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Old 02-10-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Shop in Oregon to replace electrical

My scamp remodel/restoration is underway and I have just realized that the wiring (probably not updated from 1978) needs a lot of work. It would probably be best just to have the whole thing looked at by a professional and completely rewired so that I am sure the tail lights aren't going to give out on me halfway through a trip.
I live in Eugene, Oregon and have no idea where I should go to have someone look at it.
A used rv dealership?
A semi repair shop?
Tow hitch place?
Anyone with recommendations or advice on what will be fairly priced but not a shabby job?
Electrical is not something that I have the time or motivation to figure out so I need to find a professional I can trust.
Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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I'd stay away from a place with high overhead, as this is a simple job that just about any mechanic could do in his garage.


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Old 02-10-2013, 02:57 PM   #3
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This is the kind of situation in which longstanding relationships can really pay off...If you have a trusted mechanic-type person that regularly works on your other vehicles, I'd advise you to ask there. If they won't/can't do it, they'll probably direct you to someone who can.

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Old 02-10-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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My two bits...do a little reading on how to do the wiring. I know you said you don't have the time and motivation, but you might once you see what this is going to cost you.

The wiring is quite simple to do, and in most cases, the wiring on modern lights are color coded to the trailer wiring harness. If you're going to the trouble, I would consider installing LED trailer lights. I've replaced them on every trailer I own, and would never go back to bulbs. I've replaced bulbs fairly often, but only one LED has failed (after it got hit by the tire flying off my pickup, long story).

Around here, most shops are going to be charging upwards of $70/hour to work on it. It wouldn't take too long before it would be as cheap to buy a newer one.

I'm fixing up an old one, so I'm not trying to discourage you against fixing it, just encouraging you to try to do it yourself, if at all possible.

$30-40 will get you all the connectors, a stripper/crimper, and a heatgun to shrink the connectors (I always use marine ones).

I'm also less than impressed by the quality of work by 95% of auto/rv places (although I admit I'm anal about it). I expect marine heatshrink, rubber grommets, rubber coated clamps, wire loom, etc., along the length of the wiring.

If I paid the labor rate around here, I would be into my 1984 camper for well over $10,000 in labor so far...
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:54 PM   #5
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Oregon's a pretty big state Lisa. Where would you generally like to find this electrical assistance? I've got some resources in the Portland area. Send me a PM if you'd like.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:03 PM   #6
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Oregon's a pretty big state Lisa. Where would you generally like to find this electrical assistance? I've got some resources in the Portland area. Send me a PM if you'd like.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:14 PM   #7
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I have occasionally posted ads in the help wanted section of Craigs list for painters, roofers and even a Toyota mechanic. I always require proof of current or recent employment in the trade desired, as well as trade references. It's worked out great and I usually only have to offer 1/3 to 1/2 shop rate to get a skilled and experienced applicant. Most recently I had a complete valve job done by a Toyota certified mechanic. His labor was less than $400, he knew exactly what he was doing and knew a good machine shop to do the head work as well.
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I have occasionally posted ads in the help wanted section of Craigs list for painters, roofers and even a Toyota mechanic. I always require proof of current or recent employment in the trade desired, as well as trade references. It's worked out great and I usually only have to offer 1/3 to 1/2 shop rate to get a skilled and experienced applicant. Most recently I had a complete valve job done by a Toyota certified mechanic. His labor was less than $400, he knew exactly what he was doing and knew a good machine shop to do the head work as well.
Awesome idea. Also ask if any coworkers/friends/etc. could do it. It is really very simple. If a friend had the supplies and a gutted camper, I would do it for beer/pizza.
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Dang. Thanks Jared, I missed THAT. Well, guess Portland stuff is out then.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:23 PM   #10
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members Bob and Adonna and Dennis and Charlene live in Eugene too, perhaps they have recommendations.
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The wiring is quite simple to do, and in most cases, the wiring on modern lights are color coded to the trailer wiring harness. If you're going to the trouble, I would consider installing LED trailer lights. I've replaced them on every trailer I own, and would never go back to bulbs. I've replaced bulbs fairly often, but only one LED has failed (after it got hit by the tire flying off my pickup, long story).

Around here, most shops are going to be charging upwards of $70/hour to work on it. It wouldn't take too long before it would be as cheap to buy a newer one.
LED lights are amazing. I can power my trailer's running lights with an AA battery. (All connections soldered/shrunk/wrapped and covered with tubing) All of my vehicles have LEDs installed when the factory bulbs die. Even my house and shop have LED lighting throughout. The energy savings for a business are stunning.

Only $70.00/hour for electrical? My minimum is $100.00/hour or $90.00/hour for established customers. Even at that, it gets hard to make a profit.
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Well, the $70 ones are in neighborhoods I try to avoid driving through. A good electrical shop in town here (I use them for oil changes in winter when the garage is occuped by a project), charges $90/hour.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:17 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the great info guys! All your advice gave me some great ideas. First of all I am going to ask a friend who offered up her boyfiends help if he can actually lend me a hand. I could even pay him or bake him cookies or something and then I would have a better idea of how to fix little things in the future. If the wiring under the sink is any indication it all needs to be replaced from the tow hitch back. It is a rats nest of corroded wire of all different colors some connected some not. And I have no room for error because I am leaving in April to drive to Alaska and live in this baby for 4 months. All the other projects to do with fiberglassing, carpentry and plumbing I feel I can do myself with proper research but the time it will take me as a novice to do the electrical does not fit into my already full project and work schedule.
If he can't help me then I will ask my trusty car mechanic what to do. Maybe they could do it at the shop or I could talk one of the guys who is good with electrical into coming out to my house for some side work. Or they might have an idea of where else I can look.
Last resort I will turn to Craigslist. I'm no stranger on the sight and often buy and sell thing as well as use the rideshare. I'm a little more weary using a unrecommended stranger but if I check there qualifications, you're right they are most likely going to do a good job and be trustworthy.
In the mean time I will keep poking around the trailer and reading stuff online to see if I can gain enough knowledge to feel comfortable doing it myself.
Thanks again!!
-Lisa
P.s. I have already purchased led lights for inside the trailer and think it is a great idea to get led tail lights as well!
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If you need to save money, I'm not sure why you want LED tail lights. The only time they are in use is when you are hooked up to the the tow vehicle, using the power from the tow. They are pretty, but that's that last thing I'll be doing on my trailer.
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