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Old 11-11-2022, 04:33 PM   #1
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Question Old Switch Panel Removal!

Hi fellow school bus owners,

Iím currently removing the old switch panel above my dashboard and also happen to know nothing about electrical wiring lol. I clipped and capped the wires for the old illegal flasher lights and used electric tape to seal the job. So what Iím wondering now is, do I need to tape over these plugs that hold the wires (sorry, I have no idea what the name is). Or am I able to just leave them as they are and hide them away? I taped over one already but itís definitely a slow process.

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Old 11-11-2022, 04:41 PM   #2
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are you planning on re using them?
if so then you should be fine leaving them uncovered.
if you are going to bury them then at a minimum i would tape them up.
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Old 11-11-2022, 04:44 PM   #3
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Not planning on using them, just wanna put them away and never see them again lol. Alright, I’ll start taping! Thank you!
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Old 11-11-2022, 04:47 PM   #4
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you sure you dont need some of those switches and associated wires?
one of my buses has some wires interconnected so the switch panel power feeds other things as well as the switches.
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Old 11-11-2022, 06:04 PM   #5
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Yea, I don’t think I’ll need any of them. Only wiring I’m planning on keeping is for the necessary lights and to connect to my secondary battery for DC charging while I drive.
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Old 11-11-2022, 10:06 PM   #6
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i would save the covering that area up until you have to?
there are alot of powered wires and switches there that can be re purposed and you might find things you need to have.
have you traced each wire back to its actual purpose?
in the process it could show you already usable wire from front to back that you could use.
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1st. Fill in your member profile so we have know what bus you have...that way, maybe someone with a similar bus can answer things like having switches that provide power to other things.
I'd label everything, that way, if you need to reattach anything it won't be too difficult.
And finally, very important, start the bus each time you delete, disconnect or remove electrical stuff. There are safety interlocks that if improperly disconnected, will prevent the bus from starting.
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Old 11-12-2022, 08:27 AM   #8
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I left all the wiring.. and have since uncovered and used some of the wires.. it was nice having wires that ran from the front all the way to the back of the bus... so i wouldnt get rid of the wires themselves.. i would find the power feeds and pull the fuses so you dont have any power feeding up there you arent using..
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Old 11-14-2022, 08:22 PM   #9
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Okay thanks, yea i’m not getting rid of anything. Just wanted to remove that old panel so i could take down the large fiberglass piece hanging above the dash.
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