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Waypoint Vehicles x EXPLORIST.life Camper Electrical Install

Waypoint Vehicles x EXPLORIST.life Camper Electrical Install

This blog post will show you how to install a high end campervan electrical system in a Mercedes Sprinter.

This Sprinter Camper electrical install was designed and installed by me, Nate from EXPLORIST.life, into a Mercedes Sprinter Camper Van built by Waypoint Vehicles, a newly launched professional camper van up fitter based in Los Angeles – focused on building premium adventure vehicles, using only the best of the best products available. This was truly a fun project and I’m excited to share it with you.



This blog post will show you the wiring diagram used, the parts necessary for install, as well as some additional details about the install process.

Waypoint wanted a top-of-the-line camper electrical system, with the ability for customers to expand their systems and evolve over time as needed. This system features a 100% Victron Energy based powerplant with Blue Sea Systems and Switch Pros integration for AC and DC loads which can be switched from multiple locations in the van via touchpad or a smartphone app.

This diagram features:

  • 3000W Inverter Charger
  • 600 Amp Hours of Battery Storage Capacity
  • 180W Solar Array Capacity (Expandable to 440W)
  • Alternator Charging (60A)
  • Shore Power Charging/Passthrough
  • System Management via Victron Connect app & Cerbo GX w/ Touchscreen
History of Changes to this Page (Click to Expand)

Updated diagram to feature Blue Sea 360 AC and DC panel instead of standalone units – Nov 1, 2021

Post Published October 23, 2021

Full Parts Kit For This Install

There are a TON of parts necessary to complete this project. Not only the Inverters and batteries, but lugs, heat shrink, copper washers, ferrules, signal wires, and a ton more. The itemized parts list for all (most) of these parts is listed below… but if you are planning on tackling this project yourself, you should check out the kit I helped Waypoint Vehicles assemble so you can get all of the components delivered to you in one go and save yourself 30 trips to the hardware store (only to find that the hardware store doesn’t have what you need). This is truly going to be the easiest way to source all of the parts for this project. Here is the link to that kit: https://waypoint-vehicles-store.myshopify.com/products/ultimate-power-package

DIY Camper Van Wiring Diagram

DIY Camper Solar Parts – Shopping List

The parts list below is a consolidated parts list for this entire system. This list is about 90% complete as I am having trouble sourcing a few items, but this should get you pointed in the right direction (but those parts are included in the Waypoint x EXPLORIST.life kit linked above).

IMPORTANT NOTE: For the ‘Quantities’ in the below shopping list, each singular component is listed a quantity per each, wire is listed a quantity of feet, and heat shrink is listed as qty 1 = 2.25″.

For Example:

Qty 1 – Inverter Charger means you need to purchase 1 Inverter Charger

Qty 3 – 4/0 Wire means you need 3 feet of 4/0 wire. This may mean you need to buy 5ft from the product page

Qty 5 heat shrink means you need 5 pieces of 2.25″ heat shrink. This means you’ll need 5 x 2.25″ pieces of heat shrink for a total of 11.25″ of heat shrink.

