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Old 06-05-2013, 11:55 PM   #15
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Another mentioned the use of Black for Positive and White for Negative in some rigs...It stumps me as to why some in the RV industry began utilizing residential/commercial code wiring colors.

The first thing i did in my battery bay in the Parkliner was to correctly rewire all in the bay to automotive standard red/positive and black/negative on the 12 volt side in the battery bay. (Yes i left the manufacturer's Black to + and White to - label with my own labels for the mods i did next to it). It was an easy afternoon project and didn't cost anything but some nice 8 gauge wire. No biggie. But sheesh! WHY??
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Another mentioned the use of Black for Positive and White for Negative in some rigs...It stumps me as to why some in the RV industry began utilizing residential/commercial code wiring colors.
Its not actually "some" its most manufactures these days, if they are following the RVIA code. The RV industry looks at an trailer as a dwelling not a vehicle as it has no engine.
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I admittedly dont know what the motorhome standards are but it makes sense if the manufacture is following the RIVA standard in regards to the dwelling component.

Standards whether you agree with them are not, are actually a good thing, it sure makes it easier for people to fix something if they know it was built/wired to a specific standard. Problems can arise in the future on a trailer that lets say for example has a RIVA sticker on it and whoever is working on it in the future assumes it has been wired to that standard ... only to discover (often after the damage is done) that someone made changes to the wiring after it left the manufacturer's yard.
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I do have to ask! What does a lawn mower battery have anything to do with a camper?
Because I have a few things to ask about my TV cable box and about my zipper on my work boats..
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I know the standard thingy/thought you've got going is correct Carol... i just wish the "Standard" had remained automotive...if it had wheels Ask any van conversion shop (that does not bow to RIVA hype) or professional auto alarm or stereo shop...they are all still seeing "Red" rather than "Black".

They are the ones most outspoken on the matter. If you go into our van conversion's wiring (professionally done) it is Red/positive following all the auto guidlines...until you get to the ceiling fan which has black as positive and white as negative from the factory. silly. ...red all the way to the black lead on the fan.

OH well, life goes on. At least i know what i'm doing in there and glad i'm not color blind!

And i luv you even if you might say Crick, when i might say Creek
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OH well, life goes on. At least i know what i'm doing in there and glad i'm not color blind!
And i luv you even if you might say Crick, when i might say Creek
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hummm I suspect the Queen would suggest with humour of course that you meant to say "Colour" blind oh and I thought it was our neighbours to the south that called it a Crick...
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...I thought it was our neighbours to the south that called it a Crick...
My Montana relatives correct me when i call that small run of water a "Creek" and they are _Northerners_ to me you must have more West-Coast blood in you than i thought.

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[QUOTE=accrete;393365] you must have more West-Coast blood in you than i thought.(/QUOTE]

West Coast blood! LOL Here is a hint, one set of GGG Grandparents were married in Fort Victoria in 1855, while Queen Victoria was still attempting to lay claim to Vancouver Island.... which is why she sent them their to start with in 1850. Have a GG Grandparent who was with the US side during the infamous Pig War on San Juan as well. Yup some might say I have a touch of West coast blood.
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