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Old 10-14-2021, 09:10 AM   #1
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70's Land Yacht Electrical corner re-layout

My '73 Globetrotter had the "Land Yacht" rear bath layout, where the tub/shower lay in the street side corner, the sink stretched across the back, the toilet was in the near middle of the rear facing forward, and the curbside corner was occupied by a closet/wardrobe. The battery was installed in an exterior battery box that was mostly below the floor and under the above mentioned closet and kitchen. The univolt was mounted on the floor, and was covered by a false bottom in the closet. The AC breaker box was mounted on the wall in that closet.

I am putting it all back together after a lengthy rebuild, and was planning to reassemble similar to how it was set up originally, with some modifications. I have gone to a larger AGM battery, which will no longer fit in the original battery box, so have repurposed the battery box to be an outdoor shower, and am planning to put the battery inside, either under the closet false floor or under the kitchen (at the expense of some storage space). The converter will be under the false floor, and the AC and DC breakers/fuses will be on the interior wall of the closet.

I am having a bit of trouble piecing this together without it looking like an after though/act of desperation. Anyone out there gone through roughly the same process and have some inspirational advice/pictures to share?

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Old 10-14-2021, 02:34 PM   #2
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If you can do without a closet in the bathroom, I'd take it out, move the sink to that side (if not the fiberglas one that attaches to the tub. That puts the toilet in the middle and could be angled a little to the side if desired. That's what we did, but we were going from a shower with toilet to a tub with hand held shower.

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Old 10-14-2021, 05:30 PM   #3
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I'm quite married at this point to the layout of the bathroom being as described above, but your post does make a good point, which is that one of the primary functions of the closet is to hide the vent pipe from the black tank, and the ugliness of the electrical wires sprouting from the wall (plus the converter, top of battery box,etc.).

I could eliminate the closet, in terms of a completely enclosed space, and crowd most of the electrical stuff into the back corner... Not sure the back corner is a good place for that heavy (110AH) battery.

Have a look at the pic below, the jumble on the left side of the pic is what I am trying to make nice.
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We have the same layout in our 73 Safari and chose to retain the original look bot hereís what we built for our closet.
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So are you completely eliminating storage in the bathroom, or is that mission control center behind a wall that has yet to be put in place?

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Old 10-15-2021, 09:08 AM   #6
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We built this above the original battery box so we did not give up much floor space and with the closet door closed, you canít tell it is there. We located 2 additional agm batteries under the bed and vented them thru the existing battery box.
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:26 AM   #7
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Your electrical system seems a lot more complex than mine, for a trailer that is only slightly larger. Can you elaborate on your set up? Do you have solar involved as well? Do you have an inverter? I can see that you have AC and DC breakers, but also many cut-off switches.

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Old 10-18-2021, 08:40 AM   #8
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Admittedly this was overkill. No inverter but the converter and ac surge protector are mounted under the three red cutoff switches, which is one for each battery. The yellow switches also function as circuit breakers, one wired for solar, another for the tow vehicle charge line and the 100 amp one that functions as a main breaker for the dc system. It all started because I wanted to add an ac circuit for a microwave and eliminate the fuses when the Univolt went away. I stumbled onto a Bluesea catalog and away I went.
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Blue Sea can lead to complexity if you don't maintain a KISS approach.

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Yep, I am definitely trying to keep it basic. Would like to get the AC and DC fuses/breakers out where I can reach them, and my battery cutoff switch and Sealevel gauge. I originally bought a new DC fuse block, but now am looking at the combined AC and DC control panels that are available in an effort to make the AC box look less like something that ought to be hidden.
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