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Old 11-09-2014, 01:38 AM   #1
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Complete rewire-where do I start ?

Doing a shell off on a 1963 Bambi

Shell's back on, exterior skin sealed, windows refurbished, insulation will be in soon, and the next step will be electrical wiring. Originally planned on taking it to a professional for the wiring, but recently read some cautions about moving the rig without the structural rigidity provided by the interior skins, and the budget may dictate I do this myself. I only removed the bottom skins for the shell-off, and did not completely remove the interior skins until I started the patching the exterior skin, so 90% of the wiring is draped along the walls & ceiling. But breakers?, converters?, shore power ?

Is there a recommended "Travel Trailer Electrical 101" or "Trailer Wiring for Dummies" that I can start educating my self on 12v-110-tow rig systems ?
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Old 11-09-2014, 06:05 AM   #2
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Was in the same boat that you where in, but got though it with the help of the forum. I would start with below diagrams.

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Old 11-09-2014, 06:09 AM   #3
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Old 11-09-2014, 06:27 AM   #4
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Old 11-09-2014, 06:32 AM   #5
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I would start by making a blueprint of how you want it wired.
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Went with the blue sea fuse block, make sure that you buy a good crimping tool.

https://www.bluesea.com/products/502..._Bus_and_Cover

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Old 11-09-2014, 08:06 AM   #7
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Doing a shell off on a 1963 Bambi

Is there a recommended "Travel Trailer Electrical 101" or "Trailer Wiring for Dummies" that I can start educating my self on 12v-110-tow rig systems ?
RV Electrical Systems by Bill and Jan Moeller (1995 Ragged Mountain Press) worked for our goal of becoming familiar with the systems. However, we haven't done any major re-wiring.

Agree with the suggestion of making a detailed diagram of the wiring as it exists before tearing anything out.

Also, check what you've got--it may be good--before you decide to replace.
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You definetely want to use rubber grommets. Having a wire short out inside the wall is not a good thing. You might consider McMaster Carr. You can get a bag of 25 for $10 or $11 rather than the unit price at the nearest big box store (very expensive) While you are shopping, I found a step drill to be very useful.

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Old 11-09-2014, 08:46 AM   #9
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Start with making a drawing of what you want in a given location. Now diagram what you are trying to do ahead of time or you will have an unsafe mess. Once you know where stuff is going, like fuse panels and breaker boxes, you can locate them in the trailer and wire to them from all the appliances. Same goes for lights etc. Place the items first then wire to them. Same goes for plumbing. Make a drawing so you have a plan.

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Hey Aktundra,

I am in the exact same boat as you. Just got my exterior water tight and want to get most if not all the electrical stubbed in so I can insulate and get the inside skin back in. (I don't want to tow it with out the inside skins either).

My plan is to follow the original wiring so I can leverage the holes and grommets that are already there. I want to have a usable camper by Spring time, so I am going to focus on the 12V system first and wrap my head around the 120v stuff later. I'll stub in the 120V romex now but worry about the converters and fuse boxes later. I'm going to put everything back in it's original locations. I think I will source my 12V wire harness material at my local Uhaul trailer shop as they are the most knowledgable I can find.

Thanks Toastie and others for the diagrams and other resources.
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Old 11-13-2014, 10:04 PM   #11
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Is there a photo that has the inverter/converter-12v fuse panel-110 breaker all together to kind of give me a visual on how this equipment is physically oriented relative to each other?
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You might want to read thru a thread by "lucymcdog". The owner had zero electrical knowledge. With help from forum members. She rewired her '60's vintage trailer. Both the AC and DC side.
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Also it can help to look at some factory wiring drawings to give you a place to start.

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Does the forum have an archive that might have the factory drawings ?
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