11 Metre Trailer Accessory Installation

Today we completed an 11 Metre Trailer Accessory Installation.

This 11 Metre Trailer was brought in to have some accessories installed. The customer supplied us with the breakaway system and electric brakes they wanted to be fitted on the trailer so we just had to run the wiring through, supply the lights and trailer plugs and install everything. 

Here’s a break down of the job:

First up we ran the wires for the electric brakes, breakaway system and lights, then mounted the side lights and reverse light. We also made up a bracket for the additional indicator and mounted it to the trailer. Next up we connected the wiring for the lights, trailer plug, brake drums and brake away system. 

We are more than happy to fit any electrical accessories you have purchased online to your 4wd or car. Just give us a call on 07 5479 6652 or contact us online today. 

Iveco Daily Dual Battery System Installation

Iveco Daily Dual Battery System Installation

Time for another custom battery system, this time in an Iveco Daily. The customer supplied us with a few of the items to be installed, including the two massive 230Ah AGM batteries and 12V ceiling fan. 

Here’s what else we installed for this Iveco Daily Dual Battery System: 

  • Enerdrive DC2DC 40+ Battery Charger with Solar Regulator
  • Fuse Panel
  • 2x Enerdrive 150 Watt Solar Panels
  • Custom Built Wall Panel

So, first up, we made the wall panel. This was made from plywood and carpeted. Next, we mounted the Enerdrive DC-DC Charger, fuse block and midi fuses onto the panel. The technician then ran 8 B&S cable from under the bonnet to the panel and wired the connection to the starting battery using a midi fuse. 

We then installed the two AGM batteries in the rear of the vehicle, wired them up and connected them to the fuse panel. After that we mounted the 2 Enerdrive solar panels to the roof of the vehicle and wired them into the wall panel. Rooftop mounted panels are a great option for vehicles like this one. Just park up somewhere in the sun and you are ready to go! 

We also installed the 12 volt fan on the roof of the vehicle and connected it up to the fuse panel. Once the Charger, midi fuses and fuse panels were all wired in, the technician tested everything was operating as it should, cleaned up the vehicle and the customer was ready for their next adventure.  

If you are looking to get a Custom Battery System set up on your vehicle, truck, caravan, camper trailer or horse float, get in touch with our technicians today! We can put together a custom quote or just have a chat about the options available, call 07 5479 6652.

Isuzu MU-X Accessory Installation

Today we completed a Isuzu MU-X Accessory Installation.

This Isuzu MU-X was brought in to have some accessories installed. The customer supplied us with all the accessories they wanted to be fitted on the vehicle so we just had to run the wiring through and install everything. 

Here’s a break down of the job:

First up we installed a Gray Anderson plug on the rear tow bar. This allows the customer to charge the batteries in their caravan when towing. The batteries are separated by a midi fuse to protect the starting battery from being drained when the vehicle is not running. 

Next up we installed the UHF and aerial. We then installed the light bar on the front bull bar and fitted a switch in the driver side dash for easy access. These accessories were all supplied by the customer. 

We are more than happy to fit any 12-volt electrical accessories you have purchased online to your 4wd or car. Just give us a call on 07 5479 6652 or contact us online today. 

Ford Ranger PX2 Portable Battery Box Installation

Recently we completed a Ford Ranger PX2 Portable Battery Box installation. 

For this fit out we installed an Engel Battery Box that was supplied by the customer in the rear tub of the Ford Ranger PX2. 

We also installed: 

  • Redarc BCDC1225 Battery Charger
  • Anderson Plugs
  • Midi Fuse 

First up we installed a midi fuse under bonnet and ran the cable to the rear of the tub. Next, we made up the bracket for the Redarc BCDC charger and installed it in the rear tub. The Battery Box was installed next to the Redarc BCDC and connected via an Anderson plug. We also added another Anderson plug for solar input, and refitted the customer’s fridge lead with Anderson Plugs. 

