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Old 06-26-2016, 07:37 PM   #1079
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I also switched from the 4 inch original drop to a straight axle and my girl was sitting too high….maybe not for an Africa trip but for trips around the US. I went to NAPA and got 2" lowering blocks. $40 and an easy install. She looks perfect now
My gray and black water tanks where dropped 4", could be a clearanced problem with a dropped axle .........toastie
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Old 07-12-2016, 02:43 PM   #1080
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I noticed you have the same antenna as I do on my 54 cruiser. Only problem is mine is missing and there are just two holes. Was yours a replacement or was it there when you bought her? Thanks, Stanley29
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Old 07-13-2016, 10:03 AM   #1081
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I noticed you have the same antenna as I do on my 54 cruiser. Only problem is mine is missing and there are just two holes. Was yours a replacement or was it there when you bought her? Thanks, Stanley29
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Old 07-14-2016, 03:30 PM   #1082
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super helpful, THANKS!
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I have had a few e-mail about my axle and decided to give some details

Axle is a Dexter.....#5200 straight 70" track 53" underslung...$189.00
Drum 12 x 2.....6 bolt.............................................. ............$159.30
Backing plate 12" L.H............................................... ..........$68.99
Backing plate 12" R.H............................................... ..........$68.99
U-Bolt kit............................................... ............................$14.00
Shackle Link...2.5"....5/8 hole.............................................. $9.00
Shackle Bolt....5/8"/ lock nut............................................... $29.34
Bushing............14-73 rednek............................................ ..$89.94
Grease and Pin............................................... ...................$5.00
Parts total............................................. .............................$633.56

Labor............................................. ....................................$75.00

Sale tax............................................... ..............................$38.01

Grand total............................................. ............................$746.57

Labor included: Install backing plate, clean and pack bearings, adj brakes
and weld on shock mounts, installed rubber bushings to leaf springs, plus
they answered all of my questions on wiring, brake away switch and much more.

The shocks where bought at Amazon.com
2 Monroe 555002 Gas-Magnum R.......$18.39........................2 $36.78
(Per Monroe tech support)

The reason for the straight axle is that I'm going with black and gray tanks and need
the 3 extra inches. With a local Dexter axle business was able to take the original axle in for very accurate measurements.

I used a local Dexter axle company:
Camper/Trailer Parts & Repair
11154 W. Grand River
Fowlerville, Michigan, 48836
Phone 517-223-9670
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Old 07-18-2016, 05:34 PM   #1083
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Hi Toastie, Im doing a big remodel on mine right now, so hopig you can answer a question for me... Does your water heater need outside ventilation? Would it if you had it connected to propane? I also dont want to cut a huge hole in the trailer but need a new water heater. Love what your turned out like! Thanks!
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Having to build bed and plumbing at the same time, will be able to remove pump and fresh water tank.

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Old 07-20-2016, 10:34 AM   #1084
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Hi Toastie, Im doing a big remodel on mine right now, so hopig you can answer a question for me... Does your water heater need outside ventilation? Would it if you had it connected to propane? I also dont want to cut a huge hole in the trailer but need a new water heater. Love what your turned out like! Thanks!
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My hot water is strictly electric, and does not need venting, make sure the pressure relief valve get plumbed to outside. If you go with propane you will need to vent to outside.

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Old 07-26-2016, 05:16 PM   #1085
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Hi Toastie, I reviewed so much of your great post on your AS, and now Im hoping to get some help with mine. i started a thread about restoring my 57 Overlander, and I am stuck on the re-wiring department. Do you have any leads for me to turn to to learn about wiring, both 12v and 110? Any help would be great! Thank you1

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Notice how the u-channel was constructed on this 1955 Safari, electrical
will be upgraded...........
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:59 PM   #1086
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Boy this wiring is fun stuff! Is there a supplier that sells the Barman wire in a set of 5 wires already combined? Or do i need to buy 5 separate wire spools just to run the wire back to the tail lights, brakes, etc?

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Thanks very much, will go with the yellow 12 gauge romex for the 110 volt and will buy a spool of black and a spool of white wire for the 12 volt. What gauge would be the best for the 12 volt 12 or 14.....

Thanks again
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Old 07-26-2016, 07:30 PM   #1087
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Toastie, I think I noticed that for your lights, brake lights, running lights wiring... you used just one color wire but taped colors to it. is that how you did it? Where did you get that wire? Thanks!

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All yellow 12 gauge romex wire will be going into a 12 volt fuse box and I will be following the diagram shown in picture. My question is how does the break away switch for the brakes and the 7-pin umbilical connector tie into my wiring diagram. Also in the diagram I noticed the green wire going to ground and I do understand that, but what is black wire coming from the battery, does that get grounded also to the trailer.

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Old 07-26-2016, 08:34 PM   #1088
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Thanks for that info. it looks like their wire is in a conduit. i was hoping to get loose wire but in the colors needed for trailer wiring.
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:09 AM   #1089
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This is my final plan:

Wire 6 will be for the main

Wire 5 to 20 amp, will be only for air conditioner

Wire 4 to 15 amp, will be only for 45 amp Intellipower; will be plugged into a GFI

Wire 3 to 15 amp will be only for microwave and refrigerator, Direct TV box, surge protector, 32" LED TV, bathroom with GFI

Wire 2 to 15 amp will be only for electric hot water tank.

Wire 1 to 20 amp GFCI will be for exterior and interior receptacles and switches.

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Hooked up the inteli-power and 12v system and everything seems to work, the battery was showing 13.42 volts. This is just a temp hook-up, will be going with battery box that meets RVIA code...........toastie
hey Toastie, where did you get the 12v fuse box that you eventually ended up using? Why did you switch to that one rather than the other?

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Old 09-03-2016, 10:42 PM   #1091
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Gorgeous! Such a fine job! You deserve every bit of praise you get.

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Old 09-04-2016, 12:15 AM   #1092
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Gorgeous! Such a fine job! You deserve every bit of praise you get.

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