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Old 01-25-2006, 04:58 AM   #29
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OK, I got my furnace going this past weekend. I got it re-installed back into the Argosy last night and it works perfect!!
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Old 03-14-2006, 06:20 PM   #30
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A/C works great! I took my second trip to Florida and got to try the A/C out. I cant believe how well it works after sitting idle for 10 years. When I first turned it on it made a heck of a noise and then after about 1 minute it started to settle down and kick out some ice cold air. The Armstrong ACs must be good equipment.
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Old 03-14-2006, 07:55 PM   #31
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A/C works great! I took my second trip to Florida and got to try the A/C out. I cant believe how well it works after sitting idle for 10 years. When I first turned it on it made a heck of a noise and then after about 1 minute it started to settle down and kick out some ice cold air. The Armstrong ACs must be good equipment.
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They are. If you get a good one (and it looks like you did) you should do everything possible to keep it going, and not replace it if something breaks on it.
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Old 04-12-2006, 06:05 AM   #32
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We have just about got this coach the way we like it. We just got back from Kentucky doing some ATV riding in Harlan County. Free riding area, Free camping with full hook-up. Evarts, Ky lets you ride your ATV into town for supplies, pretty nice. We had a check valve to go out but that was an easy fix when I got home. We have our bed set up in the front and never take it down, we have found this to work well for us. We extended the pull out some and installed a full size futon mattress, 8 inches thick and very comfortable. I will try to post a pic soon.
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Old 04-12-2006, 06:16 AM   #33
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Congratulations. Aren't these cream Airstreams just the neatest things. I'm hooked on them myself. Where are those pictures?
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Old 04-12-2006, 06:18 AM   #34
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Pic of front bed

Here is a pic of the front bed.
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Old 08-12-2006, 06:39 AM   #35
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12 volt question. Can you run a 12 volt stand along charger at the same time your univolt is running? Will there be any damage to charger, univolt or battery?
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Old 08-16-2006, 02:21 PM   #36
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I'm surprised no one's answer yet, Floyd.

Why are you wanting to do this?

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Old 08-21-2006, 04:52 PM   #37
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12 volt question. Can you run a 12 volt stand along charger at the same time your univolt is running? Will there be any damage to charger, univolt or battery?
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I ran a battery tender .2 amp for a long time... No problrm here
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Old 08-24-2006, 05:01 PM   #38
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OK, here is what has happen:
My converter is old; it is the original univolt converter in my 1979 Airstream. The univolt converter will only put out 11 volts while using my Kawasaki generator on the low setting of 1200 watts. The univolt converter will only put out 12 volts with the generator running on high setting of 1400 watts. The univolt converter will put out 13.25 volts on when I am hooked up to 110 30amp service, which is normal.

I thought I needed a new converter since I was only getting 11 volts from charging using my generator. I had no idea the converter needed more power to put out 12-13 volts? I called to get a new converter and I talk to the sales person about the generator situation. He stated that even with the newer model converters I may still need to run my generator on the high setting of 1400 watts to get the newer converter to charge at the proper voltage. He stated that he had several complaints from customers about the smaller generators not charging through the newer model converters.

With that information here is what I decided to do.
Since my converter is ok with 30amp 110 service, I will be able to use the old univolt converter while I am setting in a cg hooked up to 110 volt AC power. I can simply disconnect my new 3-stage charger and set it the closet for later.

If am boondocking (we do 90% dry camping) and when I need to recharge my battery with the generator, I can pull my new charger out of the closet and plug it in and it will charge my battery at 15+ volts with the 3 stage charger and all this will take place while my kawasaki generator runs at a very slow quite idle at the low setting of 1200 watts.

Since my last post I also decided to install a switch to disconnect the converter while using the generator to recharge my battery. This way I do not have both charging at the same time now.

To make it simple, I use the generator/charger combination while boondocking and I will use the converter when I am hooked up to 30amp 110 service.

What do you think of this set up?
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Old 09-26-2006, 08:45 AM   #39
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ReCharging the Coach Battery

MtnMan,
It seems you have the perfect answer to your own question. I think this should work out fine. I just wanted to add, is solar recharging of the coach battery anything you would want to consider? There are many threads on this subject.
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Old 09-26-2006, 09:11 AM   #40
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OK, here is what has happen:
My converter is old; it is the original univolt converter in my 1979 Airstream. The univolt converter will only put out 11 volts while using my Kawasaki generator on the low setting of 1200 watts. The univolt converter will only put out 12 volts with the generator running on high setting of 1400 watts. The univolt converter will put out 13.25 volts on when I am hooked up to 110 30amp service, which is normal.

I thought I needed a new converter since I was only getting 11 volts from charging using my generator. I had no idea the converter needed more power to put out 12-13 volts? I called to get a new converter and I talk to the sales person about the generator situation. He stated that even with the newer model converters I may still need to run my generator on the high setting of 1400 watts to get the newer converter to charge at the proper voltage. He stated that he had several complaints from customers about the smaller generators not charging through the newer model converters.

With that information here is what I decided to do.
Since my converter is ok with 30amp 110 service, I will be able to use the old univolt converter while I am setting in a cg hooked up to 110 volt AC power. I can simply disconnect my new 3-stage charger and set it the closet for later.

If am boondocking (we do 90% dry camping) and when I need to recharge my battery with the generator, I can pull my new charger out of the closet and plug it in and it will charge my battery at 15+ volts with the 3 stage charger and all this will take place while my kawasaki generator runs at a very slow quite idle at the low setting of 1200 watts.

Since my last post I also decided to install a switch to disconnect the converter while using the generator to recharge my battery. This way I do not have both charging at the same time now.

To make it simple, I use the generator/charger combination while boondocking and I will use the converter when I am hooked up to 30amp 110 service.

What do you think of this set up?
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I will tell out front, I am for getting rid of old Univolts.
The reasoning is: The Old Ferro-Reasonant type chargers like the Univolt are inefficiant (55 to 70% efficiant) constant voltage chargers and must compromise on charge quality due to the inability "tend" the battery. The newer chargers are up to 95% efficiant in there power conversion. Using switched mode supplies allow a wide range of input voltage operation. They are smart and have the ability to "tend" the battery by changeing the battery voltage to fit the need, float, equalize, storage mode, and desulfiteing voltages. They will take better care of your battery so it will last longer unlike the "Old Battery Boilers". Look into it, your generator will handle most brands of this type of charger.
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:14 PM   #41
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11 month report update

Hello folks,
I wanted to give you an update on our little 1979 Argosy. We bought this jewel last December. We had not camped in over 20 years. Here it is November 8th, not even a year has passed. We have parked this Argosy in more than 35 different campgrounds in the past 11 months. We towed it a total of 4800 miles in September alone. These little airstreams are built very solid and are a dream to pull. I want to thank everyone on this post who has helped me with the minor little problems this past year. All the original equipment is still working. We wanted to change a few things but we can't stop using it long enough to do any work on it.
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Old 12-05-2006, 06:47 AM   #42
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Gary,
That is the very reason I bought the battery charger. It does everything you talked about in your post above.
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