Electrical Tools List | What You’ll Need For Your Installation
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This post lists all the tools and equipment needed to install an electrical and solar system in a camper van and RV. We list many of these tools in our wiring diagram ebooks, and this post is intended to be used alongside these free downloadable PDFs.
Purpose: Strips insulation jacket off thick electrical wires.
For electrical wires between 2/0 and 8 AWG, we use this blade to carefully remove the insulation jacket to expose the bare copper conductors. This is so we can crimp a lug terminal on the end of the wire.
This is an essential tool for attaching lugs to wire ends. Although a cheaper hammer crimper is available online, the hydraulic crimper is easier to use and makes great-quality crimps every single time. (We have used both before).
Purpose: This tough double-sided VHB tape reinforces the connection between our solar panel brackets and our van’s roof. We also use screws, but the tape increases the pull-out resistance of the screws and ensures the panels remain on the roof, even while driving on the windy highways.
Purpose: Creates a water-proof barrier to prevent leaks into the van. Different sealants have different viscosities. We like using the Dicor-branded sealant because it’s viscous and flows out almost like water, meaning it spreads easily and gets into all the gaps and cracks to get a good quality seal.
Purpose: Protects electrical wire from abrasions and friction stemming from driving vibration.
We did not install any wire loom in our van, but we wish we did. If any of our wires are punctured or sliced and no longer function, we would have difficulty removing our ceiling and wall boards to replace them.
Other Required Tools For An Electrical & Solar System
The electrical tools we list in this post are only general equipment you’ll need for your entire electrical and solar system. Please check our other material lists below if you want exact products and components for a specific part of your system build.