We can customise a Dual Battery System to suit your vehicle and your needs. Whether it is under-bonnet, under-tray, portable or fixed, we have a solution to keep you powered up on the road and off the beaten track.

What Size Inverter Do I Need to Run 240V Appliances?

What Size Inverter Do I Need to Run 240V Appliances?

Don’t want to give up life’s little luxuries on your next caravan trip? If you are accustomed to the creature comforts of home and would to take them on the road with you when you travel, you should look at installing an inverter on your Caravan. But with so many options out there how do you know what size inverter you need to keep all your 240V appliances powered? 

We’re here to offer some suggestions. 

In this post, we are assuming you already have solar panels or battery system installed in your caravan or vehicle. If you haven’t, we suggest also checking out some of our other blog posts and videos here: 4WD & Caravan Electrics Posts

The size of the inverter you will need is dependent on a few factors:
  • The number of appliances you will be powering
  • The type of devices you will be powering
  • The size of your batteries

If you are wanting to run low-draw 240V devices like TVs, laptops and lights, a 300W – 600W size inverter should be enough.

However, if you are looking to run higher powered devices such as kettles, toasters, coffee machines or even Air Conditioning there are a few more things to consider. 

So what are you going to need if you are committed to being completely self-sufficient and avoiding mains power entirely? 

To power these high draw appliances, you will need to ensure you have a large inverter. You will also need a large bank of batteries that have enough capacity to power these devices. A decent set of solar panels is also recommended to keep the batteries charged.

As a minimum for running these high draw appliances, we would suggest a 250Ah 12V battery bank with a 2000W inverter. This would be enough to run most pod coffee machines and some microwaves for a short burst.

If you were wanting to power anything more than this (for example an AC system), you would need to look at a battery bank of at LEAST 300-600Ah and a 3000W inverter.

As you can probably understand the more you want to run on 240V power the bigger, and more expensive, the system gets.

Space and weight are often obstacles when it comes to installing these larger systems in caravans. However, new technologies are constantly being developed to combat this issue. Alternate battery options such as lithium becoming increasingly popular for this reason. There are more options than ever on the market for anyone wanting to be more self-sufficient when travelling. It is important to do plenty of research or consult a professional when considering what is the best solution for you. 

If you are looking at setting up your caravan to run 240V appliances, or if you just want to give yourself more options to free camp, give us a call on 1300 227 353, contact us online or comment below.

Mitsubishi Triton MQ Portable Battery Box Installation

Recently we completed a Mitsubishi Triton Portable Battery Box installation. 

For this fit out we installed our Big Red Portable Battery Box in the rear tub of the Mitsubishi Triton .

The Big Red Portable Battery Box comes standard with: 

  • 2x cigarette lighter sockets
  • 2x Anderson plugs out
  • Dual High Speed USB Socket
  • Digital voltmeter
  • Voltmeter switch on/off
  • External positive & negative terminals
  • Redarc BCDC1225D Charger

We also installed an Anderson Plug with an extension cable in behind the rear seat so the customer can charge from the vehicle’s starting battery. 

We can customise a Dual Battery System to suit your vehicle and your needs. Whether it is under-bonnet, under-tray, portable or fixed, we have a solution keep you powered up on the road and off the beaten track.

New Age Caravan Lithium Battery System

New Age Caravan Lithium Battery System

We recently worked on this New Age Caravan, installing a Lithium Battery System, here’s what we fitted:

  • Enerdrive ePower B-TEC 200AH Lithium Battery
  • BMPRO BatteryPlus35HA Battery Management System
The Install:

To start with, we removed the existing BMPRO BatteryPlus35PM Battery Management system from the Caravan. We then fitted the Enerdrive ePower B-TEC 200AH Lithium Battery and the new BMPRO BatteryPlus35HA Battery Management System. Next, the wiring was upgraded to suit the new lithium battery setup. 

