Backup Sensor Review

What do you gain by using a backup device and do you need a visual clue on a display screen and an audible signal to make parking or driving safer?

These are some of the questions you’re faced with when buying a new car or van. Just four wheels, a comfy seat and a custom color used to be all that was needed, but in today’s world it’s all about gadgets.
My 2016 Ford Transit came standard with a backup camera and display, but I still wanted to consider a backup sensor.

Backup Camera System

I can’t compare it with after-market custom camera systems, but during the last few months, I have started to embrace the camera and display. Continue reading Backup Sensor Review

Ford Transit CCP

The Ford Transit, like many of its competitors, is equipped with a Customer Connection Point (CCP) that enables the upfitter to access the surplus electrical power produced by the engine’s alternator.

A direct connection between alternator and the house battery bank of a RV has always been the acceptable way of charging the batteries. But vehicle alternators have been changing in the past few years and less suitable for this kind of setup. Continue reading Ford Transit CCP

Van Conversion Projects

I recently finished the first two (small) projects on the long road of a complete van conversion. At the same time I’m working on several new modifications.

dual usbReplacing a 12V outlet in the dashboard with a Dual USB socket was a quick job, soon followed by the installation of a Backup Parking Sensor inside the rear bumper. Though not very complicated, these tasks slowly build up my confidence and insight in the construction of the van. Continue reading Van Conversion Projects

Samlex SAM-450-12 Modified Sine Wave Inverter

After the decision to buy the Samlex 450w inverter, it was a matter of ordering on-line. samlex plug-inI received the SAM-450-12 Modified Sine Wave Inverter this morning and by all means, it’s a fairly small and lightweight device, but that’s to be expected when we’re dealing with these small loads.

No remote start is included, but it has a built-in 2.1A 5V USB outlet, dual 110V outlets, a set of cables with a cigarette lighter plug, a set of cables with battery clips and a readable manual.
Continue reading Samlex SAM-450-12 Modified Sine Wave Inverter

How A Simple Inverter Saved My Day!

I’m just at the beginning of the conversion of my cargo van and the decision about the final design of the electrical system is still a long way off. I had to rethink the design again, as I’m preparing for my first multi-day trip with the van.

The Electrical System

I have long envisioned a basic electrical system, comprised of a few solar panels, lead-acid batteries and a modest inverter, supplemented with some propane for cooking and heating. Continue reading How A Simple Inverter Saved My Day!

When A Bathroom Makes Sense Or Not!

One of the premises of this van conversion is to build an affordable, yet comfortable RV/Camper. Including a full bathroom, would go a long way to achieve that.

Exploring the issues around showers and toilets soon reveal many of the limitations that come with a smaller sized Cargo Van. The Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster and MB Sprinter are featured with many different length and height options, that will determine how fancy you can go in the plumbing department. Continue reading When A Bathroom Makes Sense Or Not!

Project: Dual USB Socket

Making Sense Out Of Vehicle Sensors

Mod: 12V Power Outlet To Dual USB

My new Ford Transit cargo van comes with two 12V Power Outlets in the center console. These outdated power sources must be exchanged for USB outlets that allow you to charge your electronic gadgets.

Replacing one of the 12V outlets in the center console for a Dual USB outlet, should be a fairly simple modification that anyone can do.
For me, this project entails a bit more. As the first real mod of this Van Conversion, I’ll be trying out a few new techniques to record it all and make it available at a later time. A couple of months ago, I started testing LIVE chatting with some of my readers and last week I introduced a LIVE video feed (in combination with a chatroom). While this testing has been successful, I’m still busy assembling the right equipment to make it all happen. Continue reading Mod: 12V Power Outlet To Dual USB