Lenny's Modding the new Gin Palace

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  1. Lenny HB

    Lenny HB Funster Life Member

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    Been at it a couple of weeks now on & off so I thought I would bore you all.

    First jobs, fitted the AVS30 Voltage protection unit, hardly ever use EHU, fitted this to the last van when we were doing a long ferry crossing as ships generators are not know for their stable outputs.

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    Filtapac Water filter fitted in line with kitchen tap, blimey those draws are deep a simple job that took ages due to access.

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    Nice tidy job looks good
     
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    Lenny HB Funster Life Member

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    Solar panels & Snipe 2 fitted to the roof also Reversing Cameras fitted. For quite a long van not a lot of room on the roof but can get another 2 panels on later if needed.

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    You have been busy another good job
     
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    Had a bit of fun getting the camera cables through the van, had to chop the ends off and reconnect, that was fun soldering up 8 small screened leads in the drivers footwell. To cap it all afterwards found the Hymer installed cables, they were for Waco Cameras so probably still easier to put my own in rather than convert theirs certainly wouldn't want to pay the price of Waco cameras.:D
    Also got the cables through for the telly to the head unit.

    Rather a lot of cables to sort out.

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    Solar Regulator and Solar Split Charge relay installed, cables for the regulator left loose on purpose so I can fiddle the unit out if needed as it is almost impossible to get at once the batteries are re-installed.

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    You're amazing! (y)(y) As a matter of interest, what was your day job?
     
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    Electronics by trade but last 10 years selling motoring bits on eBay & a bit of contract work installing Video equipment in call centres, 30 years ago I did have my own business designing & manufacturing mixers & amps for the music industry. Also spent 10 years as technical manager for a caravan & motorhome accessory manufacturer.

    I absolutly hate paying people to jobs I can do myself, that is why the house is a wreck as I never get around to doing the jobs that need doing, did manage to re-roof with fibreglass my double garage roof and re-tile the hips last summer.
     
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    Aaah, that explains your skill level. Wish I was even 1% as technical as you, although I can wire a plug. :D
     
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    Unfourtantly a redundant skill, no longer allowed to sell an appliance without a plug fitted.:D2

    I don't think it takes skill to do mods on a Motorhome just a bit of planning and take is slowly. The planning & sleepless nights is 75% of the work.:D
     
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    Yep, @Lenny HB , has got talent.

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    @Lenny HB
    What are the advantages of wiring up the tv to your head unit, am assuming it's allows you to use the speakers when using the tv but it means the head unit being constantly powered and being off hook does this cause any problems
    Was thinking of doing the same, however did consider BT speakers instead but not as good as your soloution, did you connect using RCA/component?
    Thks
     
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    Sound quality is the advantage, used high quality phono leads for most of the run, last 3m are standard phono leads as the bundle was getting a bit big on the TV bracket as there is a 3rd phono lead so I can play DVD's direct from telly or head unit, an HDMI lead to sat receiver as I don't rate the TV's built in one also power lead and terrestrial TV aerial lead. Connected to headphone output with a 3.5mm jack to phono converter on the back of the TV, then when the boss goes to bed I can just swap over to headphones without having to fiddle about, she complains bitterly about the sound from the rear speakers they are behind the headboard.
    My head unit is a double DIN Clarion with sat nav so a bit power hungry draws nearly 2 amps, I'm in the middle of wiring it in at the moment. Power is wired direct to the Elektroblock so it is running off the leisure batteries of which I have just added a third & have 200 watts of solar with an MPPT regulator will probably put another panel on the roof.
     
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    Interestingly the standard Hymer multi media setup on our Exsis I plays the tv though the cab speakers but doesn't need the head unit to be powered on. Im not sure if it simply uses a relay to switch the speakers between the TV headphone output and the stereo or if there is an additional power amp with inputs from the TV and cab stereo - the sound quality and volume certainly suggest the latter. It certainly makes a big difference from just using the TV speakers on their own.
     
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    All good stuff this, nice shiny roof!
     
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    Lenny, whats the black aerial for thats on the left hand side of the roof (3rd pic down drom top) ?
     
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    Hi Lenny
    Have you received your V5 yet?
     
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    The aerial & a box under it combines TV and radio & DAB works a treat, breaks up on HD TV but not surprising where the van is parked no direct line of site to the transmitter, also in the box under the roof GPS aerial for satnav all standard fit, separate amplifiers for TV & radio. Not tried the DAB yet as need to get an adaptor, different aerial socket on my unit.
     
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    If you have the multimedia option it includes an amplifier. The Tramp Gold edition we had, had a sub woofer under the bed - no need to visit the massage parlor just turn the sound up.:D
     
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