Electric Brakes from just $595... (Pricing Subject to Specific Requirements)
REDARC's range of electric trailer brake controllers provides an easy to operate method of controlling electric brakes on a trailer, camper-trailer, boat trailer or caravan. Your trailer behaves exactly as you expect it to whenever you apply the vehicle brakes. You can apply the trailer brakes independently of the towing vehicle's brakes, giving you absolute control over your trailer - no more uncontrollable sway!
The EBRH model Electric Trailer Brake Controller comes with the LED and controls to allow remote mounting up to 500mm away from the main unit. The controls are small enough to be mounted in the dash through a standard push-out switch panel. The main unit can be mounted out of sight, and the controls will have minimal visual impact on the vehicle. The braking gain adjustment knob and the manual override pushbutton are the same control, which allows the operator to adjust the braking level whilst operating the manual override function.
Dual batteries from just $880... (Pricing Subject to Specific Requirements)
Vehicle batteries are charged by the vehicle's alternator while the engine is running so when the engine is shut down the charging of the battery ceases. Running portable 12V appliances will draw power and reduce the power supply stored in the battery. This often results in flattening the starting battery which can then leave you stranded. Dual battery installation will help you overcome this.
Electronic accessories used in cars, caravans, trailers and 4x4s, such as winches or car fridges, can drain significant amps from the vehicle battery quicker than an alternator can replace them so dual battery installation can allow you to run the winches and car fridges off both batteries. You should consider what 12V electrical items you expect to run from the dual-battery system and then calculate how much power source (watt hours) you will require to run all the items and how long you want to run the items between recharges. It is recommended you then factor in about a 25-30% safety margin. This calculation will assist in deciding the amount of amp hour battery you need.
A dual-battery system consists of the two batteries with one termed as the 'primary battery' and the other the 'auxiliary battery', battery cradles, wiring for the discharging/charging system which integrates the vehicle's electrical system and a battery isolator. An optional visual read-out device can also be placed in the cab of the vehicle during the dual battery installation for you to check on the battery charging or battery power storage level.
If you wish to run 240V appliances such as a 240V TV or a laptop computer in your RV from a 12V system you will need to install an inverter. An inverter is an electrical device that converts 12V Direct Current (DC) from the batteries to 240V Alternating Current (AC). Inverters also draw their power from a 12V deep cycle battery or battery bank (several batteries wired in parallel).
As inverters produce 240V always exercise caution as it is as deadly as mains power. Power inverters come in a range of models and sizes that vary in watts. If you just require power for say two lights, a radio and a small laptop computer then a 500W inverter connected to a 12V power socket may suffice but if you wish to use a larger laptop computer, DVD or TV and mobile telephone charger or a bread maker than a larger inverter would be necessary. If you want the inverter connected into fixed wiring this work must be done by our licensed auto electricians. Some electrical appliances have a 'start up surge' or 'peak load' when turned on which is much higher than their continuous draw or ' continuous load' so the size/capacity of the inverter will need to cope with this. Another example is if you wish to sue tools such as an electric drill then the size/capacity of the inverter would need to cope with the drill under load. Adequate power stored in the RV battery bank would also be needed.
Redarc make an excellent product to accomplish a Battery Management System or BMS that accepts inputs from your 12 volt car or motor home, the 240v mains when you are at a caravan park or running on generator and also has a built in solar controller. The BCDC1220 is a fully automatic 3 stage battery charging solution that is selectable for Wet, Gel, AGM and Calcium Batteries.
The Redarc BMS also monitors your battery useage/charging and displays estimated battery status on its remote mounted LCD screen. We believe that the best feature of this product is that it automatically selects the best input for charging, this means that the unit is "set and forget". Nothing to switch on or off, no boiled batteries and best of all a charged battery when you need it.
Autospark also supplies a full range of trailer & caravan lighting, you can visit our lighting page here.
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