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Old 03-06-2005, 04:17 PM   #183
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Aluminim Wire to Copper only Duplex Outlet

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There's a 110v line coming out of the wall that used to go into the Univolt. I want to put an outlet there. Of course I can't find outlets rated for aluminum wire,
Hello Stefrobrts

You can connect copper wire pigtails to the duplex outlet and then connect the pigtails to the aluminum with wire nuts, using some no-ox compound to control oxidation in the aluminum, copper connection. The wire nuts are spring loaded so they expand and contract to any heat changes. This was the official fix for homes with aluminum wiring several years ago.

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Old 03-10-2005, 12:08 AM   #184
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I couldn't find a battery box I liked that wasn't huge, so I bought a dry cell Odyssey battery. It's smaller and doesn't need to be vented. The RV shop we use for repairs have been using them in their own rigs and customer rigs for a couple years and are happy with them, so I splurged.

So here's the trailer tonight. The water system is reinstalled, and some of the furniture has gone back in so I can figure out the best place to mount the new battery and get the 12v hooked up.
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I'm afraid this is going to be expensive

Way to go Stephanie. You are doing a great job. I can only imagine the satisfaction you will have when through.

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I need a square of exterior aluminum, 12 inches square, to cover the old heater exhaust vent so I can install the new one. Does anyone have a scrap piece that big? I hate to go buy a sheet when I only need a little bit.
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Old 03-10-2005, 02:33 PM   #187
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I need a square of exterior aluminum, 12 inches square, to cover the old heater exhaust vent so I can install the new one. Does anyone have a scrap piece that big? I hate to go buy a sheet when I only need a little bit.
Hey Steph!

I have been authorized to gift you some of the extra sheet aluminum from the Vintage Thunder project thanks to Airstream Life. I will send you out a piece early next week. Please get me your exact minimum dimensions.


I still have your address.
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Thanks Brett (and Rich)! I PM'd you.
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Well, the bad news is my water tank neck is broken. It is cracked about 3/4 of the way around, right where the neck meets the body of the tank. It had been repaired by a PO, but the repair fell apart when I went to connect it back up to the filler tube.

On the bright side (ha ha) all the 12v wiring is installed and working. The intellipower is plugged into the trailer's 110v system, and it's charging the new battery, and the interior lights and radio work. Yippee!
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Well, the bad news is my water tank neck is broken. It is cracked about 3/4 of the way around, right where the neck meets the body of the tank. It had been repaired by a PO, but the repair fell apart when I went to connect it back up to the filler tube.
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Is your tank metal or is it a plastic or poly tank?
either way should be repairable. You can either glue it back together if it's plastic or poly, or weld it if it's metal.
If all else fails, I can get a custom tank made for you by the same people that made my 3 tanks for the Overlander. All you have to do is measure and draw a picture with the inlets and outlets, and they can make a tank exactly to your specs, and ship it straight to you.
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Thanks, Uwe, I'll keep it in mind. Darol (Landyachtdoc) is coming over tomorrow, and has some stuff he thinks will fix it. It's a plastic tank, BTW.

Here's a couple pictures. One is the battery in it's new location behind the streetside wheel. The second picture is the charger at the front end of the trailer. The only thing I'm not happy with yet is the way I had to fasten together all the wires that were attached to posts in the Univolt. I ended up just tying them all together by screwing them down to a block of wood, hot wires on one side, grounds on the other. I'd like to get something a little less 'Bubba', but had no luck at the auto parts store, hardware store, or radio shack.
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The only thing I'm not happy with yet is the way I had to fasten together all the wires that were attached to posts in the Univolt. I ended up just tying them all together by screwing them down to a block of wood, hot wires on one side, grounds on the other. I'd like to get something a little less 'Bubba', but had no luck at the auto parts store, hardware store, or radio shack.
Stef,

Try West Marine's website, or a car stereo outfit.
they have massive connector bars for just this purpose.
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Still no luck finding one, but I made one out of a bolt through a block of wood that seems to be working out. I looked over my pictures of the univolt, and realized that the blue wire from the car battery needed to be on a fuse, so I had to move the fusebox so it would be close enough for that wire to reach. That's the third time I've moved the fuse box! But I think it's good now.

Darol (Landyachtdoc) came over and helped me make sure the floor was fastened down good. My little drill couldn't get the screws down tight enough, so he brought a big drill that put them right down tight into the wood. He also added a lot of screws, so now things are nice and tight in there.

He also welded the filler neck of the water tank. I'll have to be careful when I hook it back up, we'll see if it holds. It was a pretty big crack.

Then I went over to his shop where he's working on a Caravel for a customer, installing a fridge like the one I'm going to put in. The Caravel he's working on already has the new furnace, so I wanted to see how he installed it. He does really fine cabinet work. So now I know how things fit together.

So that's my next project - tackling the new appliances.
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What kind of heater are you going to get? I'm needing the same and the space is not very friendly. I want to avoid putting a radiant heater in the same place as the old heater.

Nice wiring. Great place for the battery.
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The battery placement was Darol's idea. He'd done it to another Caravel. He also helped me pick out this heater, which he'd installed in a Caravel. It's an Atwood hydro flame #7912-II. The owner had such raves about it, I decided that was the way to go. It's even going to have a thermostat, so when you come home and it's cold you just turn on the heat at the wall - like a real house! No more kneeling in the showerpan trying to hold down the pilot light while lighting the furnace with a BBQ lighter! It just comes on!

I should be fitting the furnace tomorrow so I'll post pictures. I got the kitchen cabinet reinstalled this afternoon and test fitted the fridge. It will fit perfectly, but it's short! More details on it when I get to installation.
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Still no luck finding one, but I made one out of a bolt through a block of wood that seems to be working out. I looked over my pictures of the univolt, and realized that the blue wire from the car battery needed to be on a fuse, so I had to move the fusebox so it would be close enough for that wire to reach. That's the third time I've moved the fuse box! But I think it's good now.
Stef,

Here ya go. These are the ones I will be ordering for the Overlander.
http://www.bluesea.com/product.asp?P...65&l1=7465&l2=
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