Victron Smart Devices

The installation of a Victron Smart Solar Controller and a Victron Orion Smart DC-DC Converter as part of my vanconversion. The “Smart” part of this, is the ability to access the settings and output values of these devices through Bluetooth. While the DC-DC Converter is a new addition to the electrical system of the van, the Victron …
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Faucet, Clothesline & Laminate

This week three small van projects. I install a kitchen touch faucet, a clothesline and begin working on a dozen or so cabinet doors and drawer faces. Kitchen Faucet The kitchen faucet is operated by touch (once calibrated); this should be a great water-saving feature and a better replacement for a foot operated on-off switch. This time I …
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Onboard Compressor – Part 3

In this final episode of the Onboard Compressor installation, I resolve some issues with the Engine Run signal from the Ford Transit. Previously I guided the compressor harness through the engine bay firewall to the area behind the glove box and from there, the wiring is guided behind the center console and under the floor, between …
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Onboard Compressor – Part 2

In this second part of the Onboard Compressor installation, I show you how I extend some of the wires in the wiring harness of the compressor. The lengthening of the wiring harness is necessary to comply with Ford’s requirements to directly connect the harness to the vehicle battery (through the CCP – Customer Connection Point), which …
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RV Kitchen Cleanup

In this final stretch, I finish and install the countertop, add some Formica around the fridge and a panel surrounding the side kitchen window. Countertop The countertop is finished with four coats of Shellac and three thin coats of Poly-Urethane on top. Before I install it, one or two coats of regular furniture wax, will make it …
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Traction Boards Hardware, Wiring and Countertop

I am working around the kitchen area of the van, to finish the countertop, pull a remaining wire behind the fridge to the battery compartment below it, add some Formica strips to finish the fridge cabinet and to install the traction board hardware. Previously I had temporarily installed the half-finished cover of the induction cooktop, which …
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Desk Seat Cushion

This week I’m finishing up my desk seat, by adding a cushion. The seat can be used as part of a lounge chair, in combination with the rear-facing passenger seat, but it’s primary use is at the fold-down desk, that will be attached to the Murphy bed. I chose a 4-inch, high-density foam core as a …
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