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Old 03-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #239
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"New is nice but it comes with a price."

It's only money!
AND, you can't take it with you. Spend your kids inheritance. They won't appreciate it as much as you do.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:53 AM   #240
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Well, I've been working on it, but nothing interesting. I'll bore you with pictures, anyway.

I have most of the 110 AC side rewired. The only old wire left is the one running to the air conditioner, and the fluorescent light (behind the wall covering, can't replace them). The rest is new 12ga wire.

I ended up replacing all the outlet boxes also, as most were broken out, and didn't support the wire. You can see an example of the old box on the counter here. I used old work boxes to replace all of them.



New fridge outlet:



This one will allow me to plug an extra electric heater in (you can see the bracket for it on the shower wall), and I can also plug my phone in at night and put it in the cabinet above the bed. If I put a tv in, it will use this outlet, also.



New bench outlets:





I modified the water heater support to fit the PD4045 converter under it, and cut out some of the fiberglass on the cabinet. I wanted to mount it upside down for more fan clearance, but they said that could create problems with heat, somehow. It will still have enough clearance this way. I'm also wiring the 12v side through a 6 pole trailer connector. If I need to pull the converter for room to work later, this will make things much easier. I left room to install 2, but don't think I will need the second one.





I still need to get a junction box and another outlet and box setup to put one on the front of the couch.

In addition to 30 amp service, I now have all the circuits separated.

1 - Main breaker
2 - Outside outlets
3 - L/H Dinette outlet
4 - Fridge/110v light/R/H Dinette outlet
5 - Air Conditioner
6 - Water Heater
7 - Bunk and couch outlet

The water heater isn't wired in yet, I'm waiting on a custom matching engraved brushed aluminum 12v Water pump and 120v Water heater switch panel with green LED's.

I also installed a master switch for the 12v lights. So far, I usually have all of them except the bunk lights on at once, and I hate running around to turn them all on and off. Now I can do it with one switch.



I also had to take the furnace out to run the wiring, and also to do the new water lines later.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:26 AM   #241
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"The water heater isn't wired in yet, I'm waiting on a custom matching engraved brushed aluminum 12v Water pump and 120v Water heater switch panel with green LED's."

Nice, I need to replace my pump switch as it somehow got in the way when I removed the cabinets.

As usual damn nice work!
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:35 AM   #242
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Good to get pictures. My cabinet beside the frig. was cut out at the bottom and I was not sure if it was suppose to be like that. Yours look just like mine.
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Check all you water fittings on your water heater, hate to see a leak ruin your new converter.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:56 AM   #244
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I see you're a member of the ground-up school when it comes to outlet orientation, Jared!
This was a subject of much discussion between My Beloved and me during our major building phase...

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Old 03-12-2013, 05:50 AM   #245
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I see you're a member of the ground-up school when it comes to outlet orientation, Jared!
This was a subject of much discussion between My Beloved and me during our major building phase...

Francesca
Yep! My dad does it the other way, who knows. The NEC doesn't require them to be one way, except in hospitals, which is ground up.

I put the bench outlet in. I also ended up switching to light almond outlets with chrome trim, the others will go in my house. They just didn't go with the 50's theme to me.



Junction box:











I just need to hook up the wire for the bunk/bench outlets to the converter, and the ac side will be done (until the water heater panel shows up).

The electrical inspector:



She loves the camper, she gets pissy when it's time to go back to the house.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:03 AM   #246
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Looking good! Are you running some of the wires under the rig?
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:17 AM   #247
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No, it's all inside. It's a time consuming pain, but oh well. I haven't tacked the wires down, because it's nice to move them around at the moment. When everything else is done, I'll staple them.

The 12V side will be interesting, there are 4-5 wires on the converter, no idea what they're for. I think I'll do it the redneck way, power everything up, then start cutting wires and see what quits.

The battery is also shot, I think. I haven't put my load tester on it yet, but the lights are very dim when the converter is off. It sat outside in the driveway for part of winter, then it's been hooked up with that old converter running 24/7 overcharging it. I kind of expected it, I wasn't going to buy a new one until the new converter was all up and running, no point killing a new battery. I might do twin batteries if there's time.

This coming weekend is supposed to be beautiful out. I'm hoping to tack weld in the floor supports, the new crossmember, pull the floor, finish weld all of it, por-15 the exposed frame, put the wood down with some adhesive to keep it off the frame, and fiberglass it in...hopefully I can get that done in 3 days.

The new crossmember will make room for the new gray water tank. I need to do some measuring, and make a drawing to show them where to install the fittings for me. This is the gray water tank I'm using: 42 x 32 x 10-1/2 Holding Tank 50 Gallon 15-H472
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:25 AM   #248
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You've done a ton to that thing it should be better than new. I'm betting you're looking forward to that first trip? Where are you going?
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:28 AM   #249
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You've done a ton to that thing it should be better than new. I'm betting you're looking forward to that first trip? Where are you going?
William O'Brien State Park: Minnesota DNR

I'm hoping to get it done in time to get it out for one weekend before that, we'll see. I probably won't have the propane tanks, though. They're in Minnesota.
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Just use one of your old tanks or steal one from the bbq for the weekend.

You can always camp in your yard to try it out. Have you slept in it yet?

O'Brian looks like a nice place, what are you going to be doing there?
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Yeah, I think my grill has a new style tank, I haven't looked yet. I'm pretty sure I just exchanged it last year, so it should be.

I haven't slept in it yet. I would like to try it out, but I have to get it back together somewhat first, too much junk all over the place. I still have to replace the bunk carpeting, too. I haven't decided if I'm doing vinyl or new carpet up there.

I also need to get door sizes to dad so he can start making them, and go get paint matched. So much to do, so little time.

Other than the exterior, it will be better than new in every aspect. Better electrical, better water system, upholstery, and better looking inside (IMHO).

For the bathroom door, I'm trying to find that old 50's style swinging diner door diamond pattern polished metal to put on it, along with a fake window.
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Get some stainless look contact paper and trim it out so it stays put. Then maybe use a piece of mirror as your window and frame it in. The mirror would then have a dual purpose.
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