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Old 02-25-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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Wiring for future upgrades

In the process of replacing the floor, I've got most of the aft section of the trailer gutted...I'm going to be taking down the rear end-cap (a friend convinced me that it isn't that hard to get out, or get back in), and the ceiling panel that runs the length of the trailer.
The electrical center (battery, converter, 12 and 120v panel) are in the aft curbside corner. So While I've got things open, I'm going to run a couple of wires from back to front. I know I will need wires for tank gauges. (control panel is in the front end-cap). I was thinking of running a piece of romex in case I ever decide to replace the oven/range with a cook top and convection microwave under. (no power source in the vicinity.) I figure if I leave a length of romex coiled up there, it'll at least make such an upgrade possible.

So--What other future upgrades should I consider? I figure that wire is cheap...hooking up wire is easy. But actually running wire through these aluminum walls is hard.
The only things I've thought of (so far) is a rear-view camera.
-Solar pre-wire? well...there really isn't much real-estate on the roof for panels.
-maybe circuits for fantastic vents? there are already lights integrated into the 3 roof vents, so thats available already. The front one (the only one I actually 'plan' on installing a fantastic vent) already has supply for a motor, and a light.

What else would be prudent to pre-wire?
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Having been there and done that, if I could do it all over again, I would run flex plastic conduct in the wall that would allow me to add wires after everything is back together when needed. This was an issue for me, as I did not add enough speaker wire where needed. If you do this, don't forget to run string though the conduct so when you do add wire you have something to pull it through.

Would suggest using an electical knockout instead of drilling the holes in the studs, because the one-sided pressure while drilling, especially once the drill bit breaks through the stud, can cause near by rivets to leak.
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Maybe add a cable TV connector from the rear bumper while you have things apart.
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We're pre-wired for solar.
Ya never know, what the heck, FWIW, yada-yada-yada.

Other possibilities?
Automagic stabilizers, neon lighting, James Bond black tank cannon, retractable awnings all around with the optional disco ball package and/or the water mister package ....
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Definitely use plastic conduit for the 12V circuits. The more the better. And take lots of pictures so you can remember where things are connected. I prewired for just about anything. And went 50a/240VAC for the ac stuff.
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remote black tank valve, for tailgaters?

But seriously...I wasn't planning on RE-wiring, so much. just adding for ___?
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A separate circuit for the A/C is nice.
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remote black tank valve, for tailgaters?

But seriously...I wasn't planning on RE-wiring, so much. just adding for ___?
No kidding? I have a wireless remote for the black tank macerator pump. So I can spray your windshield if you get too close.
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You might want to run some CAT5 and RG-59 or RG-6 coax for cable and internet connectivity. You can run video from either type cable. I would separate if from AC power though. You might also think about upgrading to 220V power. A 30A system is possible which doubles your wattage and you won't need to make everything 50A capable.

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cat5/6--wireless seems to be the thing for voice and data, these days. What else might that wire be used for?

rg6 for video...got that coming from the antenna to the tv outlet above the fridge, but not any "front-to-back". that might be handy, if ever a tv was wanted in the bedroom area. Now that I think of it, 12v power outlets might be a good thing, what with so many small battery operated/car-chargeable gizmos around these days. I'm actually surprised that the factory put 3 of these in, in 1972. they all get used. I've run the tv on 12v, too.

keep 'em coming...
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Does Vintage Trailer Supply carry that?

Chuck, glad to hear that work is progressing.

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You can have you own LAN using CAT5. Maybe one of these days they will put a CAT5 connector on the power pole instead of WiFi which is flakey in most camp grounds. If you have a need to get data from one end of the trailer to the other the CAT5 makes it easy. Nothing beats a wired network especially if you are in a faraday cage. I have CAT5 running all over my house and TV cameras as well. Put you some RG-59 in with a bulk BNC connector on each end of the trailer. That way you can put a camera on the back of the trailer and then another connector on the front of the trailer to hook to the tow vehicle. Wireless is iffy running 30-40ft. I will probably wire my trailer with CAT 5 and hook to my home network when the trailer is at home parked.

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cat5/6--wireless seems to be the thing for voice and data, these days. What else might that wire be used for?

rg6 for video...got that coming from the antenna to the tv outlet above the fridge, but not any "front-to-back". that might be handy, if ever a tv was wanted in the bedroom area. Now that I think of it, 12v power outlets might be a good thing, what with so many small battery operated/car-chargeable gizmos around these days. I'm actually surprised that the factory put 3 of these in, in 1972. they all get used. I've run the tv on 12v, too.

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Does Vintage Trailer Supply carry that?
If they don't, they probably should.
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Maybe add a cable TV connector from the rear bumper while you have things apart.
Yup. We did that as well. We've used it a couple of times and it was pretty convenient. We also added a Cat5 back there that runs to the front of the camper. Haven't found a need for it yet, but it's there in case we do. Also added a 2 pair line into the bedroom area "just in case".

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