time for an electrical tidy up and a little upgrade at the same time

When I bought my VW Split screen camper with its Canterbury Pitt interior, I was aware that there were a few small things that needed finishing off or resolving, but this is probably true for most vintage VW’s, in that there is always something to do, that’s part of the attraction for some! Some of these bits that needed tidying up were a couple of the previous electrical items that had been fitted. One of the nice little touches/upgrades the previous owner had installed was a 12v heated front windscreens! These are a real bonus during the winter months in terms of keeping the windscreens clear from misting up.

Unfortunately, the pull switch that had been fitted to control it although functional, was less than desired in terms of being secured and properly located!

pull switch control for the heated front windscreens
pull switch control for the heated front windscreens

Another more common upgrade was the fitting of a 12v water pump for the windscreen washer jets anther than the traditional vacuum pump system. Unfortunately the rocker switch used to control it is a pretty ugly and cumbersome unit, and again had not been properly secured/fitted!

oversized rocker switch to control the windscreen washer jets 12v pump
oversized rocker switch to control the windscreen washer jets 12v pump

Tidying up these two switched connections will not only make things neater and safer under the dash, but also make the switches easier to operate when driving around. Whilst sorting out these two switches, I wanted to take the opportunity to add another switch to the equation, but this would be to control a new upgrade to the campers external lighting… a pair of stainless steel BMW ‘New Mini’ spot/driving lights!

a pair of Wipac stainless steel new mini spot lights
a pair of Wipac stainless steel new mini spot lights

However, before getting them fitted, I have a small aesthetic modification I want to do to the lights before getting them fitted, plus I need to decide on the various switches I want to use as replacements, and how they are going to be fitted.

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