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What are you doing to your van today?

Not today but in the next few weeks, I did this mod on the self build after seeing Techno100 doing the same, my sockets are a bit slack (steady) same on this van, both are 07 models so later ones might not need it, but I still have a few sockets as I imported a few and sold them on Ebay, so no real cost involved in doing it again

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This is the type I used, and are a much tighter fit, and also available in a USB dual socket.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/403216753...kAAOSw0TBgZYOs

I also fitted them both in the lounge area, they're ideal as the depth of the socket allows fitting to quite thick materials.
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I'm loading mine (in fact just finished) ready for our trip tomorrow. Plugged in; fridge on; bed made; boiler filled; water pressurised; clothes in; non fresh food in; odds 'n sods in.

Just fresh food and last minute bits tomorrow and then off for 11 days.
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hoping to get solar fitted next week while Liz is away (yet again) I also want to find a way to get the hab lighting to work independently of the swifts crap control panel, just need to pick up 12v and run it through the cupboards, got switches, blubs and wiring ready to go.
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Ever wondered why Liz is away a lot Kev?

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hoping to get solar fitted next week while Liz is away (yet again) I also want to find a way to get the hab lighting to work independently of the swifts crap control panel, just need to pick up 12v and run it through the cupboards, got switches, blubs and wiring ready to go.
Have you arranged 12v supply in back while engine running ?

That, to me, is one of the least desirable features imposed by the National Caravan Council in order for registration to be permitted, simply requires snipping one wire to disable and that could always be switched separately if you REALLY want to have no 12v in back while engine running……

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Have you arranged 12v supply in back while engine running ?

That, to me, is one of the least desirable features imposed by the National Caravan Council in order for registration to be permitted, simply requires snipping one wire to disable and that could always be switched separately if you REALLY want to have no 12v in back while engine running……
I would always want 12v in the back Dave, dunno why you wouldn't anyway, handy to have live lights and 12v sockets to charge tablets etc, and if pulling over in winter for a brew I would put the heating on high and leave the engine running, we also sometimes have a slow cooker running off an inverter too.
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I would always want 12v in the back Dave, dunno why you wouldn't anyway, handy to have live lights and 12v sockets to charge tablets etc, and if pulling over in winter for a brew I would put the heating on high and leave the engine running, we also sometimes have a slow cooker running off an inverter too.
I´ve got those in the Navajo, very handy for charging things and not draining the hab batteries when stationary.

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hoping to get solar fitted next week while Liz is away (yet again) I also want to find a way to get the hab lighting to work independently of the swifts crap control panel, just need to pick up 12v and run it through the cupboards, got switches, blubs and wiring ready to go.

We had a 180w Solar Panel fitted free as part of the purchase in late April 21 and it was great during Summer [over 400Wh 2 days running at a non EHU Rally}. The Scottish Winter has reduced the output hugely. Zero yesterday, and roughly 1/2 of December/January at 20Wh or less, with a 'peak' power generation of 5W! Tuesday was the first sunny January day, so, whilst we hunted for the Factor 50 suntan lotion, the Solar went mad and churned out 70Wh [followed by yesterday's zero output ...]


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