Hi All. I was doing some work in our little Scamp
today and decided to take a good hard look at the mess of wiring in it and see where everything goes. Imagine my surprise upon realizing that our Scamp
1982, does not have a converter, nor is there a single wire running from the electrical
box to the battery
. Shore power comes into the camper and goes only to the electrical
outlets and light
. Nothing to the battery
. It also isn't wired to be charged from the vehicle while driving (we only have a 4 pin for towing). That being said, we've used the battery
plenty, including running the inverter from it, so I know the battery works. Unfortunately, after testing it, it is at 11.8, which I know is badly low. So my questions:
1. Should we rewire things so that the battery charges while towing? Is this the easiest fix? We would need to pay someone to do this because neither of us is inclined to do electrical
stuff. This would mean the battery and the electrical systems remain completely separate.
2. Should we add a converter and then add wiring to the battery so it charges off of shore power? Again, we'd pay someone to do this as it would be a complete camper rewire.
3. It is wired for solar
, with a round 4 pin plug on the outside of the camper, with wiring leading directly to the solar
controller and then to the battery from that. This seems like a straight forward fix, just get a solar panel
and plug it in, except I can't find any solar
panels that look like they would just plug in to the connector. Most seem to attach directly to the battery.
4. We have a battery charger that plugs into a wall outlet and connects to the battery (battery minder/tender/charger type thing). Can we just use this to charge up the battery before and after trips, keeping an eye on the battery while out to make sure we don't let it get so low again?
I'd love thoughts and input. Thanks!