Column AColumn BColumn C

Parts List

ProductQtyLink
#12 x 3/4" Wood Screw5
#14 x 3/4" Pan Head Screw9
1" Black Heat Shrink10
1" Black Heat Shrink - 6" Long2
1" Red Heat Shrink6
1" Red Heat Shrink - 6" Long2
1"x.25"x14" Copper Bar2
1/2" Black Heat Shrink19
1/2" Red Heat Shrink20
10 AWG Black Solar Wire31
10 AWG Ferrule2
10 AWG Insulated Ferrule10
10 AWG Red Solar Wire28
10 AWG Triplex Wire6
18 - 22 AWG Butt Splice Connector2
18 AWG Black Wire5
18 AWG Dark Blue Wire3
18 AWG Grey Wire8
18 AWG Insulated Ferrule11
18 AWG Red Wire8
18-22 AWG x 5/16" Insulated Ring Terminal6
2x18 AWG Insulated Ferrule2
3/8" Black Heat Shrink1
3/8" Red Heat Shrink1
30A Shore Power Cord1
30A Shore Power Inlet1
4/0 Black Wire22
4/0 Red Wire10
4/0 x 3/8" Wire Lug7
4/0 x 5/16" Wire Lug9
400 Amp ANL Fuse1
40A MEGA Fuse4
5/16" Grounding Lock Washer1
5/16" Hex Bolt - 1"2
5/16" Lock Washer6
5/16" Nut2
5/16" Washer2
6 AWG Black Wire42
6 AWG Ferrule10
6 AWG Insulated Ferrule3
6 AWG Red Wire43
6 AWG Triplex Wire10
6 AWG x #10 Wire Lug12
6 AWG x 5/16" Wire Lug15
60A MEGA Fuse1
BEP ANL Fuse Holder 778-ANL2S1
BEP Joiner Bar LB-1 779-LB-1-B1
BEP Pro-Installer Battery Disconnect 771-S-EZ1
Cerbo GX1
DIN Rail Breaker Box1
Female MC4 Connector1
GX Touch 501
LiFePO4 Battery 12,8V/200Ah Smart3
Lynx Adapter1
Lynx Distributor1
M10x30mm Brass Bolt1
M8 circular connector Male/Female 3 pole cable 2m (bag of 2)1
M8 Copper Washer6
M8x25mm Stainless Bolt6
Male MC4 Connector4
MultiPlus 12/3000/120-50 120V VE.Bus1
Orion-Tr Isolated DC-DC Charger remote cable1
Orion-Tr Smart 12/12-30A (360W) Isolated DC-DC charger2
RJ45 UTP Cable 0,3 m1
RJ45 UTP Cable 0,9 m1
Roof Entry Gland1
Smart BatteryProtect 12/24V-100A1
SmartSolar MPPT 100/301
Solar Disconnect Breaker1
Solar Panel1
VE.BUS BMS1
VE.Direct Cable 1,8m2
Blue Sea 360 Panel - 120V AC1
Blue Sea 360 Panel - 12V DC1
Smart BatteryProtect 12/24V-65A1


Ken

Friday 26th of November 2021

Nate, impressive expertise, enjoy watching your educational/informational videos. This may be a uneducated question, but; can you explain why two Dual Victron Orion DC to DC Chargers? Thanks...

Nate Yarbrough

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Two of them charge twice as fast as one of them.

Scott

Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

Hi Nate, Could you clarify your decision for 2 dc/dc chargers? What are the benefits of having multiple DC/DC chargers in a system? is this just because Victron doesn't make one unit large enough? is this for redundancy? Will they both always be doing the same thing at the same time, or will one be charging while the other is off? And just to make sure, they are both connected to the starting battery at the front of the van together? The parts list states I need six of these chargers, I assume that is a typo, but I do need two, correct? Thanks Scott

Nate Yarbrough

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Two chargers charge faster than one. That's the reason.

John Vanspronssen

Sunday 21st of November 2021

Hi Nate,

I was wondering what software you use to draw your electrical diagrams. I am looking to draw out my van and I like the simplicity of the diagrams you have put together.

Nate Yarbrough

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

I use Microsoft Visio to make my diagrams.

vvrest

Monday 15th of November 2021

Hello,

First of all thanks for all your efforts for this community! Recommendation: It will be even better if you will keep the diagrams free of charge …

The parts list is not 100% correct:

- DC to DC there are not 6pcs used, it is only 2pcs used - 1 battery smart protect is missing from the list (guess 65A one - where the solar charge controller connects to Lynx)

Problem which I can see with this setup is when the 65A smart protect disconnects the charger from the battery bank/Lynx distributor it will damage the solar charging controller as it is still connected with the solar array 😉

Nate Yarbrough

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

You're welcome! Recommendation: Keep your thoughts about what I do and don't monetize to yourself.

Orion quantity fixed. Battery Protect added.

In the event the 65A smart battery protect disconnects, the charge controller should not be damaged. It will just cycle on and off until battery power is reconnected. Victron charge controllers can handle being connected to solar and not batteries under these conditions. This is even how I designed the system for the official victron tour trailer that Victron had me design and install.

JD

Sunday 7th of November 2021

Looking for one of your diagrams for a 50 amp service for a 5th wheel. Could you direct me?