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Old 09-24-2020, 12:56 PM   #1
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What are these, wiring.

First pic is in the closet. On/off switch.
Second pic is in top kitchenette cabinet.

Electrical may be a bit above my level of fixing. Seems we only have 110 power now, so trying to figure what this stuff is and what I'll need to gather and contact an electrician.

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Old 09-24-2020, 01:04 PM   #2
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Porch light?
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Old 09-24-2020, 01:10 PM   #3
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No porch light. There wires from the on/off seem to be what is connecting the outlets, thick white wire.
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Old 09-24-2020, 01:15 PM   #4
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That looks like a breaker switch to me. It's 15 amp. Says so on the lever.
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Old 09-24-2020, 01:35 PM   #5
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Looks like creative wiring by some well intentioned previous owner. I would definitely seek out an licensed electrician. While there are others that may have the skills, are you able to make the determination that they do? An electrician will do it right. Good luck.
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Old 09-24-2020, 01:39 PM   #6
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Thanks, Raz. That is likely my only option
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Old 09-24-2020, 01:47 PM   #7
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The cover is missing on the breaker box, but back in the day, that is how Trillium did a 120VAC service, if there was no converter. It would not be a bad idea to replace it with something more modern.
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Old 09-24-2020, 01:51 PM   #8
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Ah yes! It does have a removable metal cover.
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The cover is missing on the breaker box, but back in the day, that is how Trillium did a 120VAC service, if there was no converter. It would not be a bad idea to replace it with something more modern.
Wow! Looks sketchy to me. Maybe it's better in person.
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Wow! Looks sketchy to me. Maybe it's better in person.
It's not better in person at all lol
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A lot of folks are going to tell you you need this and you need that. It depends on your circumstance and the type of camping you wish to do. My Trillium came with a converter. A converter does two things. It provides 12 volts just as a battery does and it has a battery charger. My guess is that most campgrounds where you live have power, so a converter is a good idea. Where I live, most (public) campgrounds don't, so a converter does me little good. In my case a good 12 v. battery is more important. My tow vehicle charges it between campgrounds and I own a battery charger for home. On trailers made today lights, water pump, fans, etc. all run on 12v. Whether you power them using a battery or a converter, they still work the same. For air conditioning and big appliances like a microwave, you need AC.
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Need to have someone who knows this stuff physically look at it. It looks like you might have corrosion and that would need to be addressed if that is the case. Don't know if you need a professional electrician. But you sure need someone who knows this stuff to really look it over for you. And I hope this comes out right, but it appears that you are not someone who knows this stuff enough to be the one figuring it out.

But a good handy may type could at least really tell you what is going on and why.
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thanks it's all being replaced.
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thanks it's all being replaced.
Remember that 110 wiring assume that it will not be moving. And guess what campers move. Make sure you secure it in place extra well.



One hint. There are two types of clamps to fasten romex to a wall. One has one hole and assumes that the one fastening point will be good enough. One is like a u and has two fastening points. Use the version with two. Then generally they come with nails already in them. remove the nails and use similar sized screws. And locktite is your friend.
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Circuit Breaker for 120vac, NEEDS BOX COVER
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The bottom picture is simply a junction box. That style of round box is normally used for overhead lighting fixtures. Both pictures show very poor workmanship.
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The bottom picture is simply a junction box. That style of round box is normally used for overhead lighting fixtures. Both pictures show very poor workmanship.

Well it also looks like corrosion
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Well it also looks like corrosion
I thought it looked pretty good for being 46 years old!

(Not that it looks good)
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:09 PM   #19
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the circular box does seem to go with the light fixture. They're all getting removed in the next week anyways.
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You may not want to simply go back with the same kind of wire. Solid core wire is not good at flex, and if it moves a lot can heat up at the place that it was flexed. This kind of wire is for houses, and they don't move. You may want to go with something that is intended for flex. If you buy a 50' or 100' 12 gauge extension cord, you will have enough wire to do most of the work, and it was made for flex. The other wires look a little like an additional wire was run -- green looks like it was for ground -- and the other may be for a switch. The circuit breaker may have been added at the time of wiring by a previous owner, but if you are going to clean it all up, you can get a small steel breaker box with a couple of circuits that would let you have a lot better control.

Figure out what you need, and if you have friend who understands wiring, then you can put the system together without a lot of expense, but what you really want.

if you go the route of inverter, it gives flexibility later if you want to add the battery later. Just some ideas...
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