Step by step guide to installing 240v campervan electric hook up
I didn’t want to just rely on the campervan’s leisure battery for power, so I have decided to fit 240v mains hook up to the vehicle. With all the interior removed for painting, I decided that now would be an ideal time to install the hook up. I bought a campervan electric hook up socket and RCD unit as a pair off of eBay for £22.00.
Let me show you how I fitted them…
Firstly, after checking where the outer socket needed to be in relation to the inside and outside of the vehicle, I drilled a small guide hole through the bodywork from the inside.
Next, I stuck some very wide masking tape onto the body of the vehicle, this served two purposes…
1. It gave me a surface to draw on.
2. It helped to protect the paintwork from getting scratched by the jigsaw.
I then drew a horizontal line, central to the two bodywork mouldings.
Using a template of the exact hole size I need to cut out for the hook up housing socket, I lined up the centre of the template with the line on the bodywork…
… and then drew around the template, which gave me the correct size hole in the correct place.
Next, I drilled a hole in each corner. You may notice in this picture that I’ve moved the socket hole up by 5mm. I did this after realising that the hookup socket had a 5mm off-set top to bottom.
Next, using a jigsaw (fitted with a metal cutting blade), I roughly cut out the hole…
… then finished it off with a file
… and there we have it, the perfect size hole for the hook up socket.
I then temporarily installed the socket, so I could drill the holes for the self-tapping screws that hold it in place. I drilled the holes slightly smaller than the screws, so they would bite into the body, as well as into the socket backing plate which goes on the inside.
After removing the socket, cleaning around the hole with white spirit and masking off the area around the hole, I applied a generous amount of sealer.
The socket was then screwed into place and the excess sealer cleaned off (this is when the masking tape comes in handy) and that’s about it. Looks like it’s always been there!
Looking at the back of the socket from the inside.
Next, wiring up the socket to the RCD unit:
The orange 16 amp cable is from the hookup socket that was just fitted.
The blue neutral wires shown below, are from the 240v lights.
I have two double plug sockets fitted to the seating unit, these are connected via the blue 16 amp wire, through a junction box to the 10amp side of the RCD unit, like so.
The RCD unit is then screwed to a board, which is then screwed to the seating unit. That way, if I need to remove the seating unit, I just have to disconnect the 16 amp blue wire that goes to the junction box (that feeds both double plug sockets) and unscrew the board from the seating unit.
There you have it, a quick guide to installing a campervan electric hook up socket and RCD unit.
Cost so far £577.00
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