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Old 04-23-2019, 12:24 PM   #1
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Looking for Portland/Salem area electrical install

Hi Skoolies!

I'm looking for someone to do the electrical installation on my bus in the Salem, or Portland OR area (or, I suppose, anywhere in between).

While I think I *could* figure it out myself, I'm only able to work on it on the weekends right now and I would rather it be moving along at a better pace.

Can anyone point me to qualified help? Local electricians won't even look at such an unconventional build.

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Old 04-23-2019, 01:30 PM   #2
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What amount of electrical work are you talking about. solar? simple battery setup with shore power? 110v? 12v? inverters? I am not sure of anyone. I know the build can be slow. I usually only get 1 day a week to work on my bus. It has been painfully slow. I got it a year ago. My family just booked a beach trip and I requested to stay home that weekend so I can work on the bus. Last weekend was shot because I had to work OT on Saturday. Sunday was Easter so I was busy with the kiddos in the morning then the wife made me go car shopping as we bought a new Honda. I need bus time!
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Old 04-23-2019, 01:37 PM   #3
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What amount of electrical work are you talking about. solar? simple battery setup with shore power? 110v? 12v? inverters? I am not sure of anyone. I know the build can be slow. I usually only get 1 day a week to work on my bus. It has been painfully slow. I got it a year ago. My family just booked a beach trip and I requested to stay home that weekend so I can work on the bus. Last weekend was shot because I had to work OT on Saturday. Sunday was Easter so I was busy with the kiddos in the morning then the wife made me go car shopping as we bought a new Honda. I need bus time!
12V and 110V, lithium batteries, inverter to run regular fridge and charge my laptop. Pretty simple. No solar for now - I just want to get it up and running asap.

But if you're not sure of anyone, it doesn't matter much about the details, does it? ;)
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12V and 110V, lithium batteries, inverter to run regular fridge and charge my laptop. Pretty simple. No solar for now - I just want to get it up and running asap.

But if you're not sure of anyone, it doesn't matter much about the details, does it? ;)
Probably not immediately relevant, but possibly good gouge for a qualified someone who meanders thru the thread later on...
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If it were simple enough, was hoping to encourage you to do the work yourself with guidance and encouragement from the forum to save you a few bucks if you were unable to find someone!!!
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:28 PM   #6
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If it were simple enough, was hoping to encourage you to do the work yourself with guidance and encouragement from the forum to save you a few bucks if you were unable to find someone!!!

Thank you. I am reasonably sure that I could do it myself. It's an issue of time. I need the bus finished asap, but I run my own business and it's nuts right now. I can only work on the bus on the weekends, I haven't had a single day off in two months and I'm exhausted. It makes more sense to pay someone else to do the work (most likely faster and better than I could) during the five week days I can't be out there.
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How did the search go? I'm looking for someone to do the same thing you were looking for in the Portland area.
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Old 08-16-2020, 11:51 AM   #8
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I wasn't able to find anyone willing to work on a bus and ended up selling that bus before I really got into the nitty-gritty of the electrics.


I hear there are a lot of knowledgeble folk at https://www.greenanchorspdx.com/ though and I know at least one skoolie owner doing her build there. Might be a good place to ask!
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How did the search go? I'm looking for someone to do the same thing you were looking for in the Portland area.

You may want to look into AM solar, I believe they are down in Eugene, not sure what all they do but they seem to cater to vehicle based systems for the semi-DIY and not-so-DIY crowd.
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