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Sunday, July 1, 2012

1966 Airstream Caravel 17' Renovation Phase III - Electrical wiring

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Phase III of our Airstream renovation is all about wiring.

Over the past three months, I've spent a few hours every week pulling cables all through the inside of our Airstream. I first duct taped, some of the wires to the inside of the outer skin and then realized that all wires needed to be tightly fastened to the outer skin at least every two feet. Since I'm a geek, I installed way more cables than I think I should ever need, because this is my last chance to run cables before adding many layers of material between the outer skin and inner walls.

Approximate lengths and types of cables installed

  • 150 feet of Romex 14/3 NM-B cable - each conductor is 14 gauge and rated to 600 volts max.
  • 100 feet 16/2 Auto Zip Cord - Two stranded copper conductors rated to 300 volts max.
  • 25 feet 12/7 Trailer Wire - Seven color coded bonded stranded conductors.
  • 50 feet HDMI w/ Ethernet - Two runs for sharing video between front and back.
  • 400 feet 12/2 Speaker Wire - 7.1 Surround Sound in Front, Rear and the outside patio
  • 500 feet RG6 Quad Shield Coax - Fifteen coaxial cables for antennas and video feeds
  • 200 feet Unshielded CAT5 - Can be used for 100 mbps network, cameras, USB, etc.
  • 100 feet shielded CAT5 - Can be use for 1 gbps network conections

Planned connections at the service doors

  • Passenger Side Service Door - 7 RG6, 7 12/2 Speaker, 3 12/2 12v, 4 CAT5, 1 14/3 Romex
  • Driver Side Service Door - 1 14/3 Shore Power, 2 RG6, 1 Shielded CAT5, will add more.

This phase of the renovation probably took about 30-40 hours to complete. Yes! 30-40 hours!