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Split Charging - VSR - Routing cables
#1
I'm about to embark on a Berlingo Camper conversion - 64 plate Enterprise Van.
Part of the plan is to put in a leisure battery with solar panel, but I also want to use the alternator to charge via a VSR to create a split charging system.

At the very least I want to run the cables from the engine bay to the rear as one of my first jobs so I have them in place for when I want to get the split charge system running.

What's the best way and route to run two suitable gauge cables from the starter battery to the back?
Is there a preferred or obvious route through the cabin area? Around the sides? Under the centre/middle?

The leisure battery will likely be located in the centre line of the van close to the seats.
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#2
split charge system may not work........it will have cambus electrics.......so you will need a dc to dc charger..[not cheap]...........route wire thru bonnet cable catch......
b9lad
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#3
How do you mean it will have Cambus electrics?

The VSR I'm looking at is a very simple unit that just triggers above and below and certain voltage. No mention of Cambus or anything remote intelligent.
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#4
With the modern car being all electronic....the electrics,is very sensitive to adding anything electrical items to the cars system....after market addons like..towbars.lights.etc...so thats why u need dc to dc charger...which is compatible with can - bus system of your van/car......in the older cars you could fit any electrical items....
                google/youtube.....:can-bus/dc to dc charger
                                            [p.s. the new clever alternators fitted nowadays won't always output 12 to 13 volts, which is needed to charge your second battery]
b9lad
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#5
A 64 plate won't have smart alternator. I took my split charge from the positive battery post, into the fuse, into the maypole voltage sensing relay and off down under the passenger seat to my leisure battery.
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#6
https://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/auxiliary...ators.html
                              read this.....asuming yours is a berlingo/peugeot tepee B9
b9lad
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#7
Exactly as BerlingoAndy.
Did this without any problems.
You can see all the details with photos in my thread on this forum.
Apologies for it being a long thread.

https://www.berlingoforum.com/thread-16358.html
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#8
i was in formed by an auto electrician all, EURO 5&6,are controlled via the ECU....including the alternator.....and need to be fitted with dc to dc charger [up to £400]......So looks like there's needs to be more debate on this subject..
            does it matter which system we use.....What your views on this..
b9lad
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#9
My Berlingo is a 61 plate, I put a smart split charger from my trailer place, cost me £30 (30ah one) charges my batterys fine max out put is 14.3amp, but it is only 30amp slow to charge batterys, took it off the terminals next to the battery.
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