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Old 11-07-2016, 01:25 PM   #9161
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Ok....the old build a boat in the basement thing.....lol
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:27 PM   #9162
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Spec sheet says 12-22 gauge solid or stranded. I've been using them ever since learning about the product in another thread here.
I'll put that info in my Remember File, if I can find it......thanks
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:28 PM   #9163
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Ok....the old build a boat in the basement thing.....lol
Time for you to get your bedroll, drill motor, etc. back under the trailer and get your axles secured.
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:31 PM   #9164
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I'll put that info in my Remember File, if I can find it......thanks
My trailer came from the factory with those connectors used for the brake wire connections underneath near the axles. They are more secure than wire nuts and a whole lot easier to work with.
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:32 PM   #9165
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:33 PM   #9166
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I wouldn't use those push connectors. Only a small spring contact. MUCH better with wire nuts, IMO.
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:37 PM   #9167
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Ok....the old build a boat in the basement thing.....lol
Yup! Bringing it back in, I found I could have saved myself the broken board by just bringing the slide in slightly (which moved the foot of the bed towards the door and meant I didn't have to wedge/push as hard).

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Old 11-07-2016, 02:36 PM   #9168
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Definitely!...lol
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Old 11-07-2016, 02:50 PM   #9169
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Yes, the wire nuts were in place and tight.
The shorting out was where the cable came through the box connector.

I am not a big fan of using the wire nuts on an RV.... there is just too much vibration to possibly work them loose.
However, what else is there when you have to group 5 or more into one connection ?

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I wasn't concerned about the wire nuts being tight. The fact that they even used wire nuts!
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Old 11-07-2016, 08:32 PM   #9170
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@emm-dee: Those push in style wire connectors are not UL/FM rated for stranded wire
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Old 11-07-2016, 08:38 PM   #9171
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Oh trust me- I keep myself humble! I glued and screwed wood as a butt block to the 2 pieces of plywood for the base and then promptly broke it back apart before I let the glue set. Re-glued it and then apparently didn't center it and it doesn't settle down into the frame of the bed. Not sure how I'm recovering from that just yet.

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Old 11-07-2016, 09:10 PM   #9172
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Yup! Bringing it back in, I found I could have saved myself the broken board by just bringing the slide in slightly (which moved the foot of the bed towards the door and meant I didn't have to wedge/push as hard).

Live and learn.

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Old 11-07-2016, 09:58 PM   #9173
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@emm-dee: Those push in style wire connectors are not UL/FM rated for stranded wire
I can only go by the info on the Home Depot and other sites which state it is UL/CSA compliant and can accept solid or stranded wire (and, stranded is just a bunch of solids in a group). Here's what they say:

For conventional copper and copper dry splices, the Contractors' Choice Blue 5 Port Push-In is a quality connector that will keep splices safe and pass inspection. It is tested per UL and CSA standards as a pressure cable connector, meets the requirements of NEC standards, and is encased by a polycarbonate (PC) flame retardant shell. The Blue 5 Port Push-In is also color coded to meet industry standards for easy identification.

Maximum Wire Capacity
#12 (solid and stranded CU)

Minimum Wire Capacity
#22 (solid and stranded CU)


Then, from Galco supply website:

Specifications
Item Number: 67235
UPC: 719362672359
Brand: King Innovation
Item Category:Terminals
Subcategory: Push-In Connectors
Series: 672
Number of Ports: 5
Wire Gauge Range: 12~22 AWG
Wire Type: Solid Wire;Stranded Wire
Wire Material: Copper
Max Voltage Rating: 600;1,000 Volts
Selling Unit: Box of 50
Color: Blue
Housing Material: Polycarbonate
Max Working Temperature: 221 Degrees F
Approvals: UL
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My Sandpiper has been at dealer one week. My service guy just called with updates. They are going to repair everything on my list plus they found a leaking hydraulic slide ram and are going to replace it. The underbelly is soaked in hydraulic fluid so they are also replacing that. Also got 22 point inspection. So far, so good.
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Old 11-08-2016, 07:01 PM   #9175
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My Sandpiper has been at dealer one week. My service guy just called with updates. They are going to repair everything on my list plus they found a leaking hydraulic slide ram and are going to replace it. The underbelly is soaked in hydraulic fluid so they are also replacing that. Also got 22 point inspection. So far, so good.


Sounds good so far- who's the dealer?
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Old 11-11-2016, 06:05 PM   #9177
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Solar System Idea

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My Project; To install an auxiliary power supply for emergency / boondocks living.

I am starting with location and Wire Routing. I have measured out a lot of the components so that I have the Mounting clearances as the plan comes together,

1) set up my battery box, install sliding battery tray and 6 to 8, 6 vdc batteries.

2) build, recess and install control panel inside RV.

3) Install conduit for wiring. or / and Drill appropriate sized holes for passing thru walls and panels.

4) install Surge Protector System.
4a- install between switch box and main circuit breaker panel
4b- install monitor in new control panel
5) Install Switch-box
5a- install in generator compartment
6) install batteries
6a- parallel - series with main cables connecting to center set of batteries
7) install solar system
7a- install control panel monitor
7b- install solar controller
7c- install 3000 watt inverter and hook to switch box (isolate AC units from solar)
7d- install 4 each panels
8) install (propane) Onan 6kw Generator.
8a- install and hook up propane source.
8b- hook up power to switch box
If you may have any suggestions or you see that I might be forgetting something please let me know.

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How are you isolating the air conditioner from the inverter. On a side note, I own a 2014 Sierra....
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Old 11-11-2016, 06:35 PM   #9179
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Old 11-11-2016, 07:13 PM   #9180
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How are you isolating the air conditioner from the inverter. On a side note, I own a 2014 Sierra....

My idea is to re-wire the AC circuit breakers to a second switch box controlled only by shore power and the generator. this way I don't have to worry about forgetting to turn off the AC circuit breaker prior to going to Solar power. This is my idea of isolating them from overloading my solar system.

Do you have a better idea?
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