Caravan & Motorhome Electrics covers every aspect of designing, installing and fault finding of the electrics in fifth wheel and conventional caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes.

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 just work.

Caravan & Motorhome Electrics

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.

The Caravan & Motorhome Book was first published in 2002. It was updated seven times and totally rewritten in 2012. The book covers every conceivable aspect of campervan and motorhome usage. It was initially conceived during the author's epic trans-Africa trip that included two Sahara crossings. It takes in experience gained during author (Collyn Rivers) plus twelve return trips across the centre of Australia from Broome to the east coast and back (24 journeys - each of 7000 km plus) in his converted OKA ex-mining truck. He and his wife (Maarit) did three more (return) in their 4.2 litre Nissan Patrol and Tvan.

The author's caravanning experience includes towing a 40 year old caravan from Helsinki (Finland) to the 700 km north of the Arctic Circle.

The Caravan & Motorhome Book is also aided by the author being an ex motor industry research engineer. He later switched careers to become a technical author and publisher.

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