||faroutride.com/pressurized-water-system/||1||amzn.to/2J9NqZQ|
|Webasto Air Top 2000 STC Gasoline Heater||faroutride.com/air-heater-installation/||Choose one (Fuel or Propane)||Gasoline Model or Diesel Model|
|Propex HS2000 Propane Heater||faroutride.com/propex-install/||Buy from ebay|
|Novakool R5810 Fridge, 12V only||We recommend a fridge that have a Danfoss compressor. They’re the most efficient.||1||We went for a front-loading Novakool R5810, but some people prefer top-loading.|
|Sirocco ii Gimbal Fan, 12V||A sweet wall fan mounted on a 3D gimbal! faroutride.com/sirocco-fan-review/||1||amzn.to/2HKy7HR|
|Nature’s Head Composting Toilet||There’s an exhaust fan that pulls a tiny amount of current (0.01A).||1||amzn.to/2qJOsEA|
|Note: wires, connectors, etc. varies a lot with each system, so it’s not possible to make an exhaustive list of all the material and quantities…|
|Ancor Marine Grade Duplex Wire||amzn.to/2BS42le|
|Ancor Marine Grade Heat Shrink Terminal Rings||amzn.to/2gGZ3Ju|
|Ancor Marine Grade Heat Shrink Butt Connectors||amzn.to/2J4trfh|
|Ancor Marine Grade Heat Shrink Disconnects (male and female)||amzn.to/2JXwN56|
|Ancor Marine Grade Heat Shrink Adhesive Tubing||amzn.to/2HBYJwS|
Let’s get to work!
First of all, the location of every major component was determined to minimize the space occupied by the installation. The 3D model layout was very handy for this task.
There are just too many steps and details to cover everything, so what follows is some pictures of the installation process.
(Click on the picture to enlarge)
ON SECOND THOUGHT…
- We added a remote to the inverter, because sometimes (alright, most of the time) we forget to turn it on before driving to charge the battery. Here is the remote: http://amzn.to/2hLJBjU
- We decided to minimize the electrical cables length, so we don’t have a sexy distribution panel to display our switches. The switches are a bit hard to access, it might irritate us in the future. We’ll see.
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