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Old 08-13-2016, 07:02 PM   #15
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Boy you are right on that one hihosilver. There have been some nasty shocks from the aluminum shell reported in these forums.

I'm no electrician. I always considered the neutral wire just as "hot" as the hot wire. The circuit wiring three lights in the ceiling is kinda like a "loop". The first light takes some power, the second light does to, as does the third light. Put your ammeter on either hot or neutral anywhere along this circuit, you are going to see current flow. You don't want the Airstream body carrying that current.

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Old 08-14-2016, 01:12 PM   #16
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Now that I think about it, Jacketed is not needed. I just need lots of this:

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I'd probably go up to 12 ga. And use lots of different colors of wire, to help with the inevitable troubleshooting at later dates. Keep on imagining getting into camp late on Friday, after a busy week, and something important doesn't work! Be a friend to your future self!

As you run your wires, maybe also put some good nylon string along the wires, and use grommets in your (oversized) holes. The string will help you to pull additional wires in the future, when your needs change.
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Good advice, Suzy!

I have already saved 90% of the little black grommets that came with my Streamline. And, I have concocted a plan to run chases under the subfloor so that I can run wires across the "hallway" when I want to add a circuit or add something I forgot.
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So, I have a 33' 1972 Streamline that I'm doing the full monte on. As always, I'm thinking about next steps, and, I need to run some wires before putting all the aluminum back so I'm thinking about electricity.

Q1: For running, turn, brake lights etc, the system uses the chassis as a ground. I should stick with that, correct?

Q2: In disassembly of the trailer, it appears to me that the 12v system may have used the chassis as ground. Is that possible? My modern SOB trailer does not use chassis as ground for the 12v system, and I'm inclined to model that. Good route?

Q3: Does anyone have a detailed schematic of the wiring on a modern Airstream? I'm looking for a template to draw inspiration from.

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I ran all my ground wires to a single buss bar, then one wire from buss bar to tongue.

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toastie, thanks! I'm doing the wiring on my '76 Ambassador and those diagram would be a great help.

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