Re: [classicrv] Thanks for the warm welcome! next: wiring
- Hi Jim -- I don't have any diagrams and from what I've been able to look at
, most are not what would cover "YOUR" rig. What I have found with the
majority of older RVs is to take one wire at a time,starting with DC, find
what it does, how many times it's been spliced, if it's more than once,
replace it completely or at least from as far as you can to get rid of the
extra splices, sometimes a different route is better. Fuse boxes are cheep
and mount them where they are easy to get to. One wire at a time and you
won't get lost. Different colored wire can get expensive, its never the
right length, use different colored tape, available at most electrical
supply houses, then set up a system --red / blue -- green / yellow --ect.
and make yourself a map. This may take a little time but it will be worth it
in the end. A power converter, to me is a must, with a minimum 12.7 volts
and 20 amp output also I would use "2" batteries, deep cycle Marine-RV, with
an isolator switch, 1-2- both - and off. As for AC I do the same thing, in
the breaker box, color code, i.e. yellow / blue = fridge. ect. - ect. I hope
this helps and if I can be of any further help let me know. Tye -- AKA --
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Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 9:35 PM
Subject: [classicrv] Thanks for the warm welcome! next: wiring
> Hi, I'd like to thank all for the warm welcome! I appreciate the
> advice on tires...I think that buying a set of radials is something we
> need to do before going on any trips. I'll have to see if I can find
> any different sized wheels that'll fit, too, to get away from the
> harder to find 17.5".
> As you can imagine, the wiring on our 75 Travco has been modified
> quite a bit over the years, and has some rather scary areas also. I'm
> kind of curious if anyone has an original manual that might have the
> orignal wiring diagram? I would like the diagram for reference...but
> then I expect to change things to suit myself.
> I am looking for some general advice and info on what the "perfect"
> classic RV wiring system would be like. Would there be two or more
> batteries? A DC-AC inverter? What size? How about charging the
> batteries? Is it worth it to get a couple solar panels?
> The Travco has an Onan 4kw generator, the CCK model, which I
> understand is supposed to be one of the better ones (cast iron).
> Any input welcome...
> Jim Forbes in AZ
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- On the subject of wiring repairs and modifications, here's what I usually do.
All the butt connectors, eye terminals, etc I can find for 10-22 awg sizes
are "solderless" crimp-type connectors. I usually remove the insulation
(throw it away), crimp the wire in the connector, solder it, and put
heat-shrink or black tape on it. I know it's a lot of trouble, but it makes
me feel better about the connections.
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