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Old 12-05-2009, 09:20 PM   #1
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Recently purchased a "fixer-upper" 1958 Overlander 26' and would like to restore it. Fridge gone, bathroom gone, ac gone- looking for wiring diagrams and floor plans. Needs rewiring but do not want to take off interior shell to do it- any suggestions?
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:29 AM   #2
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This site has lots of photos of '58 Overlanders - they should help as far as deciphering the original floor plan:

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You might be able to get away w/ removing a "select" number of interior panels to access the wiring that needs to be replaced, however, once you remove a panel and see 50+ year old insulation that most likely was used at some point by rodents of one kind or another (might be why you're having wiring issues), you'll probably slip on the "slippery slope" and decide to remove it all . . .

If you're starting from scratch on the Wiring then you should be able to find lots of good examples to follow by searching here. If you're trying to find something specific then you'll probably get the most help by describing exactly what you're trying to find out.

Good Luck and Post Some Photos.
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Recently purchased a "fixer-upper" 1958 Overlander 26' and would like to restore it. Fridge gone, bathroom gone, ac gone- looking for wiring diagrams and floor plans. Needs rewiring but do not want to take off interior shell to do it- any suggestions?
Probably, the best help you can get is to purchase a "service manual" for a 73 or 74 trailer.

Unless you wish to have the wires exposed, you will have to remove some of the interior panels.

In 58 not much was 12 volts.

Today, everything is 12 volts except the AC and Microwave.

The wiring systems today are many steps ahead of the 58's.

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Recently purchased a "fixer-upper" 1958 Overlander 26' and would like to restore it. Fridge gone, bathroom gone, ac gone- looking for wiring diagrams and floor plans. Needs rewiring but do not want to take off interior shell to do it- any suggestions?
Service manuals are available starting in the 70's, that contain the answers to your questions.

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Old 12-06-2009, 06:55 AM   #5
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Yep find a different trailer. The wires need to go in the wall.
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What exactly is wrong with the existing wiring that you feel the need to replace it? If your trailer is in decent shape structurally, it is probably worth the effort but that's your call.

Post some pictures if you get the opportunity.

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You may find my experience helpful.... http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ion-12320.html

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Looking in a trailer, most of the interior skin is not visible.

Why does the wire need to be in the wall?

What would be the issues around building a race through the cabinets?

To me, only the air conditioner's need for 110 and its placement may require its wiring inside the skin. The placement of a closet may help in avoiding even this. The microwave more than likely will be in or on a cabinet.

The 12 volt wiring can mostly be hidden inside cabinetry and the few places its needed where exposed, so maybe decorative trim can be used to conceal the wires.

Are there issues with these thoughts? Before I do some of this type wiring?

I have some wire inside the skins. But not having a firm idea of the final build out of the interior, I did not run wires everywhere, but to strategic locations.
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