Skevofish wrote:Hi Marty.
It seems that you may be just the chap I need. This coming march I'm getting a new custom limited L2H1. I had planned to buy a second hand van and convert that but as my old vw lt work van bit the dust before Christmas i decided to bite the bullet and go for the transit. My new plan is to convert this into something I can use as a camper when needed (insulate, carpet lining, floor and electrics with side Windows cut in it)but ply it out inside of that so I can use it for everyday work duties. Daunting where do I start? The insulating and ply lining isn't a problem but the electrics, where do I really start? I want to have a leisure battery to run lights tv fridge phones etc. But I haven't a clue on what gear I need to get this sorted. You tube will help but I could do with somebody who's done it all to help me out. I appreciate any help advice I can get. Cheers mate
(it's MaFty by the way!)
Not sure on Customs, but on mk6 and mk7 there is space under the driver's seat for a leisure battery. Make sure you measure your original battery and get one that is no bigger, or it may not fit. We generally use 110Ah batteries on our conversions, coupled to split charge relays/solar panels/240v hook up chargers.
The best advice I can give re: wiring is PLAN AHEAD! Try to work out everything you need (and may need in the future) and wher you will need it. Even if you don't fully install the electrical system now, it is a wise move to run any cables to where you think you may need appliances/12v sockets/lights later on. This will save a LOT of undoing of previous work, ie carpeting and insulation. When we do this type of pre installation, we generally just bundle all the cables together, then tape them to a single 'tail' cable, and run that tail through a small hole, to allow us to pull the cables through when we actually need to access them.
I hope this makes sense, but feel free to ask any further questions.