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Old 08-29-2014, 08:05 PM   #21
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Re: Searching for the nebuchadnezzar

Thanks for the info guys, I'm in North Branford in CT not far from New Haven. The travel trailer that I looked at this afternoon didn't have much to offer the converter/ charger was old technology, hot water heater didn't work and the guy wasn't so sure about the rest of the stuff.
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:02 PM   #22
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Another note regarding the travel trailer that I looked at: The owner had the interior ceiling off and I got to see first hand why skoolies are so much better, 2x2 wood construction and cardboard, pretty scary.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:54 AM   #23
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I've been thinking (I do a lot of that) I may just buy that travel trailer after all. There is some stuff that I can utilize but more importantly I can learn about RV wiring by taking stuff apart, for me I think it will be money well spent, your thoughts?
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:06 PM   #24
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Re: Searching for the nebuchadnezzar

Buying the travel trailer is a choice only you can make. Whether it be a good one or not isn't up to someone else. Wiring in a travel trailer is not the same as most people use in a skoolie. There are several threads in here where people will debate types of wire to use for fear of breaks in the lines which would/could cause shorts or fire. I have regular 10/2 wire in mine for the ac's and 12/2 for the outlets. whatever you do with wiring just be sure to secure it firmly so it can't shake around, and ALWAYS use grommets or rubber tubing wherever you have to run the lines through metal.

Not an expert electrician, but I hope it helps.


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Old 09-01-2014, 01:14 PM   #25
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Thank you I've been reading a book on RV wiring with wire gauge recommendations based on distances from batteries and such. What i'm not familiar is converter wiring 12v vs. 120v so this should clear up some questions, I would never re-use wiring.
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Re: Searching for the nebuchadnezzar

I would not buy a trailer to learn how it should be done

decide what you want such as:

cooking? in bus or out?

gas burner or electric eye?

ac while stopped? yes or no...decide on Ac unit for you a "new" roof top unit...$$$$600 plus easy or a 5K or 8K etc window residential unit?

what do you want?

it is a brutal image....follow the jones...or say %$#^ them and go skoolie

make a list over the next week...of what you want to:

cook (seriously this one is an absolute beotch...we eat on the road as we eat at home)
(reason behind...2-700wt electric burners, 1 propane burner (used for boils or huge pots of beans etc, and pasta when a pound or more is needed), small gas grill, large charcoal grill, and the rotiseerie kicks azz when birds need cooking)
dont limit what you want v/s need!!

watch (birds, lions and ooohhh my...or an hour of tv before bed...humming bird feeders kick azz)

wear (clean and carry extra...or wash and dry on spot....outside Old Skool is cool...just answer question)

water works (ie: dishes, shower, bath or poop)

we go and basically act and prep/do as everyday folks....we dont give a flip(new word for me) :mregreen:

the "jones' like us and visit....poor jones....we don "IT" on a bidget....they just buy more SHIAT...
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.gotta fill glas and hit he....grill/stove////its fixin to be dinner time...c-ya'll
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:48 PM   #27
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I would not buy a trailer to learn how it should be done
TRUTH. Buy a trailer to learn how it should NOT be done.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:29 PM   #28
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Thanks guys.
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Go online and see if you have a Copart auction yard near you. They sell mostly Insurance salvage vehicles and RVs. You can bid on them in most states without being a dealer. And I have bought several Rvs out here in the west at very good prices, so if you can score a wrecked RV back there and then use components from it for your build it can save you lots of coin!

I believe there is a Copart auction yard in Hartford, Ct.
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Thanks again all for your advise, scrapped the travel trailer for parts idea. Question: any recommendations for a converter/ charger?
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