RV External Wiring
Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:27 AM
I've recently acquired a small RV trailer with the intention of using it as a base station out at the dark sky site (typically Mt Pinos, CA). I'll be imaging most of the time. I'm looking for a good way to run power and USB cables out from the interior to the scope that will be set up nearby.
I've investigated some panel-type connectors but I think the easiest route might be to run a 1.5" or 2" PCV pipe through the wall of the RV with appropriate amounts of silicon sealer and simply run cables through, capping it off with a threaded end-cap when not in use.
Does anyone have any words of wisdom or lessons learned with regards to running cables out of an RV? Thanks in advance!
Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:33 AM
Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:57 AM
Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:18 AM
Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:30 PM
You could do the same through the wall with a single elbow. But I agree with others, if you can bring the cables out through a storage compartment or the floor, it will be more weather-proof and unseen. You could put PVC through the floor and cap it when not in use.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:47 AM
Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:06 PM
I like the idea of using one of the cargo doors and putting in a "patch panel" but the only external door on the trailer is at the opposite end from the table.
At this point, I'm leaning towards a 2" PVC port (room for connectors, etc) with an elbow going from under the table, through the seat box and out the floor with a threaded end for a cap when not in use.
Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:59 AM
Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:43 AM
I got to try it out last week and it works great. I also drilled a 2” hole in my table and fit a desk-grommet in it so that laptop cables can go straight across the table and down to the exit port without danger of catching my feet on them.