Welcome to Manins' truck camper project

Cab Lights

The headlights, bonnet light and interior cabin lights are in scope.

 

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Headlights

The standard low beam and fog light in the headlight cluster are too high for ADR compliance and have been disabled by IVECO by removing wires and pins in the connector plug. However, the lamps and connectors inside the headlight cluster are in place.

Expedition Vehicles Australia provided a wiring loom and that re-enables these lamps as "spot lights" triggered by the high beam switch. Following their pictorial instructions, installation took a while but was straightforward. Instead of the supplied dash switch I used an Iveco Daily Accessory Switch. Neater and fits well. The only issue is that a plug for the switch is unobtainable. I found that ATX power supply motherboard connector pins are the right size so I patched in a set of these to the switch.

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Under Bonnet Lights

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Exterior-grade flexible LED strip. It can be cut at any mark.

I had some exterior-grade flexible LED strip left over from another job. It has a silicone coating and sticky backing. Its the kind that can be cut at any multiple of three LEDs.

With a bit of difficulty wires can be soldered to the strip pads, adding a strain-relief loop.

Two lengths of the LED strip were attached to ridges on the bonnet pressing that aim the light downwards when the bonnet is raised. Selleys 'All Clear' was applied every 100 mm or so to keep the strip well attached. A switch, a large metal toggle switch, is used to turn on the light. An alternative would have been to use a pin switch activated by the bonnet, but that was judged as less practicable.

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The TravelTrucks "EBL" cable on the firewall is the source of power for the LED bonnet lights and as with all other TravelTrucks wiring, the camper battery is the supply.


Front Work Lights

Two 6 inch x 6 LED flood lights are from an eBay seller and are very low price (50% lower now than I paid!) and work well. Like other LED lights, the claimed 18 W is a LED rating; the light is actually about 13 W, but is plenty bright in practice.

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These are to give illumination when hanging out washing or other tasks at the front of the vehicle. As such they are wired to the vehicle battery via a relay in the same manner as the headlight upgrade, but switched independently. To avoid a long wiring run, the cable to the switch is put through the plastic firewall near the brake master cylinder. The location is shown in the photograph, which also shows the black relay and fuse block to the right.

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The lights are mounted on the bumper bar above the headlights and under the outer loops of the bull bar and so are well protected. The switch is mounted in one of the auxiliary switch blanks to the right of the steering wheel with its red ON LED in clear view of the driver.


Cabin Lights

The OEM interior cabin lights are typically dingy. Trying to keep them on longer than Iveco permits is a nuisance. Two improvements:

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Courtesy Light

This has two lamps: a 42mm tubular light [1] and an aimable T10 reading light [2]. Both give dull yellow light.

From an eBay seller (there are many), replace the 15W tubular light with a 42mm 48 LED panel tube. A huge difference. Replace the W5W T10 light with an LED equivalent. Fantastic! Note that the tubular LED light I use has simple dropper resistors, not an IC regulator. No chance of EMR (radio noise) with this one. Not sure what the T10 LED light has inside, but its quiet for EMR.

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Independent Cabin Light

I have added a nice LED tube light that is tiltable and has its own switch.

An Iveco Daily Accessory Switch that I have mounted on the dash console is the usual way to switch the light on. The switch is supplied from the +12 V truck always-on power through a 3 A fuse and Pin 6 of the Body Builders 20-pin Connector (see TT_wiring for more information). The only issue is that a plug for the switch is unobtainable. I found that ATX power supply motherboard connector pins are the right size so I patched in a set of these to the switch.

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Light above seats in cabin. Switch is on the right.

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Cabin light on over seats.

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