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Old 11-19-2017, 01:36 PM   #1
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Disassembling the street side bench to reach the electrical systems

Hi all,

Anyone have any tips/tricks before I begin disassembling the street side bench? My OEM rats nest of wires is back there and I want to see the evil before I commit to doing my own solar upgrade. Looks like the top is stapled down. Really?



How to proceed?

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Old 11-19-2017, 02:16 PM   #2
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Umm, find the solar prewires, probably a yellow and a green wire pair, and connect your solar to that. You shouldn't have to pull anything out to simply do that.
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Old 11-19-2017, 05:22 PM   #3
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Bigger than that..

The prewire will be replaced with 8 or 6AWG, new solar controller, new battery monitor, Lithiums (inside). It'll be substantial so I think it is best to make some room to work.

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Old 11-19-2017, 05:26 PM   #4
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The funiture is held together with a few screws and staples. Take a lot of photos to see how it all fits back together.
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Old 11-20-2017, 11:41 AM   #5
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We have a FC25FB twin. The electrical "locker" is under the head of the curb-side bed with the same size access hole you have. I needed better access for the same reason you do. I cut the panel with a Fein Multimaster (but I think the Harbor Freight version would work just fine) and suspended the now-unsupported-cut-end with aluminum z channel. Just cut close to a solid support. Now my access is about the same size as the space below.

See orangealuminum.com if you don't want to spend time hunting for the z channel.

If you take the cabinet apart you will probably want to make a similar mod anyway because you WILL be in there again. You will be surprised at how may secret fuses Airstream has hidden in there.
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:48 PM   #6
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:41 AM   #7
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I have a very similar trailer as yours, and had to access the factory rat's nest to upgrade some wiring. I removed the front section off the "bench" at the factory joint, I didn't have to cut anything. If I remember right, there are several white screws that secured the front section. IMPORTANT: There is one screw that is accessed from the outside storage area. I don't think I had to remove the hinge screws for the small door.

It was relatively easy to remove the the front section, and it gives good access to work on the wiring, or pull new wires.

Also, FWIW, if I was going to go through all the trouble of running new solar wires, I would run #6, not #8.
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Old 11-23-2017, 11:48 AM   #8
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This thread is so helpful, thanks for the pictures! I've been struggling with how to get access to the inverter for months. Thought I was missing something, but it seems like poor design. I'll cut an access hole too.
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Old 11-25-2017, 03:35 PM   #9
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Hidden screws



I went out to the trailer today to have a look. I did see that the front most compartment is indeed free of staples. That's promising. I removed five screws as shown in the picture above:
  • 3 screws at the edge screwed up from below
  • 1 screw at the L bracket against the wall
  • 1 screw running parallel with the floor from the cutout to the wall's edge

But it's not moving yet.. I looked inside the street side cubby but didn't see anything obvious.

What am I missing?
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:01 AM   #10
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I looked at my trailer and verified that the screws were white. You have to open the hinged inside storage hatch to access most of them. Some go down into the floor, next to the hinges.

The one in the outside storage compartment is up high, and horizontal. That one is silver (Phillips). When you open the outside hatch, it will be down to your left.

Once all the screws are out, you should not have to force anything, it should easily come out.

I see that you live fairly close to me. If you send me a pm with contact info, I would be happy to come over this week and take a look.

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