Thanks for the responses to my earlier post!!
I have just purchased a 1958
Avion. I'm hoping to learn while doing and have a steep learning curve. I am wanting to use all electric at least temporarily while I learn about the propane systems (original stove and heater). I eventually want to install solar. First though I need to do some more basic things, like replacing gaskets, adding some insulation under the beds...
My nephew kindly had his electrician come over to look at it yesterday, and he made some suggestions which may raise some questions. I'd appreciate being directed to the proper forum or books and other resources.
I have the original power cord with three flat prongs on the trailer end and an old non-grounded plug on the other. The power works with this, the lights go on, and I've plugged in a small heater with no trouble. There are 2 20 amp fuses. One of my questions is: Is this a 20 amp or 30 amp system? How are the 2 fuses connected (lights and plugs/ front and back/other)? I've tried to search on this site and others but am not coming up with even that information. I've seen a replacement part at vintage trailer parts that is a 15 amp cord receptacle for replacing the 'obsolete 30 amp' one. Does this mean my system might be 30 amps? I've read something about 'neutral & ground not to be bonded together' and that wiring in a trailer being somewhat different than in a home. I'm wondering if this means a regular electrician expertise may not always apply to trailers. I don't think this person, as smart as he seems, has worked with travel trailers before (though I may be mistaken).
The electrician suggested:
1. Changing out the cord to a grounded end. (Can I buy a replacement cord? Can a 3 prong grounded end, just be added to the original cord... I'm not thinking that vintage cord has a ground wire in it though)
2. Leaving the original system as it is, but running an additional power source/cord into the closet with 2 30 amp grounded outlets (I'm assuming with breakers) in the kitchen area, so that I would use those to run a 2 burner hot plate type stove top, a toaster oven or convection oven of some sort, a heater, and charge my laptop. (He also will run another line for outlets on the side of the garage to use for the trailer.
I may not even have enough knowledge to know how to ask these questions. Also with this first part of my huge project which books are the first to get? RV Electrical Systems, Woodall's RV Maintenance Guide or others?
Also if you live in NH do you have suggestions of people who might be good to use for repairs. I know of the vintage parts place in Vermont which is great.
Thanks so much for any advise you can offer,