Obviously the VW Californis
Beach comes with no hook up but it does have a leisure battery.
My thoughts on power were to have everything 12 volts. This
gives me the flexibility particularly in warmer weather of not
requiring a hook up (EHU) for an overnight stay.
Immediate power requirements
would be lights, TV/DVD player, cooler box whilst driving/EHU
and charging for our phones and Ipad.
With everything 12 volts it
will run off the Leisure battery while battery power is
Utilising the space under the drivers seat and
the ease of access from the rear I have installed sockets with
RCD and a CTEK MXS10 smart charger.
The output from the charger to the Leisure
battery easily pushes under the strip running behind the seats.
You can just about make out the wire as it goes under the seats.
Using the spare fly lead bolted onto the battery it makes it
easy to disconnect should you want to use the charger elsewhere.
The CTEK can be connected all the time when in the vehicle.
Bought this off eBay and modified so as to
give a short lead under the seat that can be tucked away. Main
lead can be stored in the van and got out if required.
The Sockets and RCD fit nicely on the
front spar of the drivers seat using 3 cable ties. 2 onto
the spar itself and a third just to pull it level on the
left here from the cable input flange down through a hole at
the bottom. Solid as a rock with
enough room at the bottom to push 13 amp plugs through from
the drivers well.
The short lead and any other 240 plug
leads can easily be fed through the front of the drivers
seat and plugged in from the back. With the seats turned
round the drivers footwell is unused space.
I am reluctant at the moment to take the
connection out of the floor of the vehicle at the moment but I
see under the drivers seat carpet cutout there is a grommet that
later will give me an option should I see a solution later. At
the moment I will hang it out the drivers window. I have fitted
wind deflectors on both
doors so rain will not be an issue hopefully.
When hooked up a small fan heater can be connected. Looking for
something about 500w so it can run off my Honda 650 generator