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Old 10-13-2002, 08:52 PM   #1
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i am looking for any and all information as to the electrical system on my old 1967 tradewind , i wish to plede ignorance as to how it all works , do i new to pluggedinto 50 amp 240 or will 50 amp 110 work , i wish to install an ondemand ( electric ) water heater , and only use propane for furnace and stove , i seem to have a short in my forward lights , all othe elec. works , and do i need to rewire as my wireing is aluminum ? , thanks

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The trailers are 110. What is the power requirement of the water heater? You are going to need a dedicated circuit for sure, maybe more than that.


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Your coach would have originally been equipped with a 30 AMP, 110/115 Volt electrical service. You might have as many as three circuits - - one dedicated circuit available for air conditioning, and either one or two for household service.

Before proceeding with an electric only heating unit have you fully considered the usage of your Tradewind? If you are planning to attend any of the International Rallys or even many of the local and regional rallys, you will need a generator to operate the water heater as you are limited to 3 to 5 AMPS of electrical service. In addition, you would likely find that some of the more out-of-the-way campgrounds may not be able to supply the amperage that would be required by an instantaneous electric on-demand water heater as these campgrounds often have a maximum of 20 or 30 AMP service and not to all sites. To increase your flexibility, there is an RV style LP water heater that also has an auxiliary electric heating element that can be used when you are in a full-hookup situation. It has also been my experience that the 110/115 volt on-demand water heaters may not produce sufficient volume of hot water to supply the shower.

I do not wish to discourage you from proceeding with your proposed installation, rather to encourage you to fully consider your options.

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Old 10-14-2002, 04:32 PM   #4
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electrical system 1967 tradewind

i will take your advice , and , spend some time thinking about my options , i just might install a combo propane / electric water heater , my tradewind does have a very nice a/c on top ( no heating element ) and all base plugs function , , and it makes quite a bit of cold air , and my refrig works great , and i seem to have found that i have a twenty and thirty amp breaker in my main breaker box at rear , i have a cicuit { a circuit that comes from the panel where the deep cycle battery sits } ( a circuit that affects the lights only up in the bow ) that clicks on and off , it clicks and then all lights dim and it and it clicks once more and the lights come on full brightness and the lights in the bow go off , stove and roof fans are not affected , pleasehelp
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