Top 5 RV Modifications Caravan owners love to tinker and improve their home away from home, ensuring comfort is maximised. Each issue of Roaming RVs will feature four of the most popular and best-value-for-money modifications. Some of them are DIY, for others a professional will be needed to do the work. House Battery Everyone has done it: tripped over a rogue toy on the ground or bumped into that bench corner in the dark. Having light is important on your trip to avoid injury. There are of course several options for lighting up your caravan or campervan when it’s away from mains power, but a great way to produce sufficient light is by using a house battery. While the size of the battery needed will depend on how much power you use and how long you will need to use it before recharging, for most travellers a 100 Amp-hours (Ah) should be sufficient. There are many different types of house batteries ( Maintenance free, GEL and AGM or just a few); however, AGM deep cycle or dual purpose batteries are recommended as they are long-lasting and quick to recharge.
Solar Panels MOST RV OWNERS who travel off the beaten track for long periods have a common problem: they need to keep an auxiliary battery (or batteries) charged to power a fridge, lighting, water pump and probably a 12V TV and a laptop. The tow vehicle already has its own charging system with the alternator. And many 4WDs are fitted with deep-cycle (DC) auxiliary batteries that are recharged when the vehicle is driven, and can continue to run a portable fridge for two to three days (depending on the ambient temperature and temperature setting) when the vehicle is idle. Similarly, many motorhomes, caravans and camper trailers are equipped with their own DC auxiliary batteries, which are recharged via the tow vehicle. But even if you run your built-in fridge off gas, which is the most efficient way, the power you need for lights, pumps, and even the spark to light your gas stove, will dwindle unless you can return some power to the RV’s battery.
egulator Unless you want to destroy your battery, a solar regulator is a necessary accompaniment for solar panels. The solar regulator is inserted between the solar cells and the battery. It is best to purchase a solar regulator that uses Maximum Power Point Tracking and has built-in multi-stage battery charging. Of course, it is also important to ensure your regulator is sized appropriately to the house battery. Inverter For many people, spending even a couple of days away from technology can be difficult. For those worried about missing their favourite TV show or not being able to update their Facebook status, a DC/ AC inverter is the perfect solution. With a decent 12V battery, a pure sine wave inverter, which uses very clean power suitable for TVs and computers, can be installed. The technology addict will be tweeting about how much they love it! Water Pump Long gone are the days where sweat will drip from your forhead as you push up and down on a pump handle on a sweltering summer day in an effort to fetch water. Your body will thank you for installing a 12V water pump, which only requires a flick of the switch. While manual pumps need the switch to be turned on and off, the automatic version will pump water automatically when needed. Whether you choose to go for the manual or automatic, you will be able to sit back, relax and let the water run. * If you have completed some modifications to your own RV, we would love to feature them in an upcoming issue. Please send a description and some pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Red Dog Campers can supply and/or install all the above modifications. Call us on 07 5528 6270 for a quote.