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Old 06-06-2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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DIY Van Electrical

I am getting ready to do the wiring in my DIY van (Ford E150). I am planning on one 4D battery in the back (under a bench seat) as well as a charger/converter and a shore power plug.

Initially i had planned to have the battery as well as the charger on the driver side in the back but i started thinking about weight distribution and thought it might be smarter to put the battery as well as the converter/charger on the passenger side with me being 220.

I was wondering of anyone had some input before i decide on which one. I am planning on running #2 wire from the front battery back and also have a shore power plug. WIth the shore power i am also wondering if i should keep it on the driver or passenger side

Any input would be appreciated


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Old 06-06-2009, 12:13 PM   #2
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Re: DIY Van Electrical

I don't know about weight distribution. But it's common for campsites with power to have the receptacle placed on the driver's side, so I'd put your plug there.

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Old 06-12-2009, 03:57 PM   #3
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Re: DIY Van Electrical

Definitely on the driver side. At least you have a chance of seeing you're plugged in before you drive off causing all kinds of damage. SMB cut in a door that houses all my electrical plugs and also makes a highly visible warning that something is plugged in. (you can see pictures of it at the web site shown below).
2 STR copper TW wire is a good choice and actually more than what SMB uses. I'd still run it in some kind of protector tube typical to what wire harnesses use. Weight distribution is going to be hard to figure unless you build the van first or have some very accurate measurements.
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