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Old 07-01-2018, 09:12 PM   #1
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Electrical wires on overhead cabinet

Does anyone know where the electrical wires leading to the captain's lights on the overhead cabinet over the bed in the 21' are? We want to drill in two small brackets on the bottom of the overhead cabinet and Dirk was wondering if the wires run through the cabinet or if they're tucked under the vinyl, against the wall.


The brackets would be appx 6" in from each end and one or two screws appx 1" and 2" in from the wall.


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Does anyone know where the electrical wires leading to the captain's lights on the overhead cabinet over the bed in the 21' are?
Sure!

Pic 1 shows the passenger side wires going from the lamp to the vinyl at the top front edge of the cabinet.

Pic 2 shows the driver side wires going from the lamp to the vinyl at the top front edge of the cabinet.

From there, I haven't traced it but I'm fairly sure it goes into the corner of the overhead cabinet and then down the corner vinyl cover to the front drivers side of the bed. Pic 3 shows the wires going up to the overhead cabinet.

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We want to drill in two small brackets on the bottom of the overhead cabinet and Dirk was wondering if the wires run through the cabinet or if they're tucked under the vinyl, against the wall.


The brackets would be appx 6" in from each end and one or two screws appx 1" and 2" in from the wall.


Thanks much!
You might want Dirk to make sure there is something there to drill into. The cabinets are just wood frames with thin lauan wood facings. Most of that solid looking wood is actually hollow.
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Old 07-02-2018, 12:05 AM   #3
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yeah, anything you want to secure to the lauan stuff, you need a backing plate as its hardly thicker than a corrogated cardboard box.

I've made backing plates from 1/4 hobby/model plywood, for instance...

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John,
Those are some major thick wires there, what are they for? They appear to be thicker than the 30 amp orange electric supply wire shown.
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Those are some major thick wires there, what are they for? They appear to be thicker than the 30 amp orange electric supply wire shown.
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Thanks for the photos and information guys. Dirk looked them over last night. We might be doing something different as that thin piece of wood had even me concerned about putting something under it.
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Those are some major thick wires there, what are they for? They appear to be thicker than the 30 amp orange electric supply wire shown.
thats Marine 12/2 ... 12AWG is probably overkill for the 2' long run, but I fused those two circuits for 30A and the powerpole connectors are rated for 30A. And I have a 50 ft roll of marine 12/2. The primary intended use for the powerpole sockets is to plug things like a portable AC inverter in, charging external batteries, etc.
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Thank you, thank you, Laura! Your post reminded me that I've been meaning to dig out my dial caliper and get an accurate measurement of the thickness of the paneling I cut out to add a second cabinet door under the bed of our 21'. While digging around in the cabinet, I found a set of padlock keys I've been looking for for years! Now I can finally open that old electric breaker box on a piece of property we're about to sell! You have my undying gratitude for asking about the wiring to your captain lights!
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Thank you, thank you, Laura! Your post reminded me that I've been meaning to dig out my dial caliper and get an accurate measurement of the thickness of the paneling I cut out to add a second cabinet door under the bed of our 21'. While digging around in the cabinet, I found a set of padlock keys I've been looking for for years! Now I can finally open that old electric breaker box on a piece of property we're about to sell! You have my undying gratitude for asking about the wiring to your captain lights!

Too funny! You're welcome. You don't owe me a beer as it would go to waste with me. But undying gratitude works.



So, what is the thickness? I'd imagine it's the same on all of their cabinets and such.


I ended up sticking up some big Command hooks and we'll see if that works. I added a "curtain" to the front of the bed area as it's too stark for me. This is the 3rd method I've tried to keep it in place. I'm using a spring loaded curtain rod but it won't stay up against the vinyl wall on its own. Nor would the Command hook stay up on that vinyl wall, so now trying it on the underneath of the cabinet and I can pull the curtain directly out if I want to take it down to wash it. I'll pull it down when I travel to keep the bouncing stress off the hooks.
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Too funny! You're welcome. You don't owe me a beer as it would go to waste with me. But undying gratitude works.
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So, what is the thickness? I'd imagine it's the same on all of their cabinets and such. ...
I got so excited about finding the keys, I forgot to measure the paneling! I assume it's all the same, but I'll get back with you on that. I just have to find that scrap of paneling now....
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Too funny! You're welcome. You don't owe me a beer as it would go to waste with me. But undying gratitude works.



So, what is the thickness? I'd imagine it's the same on all of their cabinets and such.


I ended up sticking up some big Command hooks and we'll see if that works. I added a "curtain" to the front of the bed area as it's too stark for me. This is the 3rd method I've tried to keep it in place. I'm using a spring loaded curtain rod but it won't stay up against the vinyl wall on its own. Nor would the Command hook stay up on that vinyl wall, so now trying it on the underneath of the cabinet and I can pull the curtain directly out if I want to take it down to wash it. I'll pull it down when I travel to keep the bouncing stress off the hooks.
Very easy to do . I think someone already mentioned .just add a back board so there is something substantial to screw into . I would stay away unless you can see the framing because Escape puts wiring there at least on ours . Glue with constructive adhesive etc. the extra wood . That 's it Pat
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