Caravan and Motorhome Electrics: the complete guide

Caravan and Motorhome Electrics: the complete guide

by Collyn Rivers
Caravan and Motorhome Electrics: the complete guide

Caravan and Motorhome Electrics: the complete guide

by Collyn Rivers


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Caravan & Motorhome Electrics is the totally rewritten successor of the original globally selling Motorhome Electrics. The book's content now also covers every aspect of designing, installing and fault finding of the electrics in fifth wheel and conventional caravans and camper trailers.

The book explains how things work, and what they do (not what vendors claim they do). It shows how to dramatically improve charging performance, successfully install solar, and reduce energy draw of electric (especially) three-way fridges.

Essentially it provides solutions proven to work, not suggestions that may work.

The author shows how the ongoing move fully voltage controlled alternators necessitates dc-dc alternator charging. And that, post 2016, regulations are likely to limit or even preclude alternator charging with new vehicles. It covers the solutions in depth: i.e. solar, plus fuel cell's 24/7 power generation (light and compact yet silent and non-polluting (and now existing in LPG form), needing only a small battery for peak loads.

As with all Collyn's books, the content is thoroughly researched, technically accurate, yet in plain English, plus explanatory illustrations, many of the author's own vehicles.

The author's background includes automobile research, electronics and large scale magazine publishing (including founding the world's largest electronics magazine). He was technical editor of Australia's The Bulletin magazine in the 1980s - and has supplied Tech Notes to The Wanderer for a now 14 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648319009
Publisher: RV Books
Publication date: 03/09/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 204
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Originally trained as an RAF ground radar engineer, Collyn Rivers spent a brief time with de Havilland designing power systems for guided missiles, before becoming a test engineer at the Vauxhall/Bedford Motors Research Test Centre.
 He migrated to Australia in 1963, where he designed and built scientific measuring equipment. In 1971, Collyn Rivers founded what, by 1976, became the world's largest-circulation electronics publication, Electronics Today International.
 From 1982 to 1990 he was technology editor of The Bulletin and also Australian Business magazines and in 1999 started two companies: Caravan and Motorhome Books, and Successful Solar Books (now RVBooks and SolarBooks). "Anyone who has been an electronics enthusiast over the past 30 years or so will be well aware of Collyn Rivers. He was the founding editor of "Electronics Today International" (ETI) magazine which went on to have a number of very successful editions in the UK and elsewhere, as well as being very successful in Australia." Silicon Chip Magazine

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 - Terminology

CHAPTER 2 - Basic Electrics

CHAPTER 3 - Overview of an RV's electrical needs

CHAPTER 4 - Providing the power

CHAPTER 5 - Scaling the power required

CHAPTER 6 - Installing safety and legality

CHAPTER 7 - Installing 12/24 volt wiring

CHAPTER 8 - Mains-voltage wiring

CHAPTER 9 - Batteries (general)

CHAPTER 10 - Installing batteries

CHAPTER 11 - Battery charging (general)

CHAPTER 12 - Battery charging (alternators)

CHAPTER 13 - dc-dc alternator charging

CHAPTER 14 - Installing a dc-dc alternator charger

CHAPTER 15 - Variable voltage alternator charging

CHAPTER 16 - Inverters

CHAPTER 17 - Installing an inverter

CHAPTER 18 - Generators

CHAPTER 19 - Installing a generator

CHAPTER 20 - Wind power generators

CHAPTER 21 - Fuel cells

CHAPTER 22 - Solar energy

CHAPTER 23 - Installing solar modules

CHAPTER 24 - Solar regulators

CHAPTER 25 - Installing solar regulators

CHAPTER 26 - Energy monitoring

CHAPTER 27 - Installing energy monitors

CHAPTER 28 - Lighting

CHAPTER 29 - Water

CHAPTER 30 - Electric toilets

CHAPTER 31 - Refrigerators

CHAPTER 32 - Installing & optimising fridges

CHAPTER 33 - Television

CHAPTER 34 - Communications

CHAPTER 35 - Electrical & radio interference

CHAPTER 36 - Lightning protection

CHAPTER 37 - Caravan specific issues

CHAPTER 38 - Example systems

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