MOBY introduces an article written by a writer who actually enjoys staying in the car and camping car from the web magazine DRIMO, which distributes information on camping, staying in the car, van life, outdoor & car trips, including camping car information. To do. *The contents of the following article are quotes and references from DRIMO
A camper where you can spend as comfortably as “home” once inside.
I like the space at night more than the daytime.
In such a case, the auxiliary lighting will produce a very nice feeling inside the car.
This time, I would like to introduce the auxiliary lighting that I installed in the camper.
All the lights are available at 100-yen shops, so feel free to give it a try.
Brighten up your meal with LED lanterns!
The camper comes with lighting equipment from the beginning, but I wanted to use it as a point, so I installed an LED lantern I bought at a 100 yen shop.
With 3 AA batteries, the incandescent LED gives a nice light.
We always have dinner together as a couple at a simple table with a table board on top of a drawer unit that we made ourselves.
It’s cheap, so I have 2 of them, but it’s still 200 yen (laughs).
I also brightened the trunk room!
The problem with the Serengeti was the lack of lighting in the luggage compartment. When he first bought it, he wondered why it didn’t come with it.
I was thinking of using a 12V wiring for lighting, but I happened to drop by at a 100-yen shop and found a touch light!
I thought, “This might work!” and stuck it on with double-sided tape.
I really liked it, purchased more, and installed 3 in all.
The middle one is attached near the door of the trunk through, so it can be lit from inside.
Installation was completed in just 3 minutes.
12V wiring is difficult for beginners
The voltage of the car battery is 12V, but the dinette part is equipped with a sub-battery that is separate from the battery that powers the car.
By using the sub-battery, it is possible to operate various electrical products that are necessary for a comfortable stay in the car.
Even when using auxiliary lighting, it is easier to use because the charging system can be in one place using that power.
But the problem is the wiring, and there’s a lot of work to be done, such as hooking it up to the body and hiding the excess wiring neatly.
If you have a certain amount of knowledge, it may be easy, but for beginners and those who are not good at electrical things, it can be difficult and dangerous.
It’s fine to start with momentum, but it may not work well, the finish is dirty, or it may not return to its original state.
In that respect, dry batteries are safe and anyone can use them easily.
Reduce running costs with rechargeable batteries!
Dry batteries are simple, safe, and very convenient to use. However, there are some issues that need to be cleared.
That is “garbage” and “cost”.
Batteries cannot be disposed of as general garbage, so it is often difficult to find a place to dispose of them. Also, we have to think about the cost.
No matter how LED it is, the battery will eventually run out.
It would be economically difficult to discard the battery and replace it with a new one each time.
That’s where rechargeable batteries come in.
At home, we use rechargeable batteries in our daily lives.
They are more expensive than ordinary alkaline batteries, but they are economical because they can be used over and over again.
Even on long trips, I can spend comfortably without the stress of running out of battery.
It’s true that the price is a bit high, so I don’t buy a lot at once, but when I buy something online, I buy it little by little.
Because it is a camper, charging is also reassuring!
The photo above shows the actual lighting, including the auxiliary lighting.
Very bright. The supplementary lighting has been changed to “bulb color” to match the original lighting color.
The camper will automatically charge the sub-battery while driving, so there is no problem even if you use a little more power, such as increasing the output of the refrigerator.
Rechargeable dry batteries that have been used for lighting are also charged while driving to prepare for the next night.
Even if it doesn’t reach full charge, it’s nickel-metal hydride, so it’s enough for one night.
I think that it can be done with a general car, but it is reassuring that you can charge it “gungan” in a camper.
By the way, I use a charger that can charge 16 batteries at once, so I have no worries.
Since it can be taken outside, the range of use is also expanded!
At home, the 100 yen LED lantern that I introduced at the beginning is used not only inside the camper but also outside.
It’s a dry battery, so it’s obvious, but it’s very useful because you can easily take it outside.
Recently, I’ve been addicted to putting it near the stove at BBQ times to illuminate the ingredients.
Thanks to the lighting, the meat and vegetables look shiny and really delicious.
By the way, my house graduated from charcoal when I got on the camper, and now I’m using a gas stove. Thanks to this, it is possible to easily adjust the heat power, and the time can be greatly shortened.
Also, when you have a BBQ at night, the surroundings are dark and you can’t tell if the meat is cooked or not.
Even in such a case, if you illuminate it like this, you can clearly see how the meat is cooked.
Combine useful items well!
The items introduced this time are battery-powered and easy to install. I think you can easily install it.
However, no matter how easy and convenient it is, you can’t cover everything with dry batteries.
Of course, advantages such as no need to charge and stable power consumption are not comparable to 12V sub-batteries.
I think that you can have a comfortable camper life by combining items skillfully while taking advantage of each other’s features.
In addition to enjoying the trip itself, the camper is one of the pleasures of making it your own by doing DIY and making it more comfortable.
Please enjoy the unique pleasures of a camper that you cannot enjoy with a regular car.
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