Thanks to the awesome technology in the Enerdrive and BMPRO products this was a pretty straightforward system for our technicians to install. A great option if you are looking to upgrade the power system in your older caravan. 

If you are thinking of upgrading your caravan’s battery system to Lithium, or if you would like to know more about your options for caravan battery systems, comment below or give us a call on 07 5479 6652.  

1975 Ford Fairlane 500 ZG Series AC System Installation

Today we completed a custom 1975 Ford Fairlane 500 ZG Series AC System installation…

This 1975 Ford Fairlane 500 ZG Series came into us because the customer wanted their AC system restored. The Ford Fairlane did have an existing AC system so we sourced genuine parts to get the system back up and running.  Here’s a break down of the work we completed. 

First up we mounted the compressor using the original mounts. The technician had to custom make bolts to suit the mounts. We then fitted the new receiver drier and mounting brackets. 

Next up the technician made up all new hoses and fittings to suit each of the components and also installed the new TX Valve. Once all the new components were installed we flushed and pressure tested the system. 

We also completed some wiring and electrical repairs on the Ford Fairlane. We repaired the blower fan and replaced a faulty fan switch. There was also damaged wiring in the cigarette socket which was repaired. 

Once all the components of the AC System were installed we completed an AC Service which includes a re-gas with R134A gas and UV dye. After a few adjustments here and there, the AC system was up and running in the Ford Fairlane. 

Thinking of getting a custom or retrofit AC system in your vintage or classic vehicle? As the Sunshine Coast’s Largest Auto Electricians, we have the experience and knowledge to create a custom solution for your vehicle. Come in and see us at our Maroochydore workshop or contact us here!

1970 Holden Kingswood HT Series AC System Installation

Today we completed a custom 1970 Holden Kingswood HT Series AC System installation…

This 1970 Holden Kingswood HT Series came into us because the customer wanted an AC system installed. The Kingswood did not have an existing AC system so we had to create a whole new system to install.  Here’s a break down of what we installed. 

First up we mounted the Condenser and fan using brackets that we custom made and painted. We also created the shroud to house the fan and fitted it to the vehicle. 

Next up we created a custom built AC Compressor bracket and tensioner mounting bracket. We then installed the rest of the components including the compressor, hoses and fittings. The crank pulley was also modified to suit the new compressor. The unit containing the rest of the major components was supplied by the customer and fitted inside the vehicle under the passenger side dash. 

Once all the components of the AC System were installed we completed an AC Service which includes a re-gas with R134A gas and UV dye. After a few adjustments here and there, the AC system was up and running in the Kingswood. 

Thinking of getting a custom or retrofit AC system in your vintage or classic vehicle? As the Sunshine Coast’s Largest Auto Electricians, we have the experience and knowledge to create a custom solution for your vehicle. Come in and see us at our Maroochydore workshop or contact us here!

Toyota Hilux GUN126R Towing Set Up

Today we completed a Toyota Hilux GUN126R Towing Set Up 

For this Toyota Hilux GUN126R towing set up, we installed: 

  • Redarc TowPro Elite Electric Brake Controller
  • Redarc SBI12 Isolator
  • Grey Anderson Plug

The Redarc Towpro Elite is a very popular towing device, The Electric Brake controller works by monitoring how hard the vehicle is braking and applies a proportional amount of braking to the trailer to suit that application at the time. You can read more about the Tow-Pro Elite here!

The grey Anderson plug is used for the charging circuit that runs cables from the vehicle to the caravan. This connection used to charge the batteries in the caravan via the car’s starting battery while driving. The batteries are separated via the SBI12 which protects the vehicle’s starting battery from going flat when the vehicle is not running. To read more about Anderson Plugs, click here!

No matter what you tow, we can find a solution to suit your vehicle. Whether its a full towing setup with all the bells and whistles or just replacing a single plug on your towbar. Just drop us an email or phone call and ask for a quote!

 

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