HIGH TECH VAN TOUR: Campervan Electrical & Solar Systems Explained



High Tech Van Tour
Mobile Off-Grid Electrical & Solar Systems Explained


When you’re building a campervan to live the Van Life, the solar and electrical system is one of the most technical and challenging aspects of any self converted van build project. We live and work full time in our vehicle as we are filming an adventure travel series about Overland Around The World. This is why we needed to build a safe power system that would supply us with clean and sustainable off-grid power in a variety of demanding situations.  In this post, we’re inviting you for a Technical Van Tour where we will be explaining Campervan Electrical and Solar System so you can see what components are involved in building a mobile power system.

We believe that anyone can learn to build a van electrical system, so we put together a free and detailed system overview to help you build a van electrical system that shares more information about all of the products needed as well as a complete materials list for building an off-grid electrical system.

This is Part 2 of 2 of our free video series about building an off-grid electrical system.  This video focuses on recharging technology, solar, smart chargers, and alternator chargers.  In Part 1 we talk in-depth about how we store the energy (the batteries) and how we access the energy (the AC Inverter and DC Loads). You can watch part 1 here.



Van Life Electrical System 
Interactive Wiring Diagram


Van Electrical System Wiring Diagram - Complete
Full Size Printable Wiring DiagramDC Fuse PanelThe King of ToiletsThis Maxxfan12V DC SocketsOff Grid Fridge Options12v Hub Quick Charge Power Station12v Water Pump12v Water & Gas SolenoidsVan Sink Options12V LED Stip Light (Warm White)Sirocco II Wall Mounted FanOnboard HeaterNinja Bullet BlenderUniversal Power Socket BoardUniversal Power Socket (wall mount)AC Junction BoxGround / EarthAC BreakerHD AC Power CablePSW Inverter12v Fuse BlockDC BreakerPositive BusbarNegative BusbarHigh Amp Kill SwitchBattery Terminal Fuse BlockBattery Monitor ShuntBattery Monitor Shunt GaugeGround / EarthBattle Born Battery LiFePO4DC BreakerVictron 100 | 30 Solar Charge ControllerDC BreakerRoof Entry GlandMC4 Solar Branch ConnectorsSolar CableHigh Quality Monocrystalline Solar PanelDC BreakerDC BreakerDC BreakerSterling Power Battery to Battery ChargerOnboard Air Compressor (optional)High Output AlternatorVehicle Starting BatteryGlobal Smart ChargerGround / EarthAC BreakerAC Breaker HousingAC HookupAC Hookup Cable

Full Size Printable Wiring Diagram

The King of Toilets

The King Available Here on Amazon

We compared your pooping options for vehicle dwelling here

This Maxxfan

Available on Amazon Here

Get this model, rather than the automatic one

Off Grid Fridge Options

12v Hub Quick Charge Power Station

Charges your devices more efficiently than via the inverter
Wall mountable
Available on Amazon Here

12v Water & Gas Solenoids

Check out our Free Guides to Van Life Water Systems & Propane Systems

12V LED Stip Light (Warm White)

Sirocco II Wall Mounted Fan

Onboard Heater

Check out Vehicle Heater Options HereOr go with the the one we have the Webasto Air Top (it's Good)

Ninja Bullet Blender

Universal Power Socket Board

Universal Power Socket (wall mount)

Ground / Earth

HD AC Power Cable

High Amp Kill Switch

Battery Terminal Fuse Block

Battery Monitor Shunt

Battery Monitor Shunt Gauge

Ground / Earth

Battle Born Battery LiFePO4

Available on Amazon Here but currently on SALE directly via Battle Born Batteries
(including free shipping in the US)

Victron 100 | 30 Solar Charge Controller

Roof Entry Gland

MC4 Solar Branch Connectors

High Quality Monocrystalline Solar Panel

100W Each

41.6x20.7x1.38 in

Weight: 14.3 lbs

Available on Amazon Here

Sterling Power Battery to Battery Charger

Onboard Air Compressor (optional)

High Output Alternator

Vehicle Starting Battery

Available inside your vehicle 😉....and also here on Amazon

Global Smart Charger

Ground / Earth

AC Breaker Housing


If you are Building a Van Off-Grid Electrical System, check out our Complete Guide to Vehicle Off-Grid Electrical Systems to bring your knowledge up for your project.

The Package also includes a Step-by-step Tutorial and Complete System Wiring Diagram and System Sizing Calculator



Everything you need to design and build a custom Off-Grid Electrical system for Van Life


Van Life Off Grid Build Guide Book

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