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Posted: 06/17/19 06:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, today was the day my dad and I started. By the end of the day we got the AC mounted, new 50amp plug, and the AC side of the power distribution center wired. I ended up buying a new converter and pdc. Also, I'm adding a heat strip in the AC unit, and using a wall thermostat. My goal is to get this to look as close to factory as possible.

Getting the AC up, the easy way...


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I had to modify the original 30amp mouse hole. I added in the new plug about the only way I could. The hole was to large to just use the 50amp plug. I made a bracket on the back and it seems solid.

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Last, is where we stopped for the day. The AC side is wired, got to do the DC side, and put the new converter in. Very glad my dad was an electrical engineer and wired his house. I don't know where to begin with a lot of this.

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I'll be back out in a few days. Hopefully we will be able to finish, if not, it may take an additional half day if everything goes ok.

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Pretty cool


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Acampingwewillgo wrote:

Yep, that would be my way of doing it. Make the current 30 amp Panel a Sub Panel of your new 50 amp panel. Keep it simple....
And to me that seems more complicated.
Only difficult part of going to a 50a panel is pulling the 6/3 romex through any blind or inaccessible areas. Of course same difficulty in pulling 12/2 to the vent for the second A/C circuit.


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Posted: 06/18/19 11:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

midnightsadie wrote:

take out the air vent some are pre wired.


A 30 amp unit likely won't be.


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My dad and I were able to get it all finished up today. Got everything converted over to the 50 amp panel, and got the interior all put back together. Total, my dad and I have 2 solid days working. I've got about $1650 in everything, including swapping over to 50amp, and the new air. The new air conditioner works great, and turns our bedroom into a meat locker in no time.

Here's a few pics. On the power distribution center, the new one was actually smaller than the old one due to the converter not being made into one. I cut down the grill shroud on the old pdc, and used my plastic welder to put it on the new one. I like how it turned out. Thanks for following along.

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Awesome. Nice work

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You won't regret either the cost, or the work.


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jaycocamprs wrote:

You won't regret either the cost, or the work.


Thanks. Can't wait to take it back out. I feel like it's going to be money well spent.

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