With a bit more time now the camper is off the truck and the truckman top back on for the winter.
In a moment of madness, I thought I might like a bar. I'm not sure where to put it, or even if to put it in the camper. It's really for home use but it did get me thinking.
It holds a 2l. can of beer.
The only problem with it is its mains operated (240v). That runs the chiller that keeps the can inside at 2 deg C and a small compressor to pressurise the can. I haven't put my power meter on it yet to see what it uses but no doubt I'll get around to it. I'm not a great fan of ultracold beers but it certainly works well.
The main reason for posting was, after considering putting another box on the floor to put a water tank in. (This was after a discussion on the facebook link on the merits of having the weight as far forward as possible) I eventually decided against it.
At present there is just the one battery in the box.
The original thought was to put another in front to virtually bring it level with the end of the seats. After building a mock-up and trying it out I found I like the level floor space better. It seemed too restrictive and kept tripping up the step.
My intention is to fit another 110 amp/hr battery, or probably replace the old one which came out of my teardrop with a matched pair of new ones. I wasn't keen on fitting a water tank in with the batteries.
I have the two under-seat storage boxes that I have not used at all yet. The batteries will fit, one either side a treat.
There will be room for a battery and charger on one side with a battery and possibly a small inverter for a mains option for a tv. I will have to vent and possibly allow for cooling as the storage boxes were silicon sealed on the PVC inner lining. (I could use them as fish tanks if I had a glass top
Connecting the batteries in parallel will require some serious cable and as luck would have it Lidl were selling in their reduced tub a pair of good quality 3-meter jump leads for £6.99. I didn't think I could buy the cable for that
Also with cooling and ventilation in mind, I had a nosey in my computer box and found a couple of old 12-volt fans from past computers. They are only 1 watt, are silent running and do give a good blow
With an adjustable thermostat, they will be pressed into use, eventually.
Now I have settled on moving the battery positions that means I can look to putting a water container in the box
With the camper settled for the winter I have removed all bedding and the like as I was worried about internal condensation,(mainly from me breathing whilst working in there). I found a 2 foot long 15 watt greenhouse electric heater in the shed and will fix it to the floor box with a kick guard and use that for background heating while I have mains connection.
You can see part of the cupboard in one of the picture. I am cutting twin opening doors for that to minimize the door swing.
That's about it for now. I am waiting for some mig wire for when I cut down the maneuvering trolley for the camper. (DHL
Nothing next week as I'm off to Wells next the sea for a weeks holiday, dog walking and relaxing with my daughter.