STAGE 2 - NESSIE GETS SOME WIRES
Today we will be starting with step 1, the wiring. We have a fair amount of wiring going into this van. With twelve small spot lights, four large main lights and three under cupboard lights, that will be a mission on its own. But don't stress, it's not as daunting as you might think.
Before undertaking a task like this it is key to make sure that you know the amount of Amps required for each item that you are using. This then allows you to select the correct gauge wire for the job. The small spots have very little draw so will be using 0.5mm wire and the larger items will use a 0.75mm wire to cope with the extra draw.
A few simple things to remember are as follows...
Check the current draw to make sure the wire is fit for purpose.
Make sure you have all of the tools needed for the job. Good cutters, solder, soldering iron, heat shrink, good tape and protective trunking.
Protect the wire when it goes through a sharp bit of metal because unlike houses, vans vibrate.
Leave plenty of wire when cutting for any mistakes or changes in the placing of items.
Fasten the wiring in well. This stops any rattles coming through at a later date and prevents wire chafing.
After you are happy and the wiring is done, it is always a good plan to check that it works. This can be done with a continuity tester or just put one of the lights in and connect the circuit up. Make sure that the fuses that are used are correct for the drain from each circuit. We had a blast doing this job and Alex even learnt how to solder, result. There was a small amount of existing van loom that we had to relocate for the cladding to fit correctly. Check out the video to see how this went.
When you have finished the wiring the next step can be taken on, the windows. Now this may be daunting but next week we will be fitting them step by step for you to see how easy it really is.
WORDS AND PHOTOS - Ieuan Williams