The van is internally a 12V system fed by solar panels, with some 110V outlets powered by an inverter. Only the battery charger needs access to an exterior power source. For this, a 15A power inlet is installed next to the rear door, on the passenger side of the van.
The area directly below the brake light is ideal, weren’t it for the fact that inside, that space is occupied by one of the rear speakers. The best location will be left of the bottom of the brake light.
The instructions for the inlet indicated a 1-7/8” opening which required me to buy a new bi-metal holesaw. With all the tools at hand, I could start by marking the exact location of the hole.
With a starting point established, the holesaw went through the metal like butter.
A few minutes with a file, followed by my trusted sandpaper create a perfect finish.
Now the exterior fitting.
Since everything is a perfect fit, it’s time to put everything together.
While the paint dries, I pull out the battery charger wire and prepare the components of the socket.
The wire is guided through the hole to the outside. I almost forgot a piece of heat shrink, but that is added before attaching the socket to the wire. The power inlet has a blank, black and green wire opening, as well as a silver, black and green connection screw, which makes it a foolproof installation.
The heat shrink is slid in place and heated for a perfect fit.