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Old 10-17-2014, 08:14 AM   #101
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Shore power. I ordered the wrong one the first time, I got a 50A 125V. Which is a 3-wire. 50A RV receptacles are 4-wire. Live and learn.
So, were you able to get a 4 wire recepticle in the same style? If so where? I looked all over and ended up making my own.
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:25 AM   #102
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You can find the RV 50 amp plug on Amazon or E-bay it's termed a Marinco 50 amp, do a google search sometimes you can find one on craigslist as well and maybe an extension cord as well. good to see you kids are back and doing a great job. Seems a little over the top on the electrical panel at 100 amp for a 50 amp hookup
but I don't know how much generator your using.
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:35 PM   #103
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I did find a 4-wire inlet, made by Hubbell, HBL504RI. I ordered mine from amazon. The picture is wrong almost everywhere they can be ordered. They show a round stainless screw-on cover, but I'm almost the "R" stands for rectangular. The actual unit is pictured below. I couldn't find a Marinco unit that was all stainless, so I'm very happy with this guy. Heavy, solid. Feels good to operate. Feels durable.

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Old 10-18-2014, 06:23 AM   #104
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I did find a 4-wire inlet, made by Hubbell, HBL504RI. I ordered mine from amazon. The picture is wrong almost everywhere they can be ordered. They show a round stainless screw-on cover, but I'm almost the "R" stands for rectangular. The actual unit is pictured below. I couldn't find a Marinco unit that was all stainless, so I'm very happy with this guy. Heavy, solid. Feels good to operate. Feels durable.


Thanks for the heads up on this! Put one in my amazon cart directly!

Great job, keep up the good work.

Don't suppose you have a wiring diagram of your different electrical "layers", shore power, gen power, batts etc? I absolutely HATE wiring so anything you could put up would def help wiring newbs like me!
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Old 10-18-2014, 10:18 AM   #105
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I'm working on the bus all weekend, so I'll do a short write up of what I've learned early next week.
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:21 PM   #106
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Love the build, but I am concerned about the use of extension cords as main wiring. Why not use something rated for permanent installation?
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Old 10-18-2014, 11:17 PM   #107
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For having no experience or knowledge of construction and fabrication, the work you guys are doing is top notch! Most professional tradesmen don't do as nice a job you are doing on everything. Your craftsmanship is very impressive and you will have a beautiful, solid rv when you are done!
I guess your wife has parents that support her vision and "alternate" housing choice. That is so cool. My parents are too conservative and would never have understood if I had done what you guys are doing when I was your age. Of course, if I knew then what I know now I would be living in one at this moment. Now I'm trying to "dematerialize" my life which is allot harder after years in the system and with a family.
You can find a hot knife for trimming foam at Harbor Freight. Too late now but maybe someone else can use the input for their project. Tried one at work and it works well but I can't stand the smell of burning foam. Definitely don't let your wife and baby breathe the fumes. You have to be careful because most burning foams/plastics give off a variety of toxic fumes including cyanide. Nasty stuff!
I like the watering trough you're using for the tub/shower. I have been planning my build in my head for several years and plan to do the same thing. You might want to change the kitchen and bath electrical outlets to GFCI type for safety.Just a suggestion.
Keep up the great work. You guys are doing a quality build. Just from the quality and craftsmanship you are showing on your first build, I would say you guys could make a business of doing quality skoolie conversions.
Do you have an estimate on what the final cost of the build will be when you are done? Keep up the good work and keep the pics coming! Awesome job!
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:45 PM   #108
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Love the build, but I am concerned about the use of extension cords as main wiring. Why not use something rated for permanent installation?
Extension cords are used in a lot of Skoolie conversions and what we will be using in ours (10 gauge). The reason is that it is stranded wire. The "permanent stuff" used in housing is solid wire and not suitable for RV applications due to the ability to break from vibration. That being said, I have seen photos of solid wire being used in camper trailers from the factory and imagine it is used in some RV's also.
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:04 PM   #109
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Touche on the Romex, but I was thinking of stranded 12/2 or something similar.

I am sure it will be fine, but it would just make me a bit nervous. I have read several articles on the subject and the main reason is the compound the insulation is made of is not designed for constant use and when opening up the cord, the exposure starts the breakdown of the inner insulation. Also there is no provision for wear or abrasion inside.

Just my 2 cents.

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Old 10-19-2014, 07:09 PM   #110
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I guess your wife has parents that support her vision and "alternate" housing choice. That is so cool. My parents are too conservative and would never have understood if I had done what you guys are doing when I was your age. Of course, if I knew then what I know now I would be living in one at this moment. Now I'm trying to "dematerialize" my life which is allot harder after years in the system and with a family.!

Not to start a fight but I take issue with this statement, I consider myself conservative & I'm all for this type of living, it's the librails that demand you conform to their beliefs & way of thinking
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