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Boondocking is the primary use of this stealth van, yet a 15 amp RV hookup cable will be installed to connect the electrical system to the grid, when hookups are available.
Commercial campgrounds have never been my favorite places to stay, as I prefer the immersion that only nature can provide. But sometimes, when your black water tank fills up, fresh water is needed or your batteries run low, a campground visit may be required. Some form of access to the electrical system of the RV is necessary.
In most RV’s that is accomplished with a 110V inlet, just like what I installed in my previous conversion.
One of the objectives of this van is its stealthy design. Any outward sign that identifies the van as an RV, should be avoided. I decided to replace the permanent inlet with a hidden 15 Amp power cord, located under the driver’s side door.
The power cord enters the vehicle through an existing hole at the bottom of the B-pillar and will be connected to the 12V RV setup at the Murphy bed location. The keep the exposed part of the cable out-of-view and securely attached to the underside of the frame, I use a female 15 Amp connector, permanently attached to the underside of the frame.
As the work on the van progresses, the other end of the cable will be connected to a switch that leads to the charger/inverter. The switch selects the incoming power source: Shore power or power from the CCP. The latter can supply up to 180 Amps @ 12V while driving; a separate 1000W inverter connected to the CCP could fully charge a sizable Lithium battery bank within a couple of hours of driving.