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Old 05-06-2019, 11:01 AM   #1
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Wiring in 59 Caravanner

What type of wire was used in this year and model? Since trailer is 60 yrs old should all / any wiring be replaced?
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:27 PM   #2
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Wiring varies, 12 volt may be automotive, 120 volt will be larger gauge, probably not romex, assuming its original. Splices will probably just twisted together and taped. Does anything work now? Exterior lights for towing, interior plug ins/lights. To rewire requires removing the majority of the interior panels. Once you go that far hard to stop.

Pictures may help (interior). What are your plans? I would suspect you'll have to redo all mechanical systems.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:39 AM   #3
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Harold is exactly right. If you are going to remove interior panels, replace all wiring. The insulation is old, connections are iffy at best and there are much better options today. A lot of vintage AS owners go back with VAC for the fridge, microwave, and any other appliances that require 120v. All lights could be 12vdc. We even converted the Humphrey gas lamp to 12vdc. All marine stranded with crimped shrink wrapped connections. Good luck
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:55 AM   #4
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Thanks for responses. Just going to look at trailer this weekend. Really donít want a project. Interior pics look pretty good, so hadnít planned to pull interior walls( ďoriginal zolatoneĒ per ad so assume still original wiring). Somethings have been redone by a previous ( now deceased) owner, but wonít know anymore details til we see it in person and talk to current owner whose hasnít done anything to it
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Old 05-08-2019, 07:52 PM   #5
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The old wire in my 1955 Safari is marked Paranite T-Flex Non Metallic Sheathed Cable Type NM 14-2 600V.

I am in the process of replacing the old wire with marine grade wire.
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