12 gauge is harder to work with, especially in smaller boxes. If your circuit is 15 amps, use 14/2 and you will be a much happier camper...
haha Unfortunately, it's a little late for that! I already ran new 12/2 wiring throughout the whole camper and the skin, drip rails, etc are back on, so there's no going back.
Couldn't agree with you more on the difficulty of working with the 12 gauge wires, I had no idea until I got in there and started trying to bend it. ugh I may just have to put a j-box between the outlet and the fixture (it's on the shelf, so you can't really see it) so that I can pigtail the wires from the outlet to the j-box and only have one set of wires inside the outlet box.
Post by pathfinder3081 on Aug 24, 2014 11:43:03 GMT -8
Glad to hear you are getting closer to completion there Jannica..I am in agreement, as you are as well, bring plenty of wire to the party, running out late in the day is no fun. There is nothing like falling short when your trying to pull it all together. Though the 12ga is a bit stiff, well it is what it is. I am going to trim out 2 circuts with some 10 gauge to avoid buying some more 12 gauge. (lol) I am going to designate the plugs and circuts as my "heater" plug and the "lets plug in the guitar amps" exterior plug. Other than being a pain to bend and connect that is the only harm I see. But again, I might be wrong..
Good to see your feedback in "71 shasta loflyte upgrade".. run with it.
The absolute two things to check first is tongue weight and tire air pressure if you notice your trailer waging, squirming, or swaying, which ever word you wish to call it. These are not the only thing to cause the problem but they are the two most likely. Please don't try to correct a problem by adding a sway bar. There is nothing wrong with a sway bar but use it for what it is designed for, not to correct a problem. Your families lives depend on it. I have seen these little trailers turn a big truck over not even thinking what they can do to a car, tow safe and arrive alive. I have towed trailers all over the U.S. and Canada for over a half century without a mishap so I know they are safe if everything is right, but I have seen other people have some terrible accidents and I don't want to see it happen to any of you. I know this is a little heavy but it is a very serious subject.
Post by pathfinder3081 on Apr 2, 2015 14:26:29 GMT -8
Finishing up the Toaster! I'm getting everything up and ready for the new camping year here in th NC.. I wanted to complete this chapter in my story by installing the other 20 amp outlet and riggin' out my exterior plug. First of all I wanted to use a CFI circut here and have everthing as if it was a kitchen or bath outlet.. safe safe? Perhaps but I installed two different plugs and I could not get them to work.. strange.. so I ditch that idea and went with a traditional run. I got the hole cut and went with a piece of 2X4 backing and anchor it out solid to the floor with some wood screws.
Next I finish off the face and worked to the rear. After running the No. 12 from the breaker box to the new outlet I then wanted to keep going to the rear exterior plug. (I need a new start and seperate wire to actuate a CFI circut in line... I was set up for that but ditched it) Anyhow, I was short some wire and had to splice it. "ALWAYS CONNECT IN A BOX".. never just wired them together and wrap them up in tape.. Boxes are cheap and as I had one on hand I spliced the wire in leau of buying more Romex wire $$$.
I went through the floor with my new connection. The box, the plug and its cover are the traditional exterior set ups. I drilled a couple of holes in the caseing and anchored it to a piece of treated 5/4. This helps me space it down a bit where it's at a good level to reach it and open its covers. I bolted it thru the floor with three 1/4 inch bolts.
I am going to run a strip of duct tape over the 12ga wire to help me not to snag it. I don't load her trunk up with much anyway.
And that's a wrap! I have everything that i wanted on her now. SHort of a trunk light on the 12 volt circut I am done.
I really wish photo bucket hadn't ruined all the great content like this one. Is there any fix? I could really use the info from this. You know what a picture is worth.
I am sorry that you cannot view the pictures. I looked on my computer to see if I had a file of this fix, but do not. I'll look on some flash drives at home and see what I can find and frwd it. I did copy and print all of this stuff and have it in my "Restoration Notes and Rally" folder but that is not much help here. It's sux too, I was kinda proud of my work on this one. It had a lot of views..