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Old 06-26-2011, 05:53 PM   #1
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Does it need to be replaced?

Here I go again with another question. Please forgive my ignorance; I promise I'm trying to learn. We bought a 65 Safari in the spring in good condition. My question is on the electrical wiring. Should it all just be rewired because of it's age? It doesn't show any signs (that I know of) of problems and doesn't smell funny like some I've been in. There was water damage in the rear bath and possibly a small patch by the door, but that seems pretty typical. All interior lights and refrigerator work fine. Some of the exterior marker lines don't work, but we were planning on replacing them. Some PO had done some messy wiring at the breakers at the back but that has been cleaned up. Just looking for thoughts...
If we did need work done, who would do it for us? An RV center, local electrician???

Thanks so much for all the help! This forum has helped us tremendously. I need to post pics of my new curtains. That's more up my alley! This other stuff...not so much.
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:03 PM   #2
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Here I go again with another question. Please forgive my ignorance; I promise I'm trying to learn. We bought a 65 Safari in the spring in good condition. My question is on the electrical wiring. Should it all just be rewired because of it's age?
I am from the if it is not broke don't fix it school. Replacing the wiring is not an easy task. I had a 68 Globetrotter years ago and it had aluminum wiring, I went threw and cleaned and tighten all connections and grounds and had no issues. The wiring itself should hold up as long as it is not chaffing against a frame member or some other obstruction. The Univolt if original should be replaced. Breakers can get weak with time. You have to be the judge.

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Old 06-26-2011, 06:56 PM   #3
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I agree with Jim. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Anything that might need doing you can do yourself; if you feel adventurous. There is a lot of help here to guide you thru most problems. Lucymcdog completely rewired her trailer with help from numerous forum members. She had no previous experience.
The advantage of doing it yourself is that; You know what was done and you won't have any trouble finding the person who did it.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:44 PM   #4
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That really helps. I guess all these posts about rewiring and replumbing had us questioning ourselves. Plumbing I can understand but the electric I wasn't sure if that was just standard to do or what. The breakers and all exposed areas in the back end have been cleaned up so I think we'll go with that. The interior is very well preserved and I don't want to go messing with it. Thanks again!
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:33 PM   #5
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I was looking at the power converters at vintagetrailersupply to replace our univolt. I'm sure this is really dumb, but do I need the 45 or 60 amp?
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talk to Randy at bestconverter.com everything you wanted to know about converters.
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45 is plenty

I recently installed an Intellipower 9245 (45 amps). It is more than adequate for my 26 footer. Bought it on eBay. If I remember right it was less than $150.00
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