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Old 01-26-2019, 05:18 PM   #15
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As for my windows, many were already broken so I removed all of them and cleaned and polish the frames. I was able to get some pieces for the side slider windows but for the front and back I just went and bought Lexan or plexiglass and put solid windows in the front and rear.
This is very re-assuring for what I am looking at. Unless I can find something at an RV salvage lot, I will be fabricating some frame elements and using plexiglass as well.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:22 PM   #16
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One big difference from cutting a hole in aluminum, FG is a slew easier to repair . If you should cut it out for AC save the panel.
Will do. It's extremely fascinating to me how these and various trailers go together. I can already tell you that my relationship to rivets for this trailer is entirely different than the past. I don't like the way they go through the fiberglass at all, and any that can be replaced with machine screws and bolts will be.

It's a great deal less scary knowing that a hole can be repaired without looking unsightly or replacing an entire panel.
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Old 01-26-2019, 06:52 PM   #17
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Only 120 volts

Since my whole trailer was gutted, I decided to use 120 volts throughout the whole trailer. I have a small breaker box bought at Home Depot with 4-15 amp circuits, AC, fridge, interior lights and outlets, exterior outlet. We typically camp inside the campground with hook ups so I deleted all the 12 V, no holding tank, no water tank, no shower. This simplifies everything. I realize a lot of campers from the factory are built with both 12 V and 120 V, but since we are never going out in the wilderness I didnít see the need for all the 12 V. We do have a hidden slide out Porta potty underneath the far side dinette for emergencies. City water comes in for the faucet then go right out the sink drain connected to a waste hose.
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Breaker box

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Old 01-26-2019, 07:38 PM   #19
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A/c and outdoor outlet

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Old 02-25-2019, 08:25 PM   #20
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The electrical can be an easy fix. Use the box from home depot for the 120v and use electrical extension cords to run them around the outside of the shell. I put in 4 circuits, one that goes to an outside outlet, on that goes to an outlet on the stove/sink, and two that are to the cabinet by the door, one for a microwave, one for an A/C. I mounted the A/C on a shelf at the bottom of the cabinet. I made it so that it slides in when I am on the road, and slides out when in a campground. That makes it efficient.
I also had the mount in the back window, and took that out, also took out the small pieces that were on both sides. I kept those and used them as patterns for the Lexan that I put in. You can get the gasket in lengths that will allow it to be one continuous piece.

The 12 volt system is easy to do. Use #14 wire and use different colors for the different systems. Since you are redoing it all, go with LED lights, and you can find at Amazon some small 12v switches with a blue "on" light. In fact almost of what you will need will be available from either Amazon or Home Depot.
I would suggest you put a battery in, and an inverter and a converted, so that you have a lot of options camping. You can even wire it for solar, even if you don't put any in, since this will be the easiest time for that kind of thing.
Lots of help on the forum, several build threads to look at for ideas.
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Old 02-26-2019, 12:32 PM   #21
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The electrical can be an easy fix. Use the box from home depot for the 120v and use electrical extension cords to run them around the outside of the shell. I put in 4 circuits, one that goes to an outside outlet, on that goes to an outlet on the stove/sink, and two that are to the cabinet by the door, one for a microwave, one for an A/C. I mounted the A/C on a shelf at the bottom of the cabinet. I made it so that it slides in when I am on the road, and slides out when in a campground. That makes it efficient.
I also had the mount in the back window, and took that out, also took out the small pieces that were on both sides. I kept those and used them as patterns for the Lexan that I put in. You can get the gasket in lengths that will allow it to be one continuous piece.

The 12 volt system is easy to do. Use #14 wire and use different colors for the different systems. Since you are redoing it all, go with LED lights, and you can find at Amazon some small 12v switches with a blue "on" light. In fact almost of what you will need will be available from either Amazon or Home Depot.
I would suggest you put a battery in, and an inverter and a converted, so that you have a lot of options camping. You can even wire it for solar, even if you don't put any in, since this will be the easiest time for that kind of thing.
Lots of help on the forum, several build threads to look at for ideas.
Thanks Eric, I appreciate the feedback. It seems very strange to me that there was no converter, battery or other 12V system to speak of in the trailer. I don't know if this was common, and even the popups of the era that I have seen seem to have more sophisticated electrical systems.

When I plugged everything in, 120V power went to everything but the overhead lights on the ends of the cabinets. I think it will be a little easier to add on as we go if I put in a battery and converter. I just finished completely wiring a much larger trailer, and this Casita should be a good bit more simple.

I am starting to re-read your restoration thread in order to see where you went with the A/C. Your process seems to be one of the most similar to my plans. These forums are always a wealth of information, just not always easy to find.

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