Desert Dawg - Electrical
Once again it's time to do some electrical work. The electrical system in the trailer is pretty straight forward with only 12 volts to worry about. Still I need to install the AM/FM/CD player and its speakers. I also need to install the 12 volt outlets so I can plug in a portable DVD player or a laptop computer. Lastly, I want to have a place to mount my XM radio so I can listen to music regardless of how remote my campsite is. Did I mention that I LOVE my XM radio?
One of the things I have been thinking about is how to mount the radio antenna. Then it occurred to me that I also have a magnetic XM radio antenna to mount somewhere on the top of camper. Along the line somewhere I came up with the idea for a roof mounted bracket to hold both antennas.
March 3-4, 2007
I want complete the interior electrical today. That means finishing up the radio and 12v electrical outlets. None of this is difficult work but it does require a bit of attention to detail. I hope I'm awake enough to pay attention.
All of the speaker wires are soldered and have heat shrink tubing to keep them from shorting out. I always solder wires that go in a moving vehicle. Some folks use the little wire nuts that come with the speakers. I throw them in the trash. I also use heat shrink tubing to insulate the joint. Out here in the desert, the heat often causes the tape adhesive to come loose. When you use heat shrink tubing, remember to slide it on the wire before you solder the wires together!
In looking at the radio installation I wish I would have prewired for the speakers like I did for the electrical. I didn't originally plan for speakers in the galley and a radio in the cabin so it looks like an "add on" rather than a built-in. Now if I just had doors one the cabinets no one would see the wiring.... Hmmmm?