May 7, 2017- Fletch (Bill Fletcher) has sent over this photo update today to show how they have upgraded the fuse box to a more modern system and also cleaned up and provided some safety and order to the wiring that goes to the inverter box which is under our curbside dinette bench storage.
We had previously experienced some problems with the fuse box (old glass fuses) blowing really when they should not have. Also, the location of the fuse box was on the front wall of the interior of the rig, just to right of center. This location was fine when the rig was new and it had a jack knife or pull out sofa covering it. Since the front of these rigs, like Airstreams are bowed, and the manufacturers used to build a little shelf at just under front window height with under-storage and so the sofa back could be folded down and access to the fuse box was easy, but when the sofa was used on a regular basis the fuse box was safely hidden (in other words…away from little grandson’s curious hands and eyes). Since this was no longer the case– our rig’s former owner had removed the sofa and put in a custom built dinette with two benches. The fuse box now was completely exposed, ugly and unsafe.
We had hoped that Fletch would be able to have enough wire and a clear path between the wallboard and exterior of rig to snake all the lines to underneath the dinette bench and completely relocate a new fuse box under the bench. Not to be. Avion’s are so well constructed there are steel braces, sprayed in solid foam insulation and other supports that prevented him from getting a straight shot. So we opted for retaining the same location, but a wood box cover would be made to install over the top. (see below)
We not only wanted a more modern fuse system, but that area had to be secured and look better since now it is visible (….and remember those curious grandkids….)
So here is his carpenter, EJ’s handiwork, a great upgrade and custom made cover which we will stain to match other woodwork or paint. I have not decided quite yet.