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Old 05-08-2014, 12:10 PM   #57
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Burro Project

I gutted my wiring on my Burro. I am particular on electrical and hated the rat's nest that existed in mine. So, I started from scratch. After a lot of research on this and other forums I decided on the PD4045. Others were so happy with theirs that I figured I would be fine.
The first thing I did when my 4045 arrived was to ring out the wires and label them with wire markers. Markers are small adhesive strips with numbers on them. This way when I installed my circuits I would just write the number down and know what circuit it went on.
I used most of the circuits. I mapped out my electric and am assuming I will not be adding more circuits. I broke my circuits down into zones on my Burro. I know it is a small area but this helps in a couple ways. First if I blow a fuse in the rear lights and all my lights are on one circuit then I am in total darkness. So, I put the front lights on a different circuit than the rear.
Second if I have a problem on a circuit by way of it blowing fuses I have fewer places to check to find the problem.
I also used 3/8 pex water supply pipe as conduit. I hated when I would put things in my little cubby holes and they would come in contact with the trailer wires. I used two sided tape that they use to hold outside rear view mirrors on and some plastic clips to hold my pex. It worked out great as the 3/8 is very flexible and it went around the curves in the body without any trouble.
I also ordered all new LED lights off Ebay. Total draw on a double light is .3 watts.
I am right now in the process of getting the 12v supply back to the converter. I have the AC supply in. I replaced the ac side with a new Marinco Plug that screws on. When I pulling the old cable out it ripped the cover right off the Burro. I am at lunch now. When I get home tonight I will post some pics.
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:22 PM   #58
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Thanks for the great response Jim. As I stated in a previous post, it appears that the PO just stubbed off the whole wiring loom under the front corner of the cabinets, about where it would have dropped through the floor being replaced at the time. Further, it appears that the Original Owner wired it up according to the diagram in the old Burro instruction book, so if it hasn't been too badly altered in the intervening 31 years, I may be able to splice on a front loom and call it good. It appears that all of the AC wiring is and always was separate from the DC wiring loom and it should be pretty simple to get that back like it should be. Then on to "prettification" with the roof carpet strip, the new curtains, etc. I've almost completely decided against replacing the missing tri-power fridge, and the jury is still out on the little two burner stove, although a kind member on this board gifted me a perfectly good one to match the missing original.

The adventure continues!
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:43 PM   #59
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I left out my two burner to give more counter top. I do a lot of my cooking outside, unless it gets below 40. I kept my 3 way fridge. Of all the things I have struggled with when camping it is always having access to ice for coolers. I boondock quite a bit and it seems I am always a long way from the nearest ice. So, I added a second propane tank to the front and got my fridge working on all three. I will only use the 12v on the road. I pack most things frozen or really cold to help out the fridge anyway. At home I plug in the 110 a couple days ahead to give it a head start. That has always work in all our campers.
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:36 AM   #60
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OK, 4 years later I am back on this rebuild. The last 4 years have had a lot happen. We started helping rehab my son's house. That was supposed to be a two month project. He bailed on the house and left me with a full year of rehab, alone. We sold the house and on the last day my wife fell on ice in the back yard and broke her nose. Emergency room trip was taking a long time. She is a nurse and said they found an "incidental." Sure enough the nurse came back and said the doctor needed to talk with us. They said they found a brain tumor and said we needed a specialist. the specialist was surprised she had no symptom as the tumor was the size of a lemon. It required immediate surgery. I told my wife some angel tripped her in the back yard so we would end up in the emergency room, because the doctor told us we caught it just in time. A short while later and it would be inoperable. So, benign and two years recovering she is going to start driving again in May. So she seems to have fully recovered. God is good. In the meantime I realized how short life can be and bought a 19' Escape trailer (hey it is fiberglass). We have been traveling in it and love our escape. Then 3 weeks ago I bought a 1990 Toyota Sunrader(It's fiberglass too). The escape needs nothing the Sunrader is goin to need work. So, I am back at the Burro to wrap it up. I apologize to anyone paying attention as this thread just seemed to just stop. But I am back!! I will post some updates with a few pictures in the next few days. I still do not understand how someone can have brain tumor the size of lemon and not know it. It is our miracle and we are grateful. Thanks for your patience.
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Old 04-24-2018, 05:21 AM   #61
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Jim,
I "just happened to" check your build thread this morning. What a time you've had!
Glad to hear of the timely "incidental", and your wife's returning to health. I agree, that God is good.
Happy Camping!
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:53 AM   #62
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what a story

i cannot believe anyone could go through this makes my stuff look so small.

Blessings on you and your family

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Old 04-24-2018, 10:33 AM   #63
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I can relate... for the last 18 months I've been dealing with the passing of my father and extended illness leading to disability of my mother. I've been pretty much sole care giver. The result of this situation is a dirty, neglected, unfinished Burro in the driveway in front of my house, unmoved since last Fall.

Mom is now in Residential Senior Care and my part-time teaching job wraps up next week, so I'm hoping to jump back in on my Burro then. The downside of working on it is that as a bachelor used to roughing it, I was able to get it functional and had little to no inspiration to go farther.

I want a working gas hook-up to the stove with a stubbed off connector in case I decide to go with a propane fridge; then all of my DC electrics (both for road lights and internal illumination) and adjusting the door hinges and lock and I'll be solid. Pretty curtains and carpet on the roof along with other little details, and I'll be good to go!

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Old 04-25-2018, 07:21 AM   #64
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I am just starting the gas. I decided to put in a stove and a catalytic heater. The heater is going to be removable for summer time to give room. I found a propane quick disconnect that I Plan to put in the "stubbed" off end for the heater. This way when I want ot put the heater in I just connect it like you would an air tool to an air hose. The connector similar to this one from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Propane...GJYGGCSD4XGPBT

I did not buy it on amazon but it looks to be the same connector. I liked it because it has a shut off. That may work for you Froggie and make it easy to add in later.
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