Lenny's Modding the new Gin Palace

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
18,549
17,895
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
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.

P1100501.JPG

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

P1100503.JPG
 
Last edited:
OP
Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
18,549
17,895
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
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.

P1100520.JPG

P1100521.JPG
 
OP
Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
18,549
17,895
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
You're amazing! (y)(y) As a matter of interest, what was your day job?
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.
 
Last edited:
Jan 10, 2013
4,786
4,152
Near Uttoxeter and Crete
Funster No
24,227
MH
Frankia i740 Plus
Exp
Still trucking and learning
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.
Aaah, that explains your skill level. Wish I was even 1% as technical as you, although I can wire a plug. :D
 
OP
Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
18,549
17,895
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
Aaah, that explains your skill level. Wish I was even 1% as technical as you, although I can wire a plug. :D
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
 

Gorse Hill

Free Member
Feb 2, 2013
2,368
1,952
Stretford
Funster No
24,533
MH
Burnster Ixeo IT 734
Exp
2000
@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
 
OP
Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
18,549
17,895
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
@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
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.
 

Jenben

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 19, 2015
1,349
20,463
Uk
Funster No
39,638
MH
Hymer Exsis I
Exp
Since 2007
@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
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.
 

Robert Clark

LIFE MEMBER
Jul 12, 2014
10,439
37,218
East Sussex
Funster No
32,375
MH
N&B Arto 78F
Exp
Since June 2014 - learning something new all the time
Hi Lenny
Have you received your V5 yet?
 
OP
Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
18,549
17,895
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
Lenny, whats the black aerial for thats on the left hand side of the roof (3rd pic down drom top) ?
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.
 
OP
Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
18,549
17,895
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
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.
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
 
OP
Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
18,549
17,895
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
All good stuff this, nice shiny roof!
Lethal when it's wet a really smooth polished surface.

Hi Lenny
Have you received your V5 yet?
Not yet, got the VAT confirmation last Tuesday couldn't post DVLA application until Wednesday, play stopped as I'd forgotten it was the boss's birthday on Tuesday, after some hints I got the message just after lunch, better than last year, it was 6pm when I remembered.:)
 

Gorse Hill

Free Member
Feb 2, 2013
2,368
1,952
Stretford
Funster No
24,533
MH
Burnster Ixeo IT 734
Exp
2000
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.
Should have bought a Hymer :doh:, my van didn't even come with a radio never mind additional amps
 
Aug 6, 2013
7,503
6,119
Kendal, Cumbria
Funster No
27,352
MH
A Class
Exp
since 1999
Nice work :). Are the adjustment screws on the camera stainless? Or have you changed them? Every one of those cameras I see seems to have rusty screws & accompanying stains.
 
OP
Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
18,549
17,895
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
Nice work :). Are the adjustment screws on the camera stainless? Or have you changed them? Every one of those cameras I see seems to have rusty screws & accompanying stains.
Not just the screws the whole bracket is stainless, same one I fitted to the last van from Reversing cameras UK.
 
OP
Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
18,549
17,895
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
Fitted the 3rd battery and the inverter.

P1100525.JPG

P1100528.JPG


As the inverter is a bit inaccessible I've made it remote switching, fitted a 100 amp relay and made a 10second delay timer wired to the soft start on the inverter, so it turns fully on 10 sec after power is switched on. Just got to sort out the mains wiring & switching.

P1100526S.JPGP1100524S.JPG
 
May 29, 2013
1,323
2,899
Tyneside
Funster No
26,231
MH
Chausson best of Flash 10
Exp
Several years now
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.
Could you give more details about the GPS aerial please ?
 
OP
Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
18,549
17,895
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
Could you give more details about the GPS aerial please ?
Not a lot, to tell standard Hymer fit on the DL, it is a plastic box on the underside of the roof where all the other aerials are and terminates in a standard GT5 type GPS connector with the radio wiring, I plugged it into my Clarion stereo and the satnav worked.

Capture.PNG IMG_20170408_083136.jpg
 
Feb 5, 2009
533
388
South Essex
Funster No
5,558
MH
A Class
Exp
15 in MH, 20 in Caravan
Fitted the 3rd battery and the inverter.

As the inverter is a bit inaccessible I've made it remote switching, fitted a 100 amp relay and made a 10second delay timer wired to the soft start on the inverter, so it turns fully on 10 sec after power is switched on. Just got to sort out the mains wiring & switching.
Hi Lenny
I assume this switches the inverter on & off?
If so, I'd be really interested in what you've done, so would you mind sharing a bit more info please.
I inherited my inverter, installed in a locker, and has an on/off switch in the casing, which makes it a bit of a pain to use and would love to have a switch on a convenient wall somewhere inside the van instead of having to root about the locker to switch it on.
Many thanks
Steve
 
OP
Lenny HB

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
18,549
17,895
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 Dynamic Line
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
Hi Lenny
I assume this switches the inverter on & off?
If so, I'd be really interested in what you've done, so would you mind sharing a bit more info please.
I inherited my inverter, installed in a locker, and has an on/off switch in the casing, which makes it a bit of a pain to use and would love to have a switch on a convenient wall somewhere inside the van instead of having to root about the locker to switch it on.
Many thanks
Steve
There you are Steve, I've done a drawing especially for you.
I did find with my inverter fires up OK with it left switched on, I didn't really need the timer but better to play safe.

upload_2017-4-10_10-43-39.png
 
Last edited:
SMC Motorhomes Newark
RoadPro
Johns Cross
Safeguard Motorhome Insurance
Rhino Installs
Friendly professional service from qualified technicians
Free Club Stickers
Dave Newell Leisure Vehicle Services
Top