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Old 05-17-2015, 12:02 PM   #1
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'64 Globetrotter electrical upgrades

Hello Everyone. I would like to share my electrical upgrade project I had done on a 64 Globetrotter. I did not use ANY of the original equipment. Inefficiency, reliability, and safety were the main concerns when we decided to go modernized. So where to begin... I installed all commercial grade wiring throughout the 110 Volt service with 12 Gauge stranded wire. I did decide to keep the 12 volt wiring that wasn't shorted out (some of the exterior lights were). I ran the electric to the back side of the broom closet (where the panels would be). The battery is a Duralast marine 210 Ah (future upgrade is a bigger battery bank setup). The converter is the commonly used Progressive Dynamics 4060: 60 Amp Converter + AC/DC Distribution Panel bought on Vintage Trailer Supplies website Inteli-Power 4060. I then ran three seperate 110 Volt circuits from the converter. One for the single exterior outlet, and two for the 5 interior outlets (one lead for each side of the trailor). I used GFCI outlets for protection for each circuit and mounted them close to the converter box. I then installed a disconnect battery switch ran off of a Relay that is connected to the battery. I also included a digital display that displays the voltage of the battery. All zip tied and heat shrink wrapped ends and splices.
I finished it out with a shore connection routed to the back bumper hatch. As always feedback is welcomed! Thanks
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:03 PM   #2
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So, where is the battery on yours now? I'm about to put a group 31 in my '65 Safari, in the back access area, where it was originally. It seems weird to put about 60 lbs that far away from the axle, but I guess it's how it was done. I've had a huge 4D battery mounted up on the A-frame for the last decade. That monster was for the 2 1/2 year "everywhere trip" with much boondocking. However, now that I've switched to LED lights, a 31 should be more than enough.
Sounds like you went to town on yours- how has everything worked since you posted?


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Old 08-11-2015, 11:38 PM   #3
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A little after the fact but GFCI circuit breakers would have been easier. I would imagine the breakers in the panel must be replaceable in case one goes bad. Would have simplified wiring.
Voltage display is interesting.
Otherwise a lot of work, good job.
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Yeah the only reason why I didn't use the GFCI breakers are the $$$. They run about 60$ just for one 20 amp breaker. Plus, this adds 3 more utility outlets for other accessories. This build was under a strict budget and I had to settle for most of what you see. The system is smaller than I would have liked to install. Also converters are pointless if you eventually want to be off grid. The battery is just behind the wardrobe closet where the shower used to be. Its now a full size bed with access to the battery from the trunk, side compartment, or under the mattress. After the pictures were taken I installed a battery tray. Its enough power for right now, but you always want MORE POWER!
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Sounds great can you rewire mine? 1964 Globe Trotter

Can you email me some photos of your rear access area that shows the inside plumbing and battery location?

also I discovered today that my black tank valve is leaking on the bottom.It looks like a let of work to change the valve.It has a slow drip at the bottom of the valve. Any suggestions ???
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Where are you currently located? I would consider the job if you are close to me. If not I'm more than willing to share and help you along the way. PM me that information and we can tackle your projects together. Look forward to helping you out
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