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DC Electrics 101 learning resources
Marine-oriented, more rigorous and safety-oriented than usual for most RV/vans. ABYC is the standards org used by insurance companies and surveyors

If you're hiring a pro and have the money to get it done right, head for the nearest boat yards and ask for a good **ABYC certified** marine electrician; research their ratings and follow up on references from past customers.


The Bible: Nigel Calder's "Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual", I think now up to third edition
or anything else by him

"Sailboat Electrics Simplified" by Don Casey.


Not as good as the marine stuff, but beginner oriented:

RV Electrical Systems: A Basic Guide to Troubleshooting, Repairing and Improvement

Bill & Jan Moeller
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I figured I better keep adding notes to this in case I get banned for being abrupt, such a very poor communicator.

Marine stuff continued

MaineSail / CMS is "da man" for deep diving down DC Electrics rabbit holes. Anything he writes, on any of the dozen forums he posts to, is worthy of close study.

Yes friends, at least as much so as with our dear departed SternWake.

His old site

I think is not all transferred yet to

the new one here:

When you've realized for yourself what great value he's given us all, make a donation to help cover his site costs,

"Electrical Systems 101" thread from MaineSail and Stu the mod,5977.0.html
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Full-day lecture course in 6 parts: Basic Marine Electrical
Other specifically recommended books, in addition to Casey and Calder listed above. Apparently Casey is the best to start with, then you move onto Charlie Wing's "Boatowner's Illustrated Wiring Manual".

Then Ed Sherman's "Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems"

Finally you're ready for that aforementioned bible, Nigel Calder's "Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual".

Thread that dives into marine details, some scanned diagrams from ABYC standards docs

Note: boats actually ground ("earth") to the ocean, while land vehicles just "negative return" including engine block and chassis, but not a real ground.

AC stuff on boats
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