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Old 01-02-2016, 05:35 PM   #1
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Control Center Ideas

My spousal unit and I are early in the process - about 2/3rds gutted - so this may be a shade premature, but I've been pondering a custom control center. Our '68 Safari has a way-cool "Control Center" with assorted lights and gauges. I'm sure just about every forum member has seen them. The more I look at ours the less confidence I have that we can ever get it cleaned up and working. We'll try, of course, but I'm searching for "Plan B" ideas. I like the idea of having all the info on fluid levels and power reserves, on/off switches, etc. in one place

Do you have a control center, refurbished or custom built, of which you are particularly proud? If so, post a pic or two, please. I think it would be fun and, hopefully, inspiring, to see what pros and talented enthusiasts have come up with.


Jay and Lisa
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Old 01-02-2016, 05:52 PM   #2
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Jay and Lisa,
Love 68's!! On a Trade Wind the CC is the first thing you see when you go thru the door. We loved retro look and decided to just leave it alone. All the 12V breakers are behind there and worked so I left well enough alone since I was not rewiring the whole trailer. My trailer has aluminum wiring and everything was working so all I did clean up some of the wiring behind the CC. I found a new clock mechanism at Wally World and got the analog clock working. I do use the 120V outlet as a charging station for iPhones and the 12V cigarette lighter plug for various 12v items. I also use the switch for the 12v water pump (I installed a new pump and a relay at the pump so the switch just switches the relay and not the pump motor). I have toyed with the idea of redoing it and using modern monitors for various systems ( I am a ham radio operator so I build a lot of stuff) but I just hate to ruin the 68 look so I have just left it alone. Over the years everyone we show the trailer too thinks it is very cool.
The face plate on yours is in better shape than mine so if you do decide to remove it please give me PM. I would love to have it.

Bruce & Rachel
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