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Old 07-16-2019, 10:35 AM   #1
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Finding and Hiring an Electrician Advice and what to expect?

I will soon begin converting a 2007 Chevy Thomas short bus. Planning to do most of the work myself (with the help of family/friends), but would like to hire an electrician. The system will rely primarily on solar; will also charge while driving, and will have the option for shore power.

From my research, I have a basic understanding of how much energy I'll use, along with the parts needed. I also have diagrams of where everything will go in the bus. I'd like to hire an electrician to wire everything.

What's the best way to find an electrician? I would like to pay someone a fair price for their work...but I don't have a huge budget, so I'd prefer to work directly with an individual, as opposed to a company. Will any standard, licensed electrician understand this project? Or should I look for someone specifically with RV/conversion experience? Any personal recommendations, or advice on where to find someone qualified?
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Old 07-16-2019, 11:32 AM   #2
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I will soon begin converting a 2007 Chevy Thomas short bus. Planning to do most of the work myself (with the help of family/friends), but would like to hire an electrician. The system will rely primarily on solar; will also charge while driving, and will have the option for shore power.

From my research, I have a basic understanding of how much energy I'll use, along with the parts needed. I also have diagrams of where everything will go in the bus. I'd like to hire an electrician to wire everything.

What's the best way to find an electrician? I would like to pay someone a fair price for their work...but I don't have a huge budget, so I'd prefer to work directly with an individual, as opposed to a company. Will any standard, licensed electrician understand this project? Or should I look for someone specifically with RV/conversion experience? Any personal recommendations, or advice on where to find someone qualified?



Welcome and a wise decision if you have little background and or practical experience in wiring of any kind.
You should fill profile details out so we know location etc. There are several members here that can advise and maybe build this for you.


"Will any standard, licensed electrician understand this project? Or should I look for someone specifically with RV/conversion experience? Any personal recommendations, or advice on where to find someone qualified?"


I doubt just any licensed electrician knows a whole lot about solar installations specifically but there are some. Times have changed so maybe it is part of the training now days.
Many here know more that aren't electricians.
Reading a print is one thing but to install that physically is a whole other matter. That is where experience is needed for layout and connection of equipment and cables comes in. Expensive parts to mess up because of lack of knowledge but some think they can apparently.
In your case without a lot of understanding I would definitely go the professional route.

In any case read all you can and ask any questions here.
I would also go alternating current for sure, not as an option. So much easier at this stage of your build. Just do a layout diagram of what you might want to include and the rest should fall into place.


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Old 07-16-2019, 11:57 AM   #3
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Wiring a bus is a weird critter because of the combination of AC, DC, solar and automotive electrical systems. The most experienced electrician you will find for this is one that services RVs. Not to say that a high voltage electrician wouldn’t take it on as a novel project and do a fine job.
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Old 07-16-2019, 12:24 PM   #4
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I'm looking for the same. Ran a CL ad and haven't really gotten a response other than a girl, who after I explained I moved lights and need to decipher which wires go where. Her response was "have you considered a toggle switch?". WTF, thanks for the offer, but I think I'll do better by myself. There was a mobile elctric guy in Atl years ago, like $60/hr, he would fix any elctircal issues. Hard to find one like that now. I have my local wrecker guy coming today to try and get them running.
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:53 PM   #5
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The electrical was my favorite part of the build on my bus.

A bus conversion has a lot of unique challenges. It is part vehicle, part house, part off-grid cabin.

There are people that know all of it, but if not, break the job up by area of expertise.
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