We provide a full range of services and parts for Motorhome and Camper van users including :
Autoelectrical fault tracing
Wiring of additional lights
Split Charge Auxilliary Battery for onboard power
Assistance with vehicle conversions
The Alternator functions as a generator to charge both the vehicle engine battery and auxlliiary leisure battery systems.
We supply of a wide range of motorhome alternators and alternator repair parts to suit your motohome requirement.
On holiday and broken down ? Callout service available for motorhome alternator fitting in Shrewsbury Shropshire and local.
Power inverters are fitted to motorhomes to step up voltage & convert input power from the 12 volt (12v) dc battery to 240v alternating current (ac) mains type output for supply of domestic accessory equipment which normally operates at house domestic mains voltage. Selection of a suitable inverter specification introduces many factors related to power supply capability of vehicle batteries, charging system, cabling, and intended periods of use.
Additional auxilliary leisure batteries may be used as an off-grid power supply for both
A basic split charge system will charge batteries whilst the vehicle engine is running using power generated by the vehicle alternator.
Auxilliary battery banks are linked to the engine driven alternator possibly direct to the back of the alternator or from a convenient point such as the engine starter battery terminals via either switchgear or a dc-dc battery charger.
Vehicle starter battery (1) is linked to the auxilliary battery bank (2) via an automatic solenoid switch or voltage sensitive relay (VSR).
When the engine is off (stationary), the VSR disconnects the second battery to prevent current draw from the auxilliary battery.
Firstly, this ensures the engine starter battery retains enough power to start the engine after periods when the motorhome domestic equipment such as lights have been used.
Secondly, because the wiring system between engine starter battery and secondary batteries often uses smaller cable than the heavy cable used between engine starter battery and starter motor, disconnection of the leisure battery protects auxilliary cabling from overload.
After the engine starts and the alternator starts to charge, a rise in starter battery voltage is detected, VSR switch contacts close allowing electrical charging current to flow from the vehicle alternator to the auxilliary battery.
A more advanced method of recharging leisure battery banks with a split charge system involves use of a DC battery to DC battery charger to regulate charging current. DC-DC chargers vary in specification, some with programmable features to enable recharge of specialist battery systems.
A diode acts like an electrical non return valve. Battery charging current is allowed to passenger
from the vehicle alternator to the auxilliary leisure battery only.
The blocking diode prevents current flow back from the auxilliary battery during engine start.
Additional battery charging can be provided by fitting a solar panel battery charge system.
Solar panel systems usually require an additional voltage regulator.
More information can be found on our solar panel web page
Starter battery and auxilliary battery are connected with heavy duty cabling via a battery isolator switch, which when turned on allows the auxilliary battery to link to the starter battery to provide extra power to the starter motor allowing cold starting assistance.
Modular electrical systems such as those by Electroblock and Sargent are fitted to many motorhomes incorporating several circuit functions in to one electronic unit including:
Battery guard equipment can be fitted to ensure vehicle batteries stay above a preset voltage level by providing automatic battery disconnection. Battery guards are particularly useful when vehicles are being put in to short term storage.
Supply of a range of starter motors to fit Diesel and Petrol engines in motorhomes and campervans based on
Mercedes Sprinter & Vito
Volkswagen Transporter, T2, T4, T5, T6, Crafter
Autotrail, Adria, Hymer, Swift leisure vehicles.
We have night heater diagnostic equipment for various makes of motorhome and campervan (nightheater) blown air heating systems including Eberspacher Airtronic and Webasto Airtop 2000 and may also be able to assist we sourcing components. We do not repair the cheap chinese diesel heaters.
A range of air conditioning equipment is available for motorhomes and leisure vehicles including factory fit using engine driven air conditioning systems or standalone roofmount air conditioner units.
FGAS qualified engineer providing a range of motorhome air conditioning services including air conditioning test, repairs and regas.
Many motorhomes are built on a converted van chassis.
Our Specialist computerised diagnostic equipment is capable of vehicle computer modules on many motorhome and camper van electronic systems
including engine management, airbag, and antilock braking systems *subject to specific software compatability.
More information can be found on our vehicle diagnostics web page
Reversing warning bleeper Installation
Despite vehicle size, many motorhomes and motor caravans fall under the class 4 MoT test group which is the same category as for passenger cars.
The MoT test centre must be able to accommodate the size and type of vehicle with regard to workshop space, equipment and qualification.
A full list of items to be checked can be found in the relevant DVSA MoT testers manual downloadable from the .Gov website.
Key points are condition and security of components affecting vehicle safety including
Drivers controls and vision
Body and chassis components
Wheels and tyres
A habitation check is a seperate inspection which is not currently part of the vehicle MoT test.
Habitation inspection checks include observation of condition of equipment linked to the living quarters of the vehicle including electrical and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) equipment.
Autoelectrical engineers get involved with fault tracing and repairs of certain 12v & 24v equipment.
Some people self-convert a standard panel van in to a camper van by adding features such as
Insulation materials - possibly earthwool fitted between interior and exterior body panels.
LED interior lighting with low power consumption
240v mains hook up point via 16 Amp supply, with Residual current device (RCD)
240v to 12v battery charger
Split charge system - battery to battery charger , voltage sensitive relay (VSR) , battery isolation switch.
12 volt power distribution board with fuses or circuit breakers.
12v to 240v Inverter
Wood burning stove (- one of our plumber customers has fitted a compact wood burning stove in his camper van )
Sink with 12 volt water pump
Gas bottle storage compartment
Fridge - 3 way fridge which may be run on gas, 12v electric, or mains. Requires ventilation.
Interior storage cupboards
Reversing camera kit
Seperate roof mount air conditioning unit
A good recommendation is to carefully plan any proposed van conversion. Electrical wiring is often carried out in stages during a vehicle build. First fix installation may require running cabling before panelling is fitted. While second fix involves connection of equipment. Third stage can involve inspection & certification as required.
Battery Isolator Switch
Electrical circuit breakers, fuses, and rcd
Smoke Alarm - we always recommend fitment of smoke and Carbon monoxide detector alarms in camper vans, motorhomes, and ambulances
First Aid Kit
Check operation of all entrance doors and exits.
Check adequate ventilation.
Shropshire & Mid Wales has a wide range of short stay camping facilities,
Diesel Fuel Injection Equipment
Diesel Glow Plugs and Preheat timer Relays