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Old 11-19-2015, 02:40 PM   #1
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I need a very basic and very intensive guide on how to do an electrical system in a skoolie. I plan to have all the basic appliances like a fridge, AC, maybe a microwave. But I need to know, in detail, how to set everything up. Down to what kind of wire is recommended. I have no experience with this and I really don't want to mess this up. Thanks!
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Old 11-19-2015, 02:55 PM   #2
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I need a very basic and very intensive guide on how to do an electrical system in a skoolie. I plan to have all the basic appliances like a fridge, AC, maybe a microwave. But I need to know, in detail, how to set everything up. Down to what kind of wire is recommended. I have no experience with this and I really don't want to mess this up. Thanks!
There are quite a few threads about this. I've only got the 120V system in my bus right now, but it's a lot like a house.
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:43 PM   #3
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Start on page one here DC Electric, and here AC Electric and read and take notes
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:52 PM   #4
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If you're just doing 120v AC in your bus go to your neighborhood Home Depot and pick up a DIY book on installing electrical service. You basically wire the bus as an extension circuit of the home or campground electrical system.
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Old 11-20-2015, 06:03 PM   #5
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I would highly suggest against using standard solid wire romex for your 120v wire. There have been quite a few cases of burnt down rigs due to wire fatigue. I know I will get some flack for this comment and people saying they have never had a problem and I'm sure there are plenty of those out there, but.... It can and does happen. I'm going to use stranded wire for everything in my build and play it safe. Solid wire was not made for vibrating installations. I don't say much and I read more than I post but I just had to add my comment on this one due to the safety factor. Just look into it and use your best judgement.
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Roger the stranded over solid for over the road use. Solid copper can easily work harden from constant vibration and crack. That's is why every auto, truck & bus maker on the planet uses stranded.
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99% of people just use solid core romex house wire without a issue.

Most RV's are built with solid core.

Not worth the extra cost \ trouble of stranded wire IMO.

If you drive your bus 100,000 miles a year, go stranded.

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