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Old 06-23-2015, 02:03 PM   #1
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Total rewire questions.

I am planning a restoration of a 66 Overlander. I have some experience in residential and marine wiring but I am new to the RV world. I'm sure that I will have a lot of questions in the future but for now I'd like to get some basic info.
Is there a thread I should check out?


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Old 06-23-2015, 02:45 PM   #2
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Do a search on this site. There is a ton of info...

Best way to search is google. type in Google search "site:Airstream Trailer & Motorhome Owners Community ****".

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Old 06-23-2015, 05:03 PM   #3
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Total rewire questions.

I recommend crosslink wire for the 12 volt stuff.

It is much less likely to burst into flames than vinyl coated wires should there be a short or bad situation.!Link-Wire/p_804928
The fact that I am opinionated does not presuppose that I am wrong......

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Old 06-23-2015, 06:43 PM   #4
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My recommendation:
If the 12v is in good condition, reuse and leave in place as much as you can. Otherwise you can open up a real can of worms. Things tap and branch off of each other everywhere and tracing it all in the amount of wiring that will be there will be daunting. I reused the vast majority of mine, when I did want something extra I ran some additional 12v circuits. I cleaned up what was there and made sure each connection was in good shape or fixed it if it wasn't. Good amount of soldering and heat shrinking. New fuse panel and converter are good starting points for planning.
For the 120v, go to town. There wiring is more straight forward and there is much less of it. You'll probably have 3 branch circuits that are there originally, but in 1966 there wasn't a lot of demand for outlets for personal electronics, TV's etc. Think about where you'd like outlets for added functionality and run as appropriate.
If you think you may want it now or in the future, plan to run some dedicated wire for solar panels.
Think and plan a lot ahead of time because once you put the walls back in things get much harder to change.
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