I am converting a box truck to a tiny home on wheels. So far, I’ve just been running an extension cord to my friends or moms house. I can’t do that for ever, and quite frankly-why would I want to!
Electrical is just so daunting, I’ve been putting it off.
I have gotten the majority of the supplies already, I just get so overwhelmed while looking at diagrams and researching which one of ‘X,Y,Z’ to buy…
My ride is a ‘96 Ford F-350, box truck
So far, I have:
- 2x AGM deep cycle batters. 100 Amp each, 12 Volt
- 2x 12 volt DC plugs
- 7 Kohree LED 12v RV lights
- 5 gang marine switch
- 2000watt sine wave inverter
- 2x 100w Renogy solar panels (Starter kit)
- Fan-Tastic fan
- Hamilton beach mini fridge
It came with:
- Coleman AC/Heater unit
- Honda EM1800 generator
There’s another battery near the genny but I haven’t looked into it at all.
The previous owner had wired in 1 electrical outlet to the genny under the rig and through the floor. He had placed it above the side door to plug in the Coleman roof unit and a microwave. Basically, his ‘lunch room’.
So, I have to wire everything together still. My batteries will be housed in a compartment underneath, beside the genny. Then I’ve had some helpers drill through the floor to a cupboard where I have attached the 5 gang switch. This is also where the inverter, charge controller and a main shut off will be located.
I have yet to purchase a battery isolator.
I still haven’t quite figured out which one to go with.
I still need to have it all connected together… that’s the stressful part. The lights and the fan have been tested so no stress there. While I was painting the roof I had taped a little 12v battery to the wires to test and enjoyed the light.
A friends boyfriend has been very helpful with wiring it all together for me. He’s quite handy but I don’t want to lean on him tooo much. I did reach out to 3 electricians but oddly they were all a tad too afraid to work on this project. My friend doesn’t mind, but he’s also more of a point and go kinda guy.
Who’s got pointers for me?
I need all the help I can get haha