Welcome to Manins' truck camper project

Lights

Generally, lighting is managed from the camper touch screen. There are exceptions: the camper overhead reading lights and personal bed lights are individually switched, and the washroom light will only work if the water pump is turned on.

Interior Lights

When parked up, it was inconvenient to have to manage the kitchen and washroom lights from the touch screen. So individual switches have been added. These are small round white rocker switches, obtained through eBay from ganvillage_blue.

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Kitchen bench light; individual switch in series with touch panel.

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Washroom light; individual switch in series with touch panel.


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Hatch Light

The storage area under the passenger-side seat in the Camper is in high usage. A light above the hatch is easy: a LED strip wired to the same 12 V source as for the awning light (below) and a door switch (a momentary OFF push button switch) embedded in the hatch frame so that when the hatch is opened the light turns on.
BTW: I had to put a seal strip around the frame and adjust the hatch latch to stop an annoying rattle.


Perimeter Lights

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The perimeter lights are activated by the Class 1 CAN-Bus switches at the side door and on the dashboard. Those at the rear also double as additional reversing lights though this function can be disabled by a CAN-Bus switch on the dashboard in case the light is blinding to those behind.

Using the existing wiring for the perimeter lights (see TT wiring), it was a simple matter to fit LED flood lights that were each less than 24 W capacity (a limitation TravelTrucks mentioned to me). I chose the 18 W rectangular work lights sold by Good Kit because they were the right size and had a quality mounting bracket. They are actually about 13 W when operating. However, these have proved to be very unreliable with a 50% failure rate and no replacements available from Good Kit.

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Each of the installed cables had been terminated in a waterproof Deutsch 2-Way female connector. Luckily these connectors are available from, for example, Jaycar (Item PP2150) and I was able to fit a male connector to each flood light.

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18W flood light above rear mudguard on passenger side.

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18W flood light above auxiliary fuel tank on driver's side.

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18W flood lights each side of the Back-2-Front winch at the rear. These are optionally reversing lights as well.

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Light bar behind step on passenger side.

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Light bar over aux. fuel tank, driver's side.

Update May17: ALL the Good Kit worklights have now failed. The last two only lasted a little over 12 months. Avoid this supplier!


Step Lights

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The step lights are activated if the cab doors are opened.

Using the existing wiring for the step lights (see TT wiring), it was not difficult to fit LED step lights. I chose the courtesy lights sold by Whitworths. I made up brackets out of aluminium sheet to mount the lights above the steps.


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Courtesy Step Light for passenger side of vehicle. Same for the driver's side.

Each of the installed cables had been terminated in a waterproof Deutsch 2-Way female connector. Luckily these connectors are available from, for example, Jaycar (Item PP2150) and I was able to fit a male connector to each step light.


Awning Light

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An awning light that has a PIR infrared motion sensor helps negotiating the steps and door lock at night. The Narva Awning Lamp #87792 is such, and I bought one from autoelec on eBay.


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I set a small SPDT Centre Off Rocker Switch from Jaycar into the overhead cover of the doorway.

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Switch for awning light.

The switch sets the awning light off, always on, or on when motion is detected.

With considerable difficulty I fished two twin cables from the light into the camper behind the wash room light and across to the switch. A second twin cable goes from the switch to a power takeoff installed on the main cable channel behind the touch screen.

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Power takeoff. +12 V supply is from Fuse 19 rated at 10 A.

Power for this comes from fuse 19 on the fuse panel next to the back of the touch screen; the fuse is 10 A. Earth connection is from the earth rail just to the left of the power takeoff. The takeoff also supplies power for the hatch light, the battery charge manager, including the control of the BEP DVSR to manage the alternator charging.


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