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Old 12-05-2006, 02:28 PM   #43
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Who'd a thunk it? I didn't think 12V charging was important when I was generator shopping but I may be glad (i.e. lucky) that the one I ended up getting has it. Even though as far as I have been able to tell the Univolt doesn't boil the batteries I still unplug it when the battery approaches full charge. The noise from the Univolt can be a bit annoying and it's a bit of a pain keeping tabs of the battery voltage.

I'm really surprised a 1200W output doesn't do the job. Even at 50% efficiency that's 50amps of 12VDC. Seems like a lot for the gage of wire on the output of the Univolt.

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Old 12-05-2006, 04:43 PM   #44
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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.
One of the first things I do is replace the Univolt, those things make me nervous........
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Old 12-05-2006, 05:00 PM   #45
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Now we have a side dinette. Check out the booth I built into our argosy! We finally stop traveling long enough to add this to our little playhouse.
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Old 12-05-2006, 05:08 PM   #46
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Old 12-05-2006, 08:00 PM   #47
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Now we have a side dinette. Check out the booth I built into our argosy! We finally stop traveling long enough to add this to our little playhouse.
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One thing about the people with Vintage Metal, they never cease to amaze me with the Ideas and Execution of those idea. Bravo, BRAVO. Your dinette is Beautiful and Ingenious.

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Old 12-05-2006, 09:42 PM   #48
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I can still make it into a bed in 5 minutes if I ever need one, which I doubt I ever will. The table has a wing-nut at the 2 corners and each seat has 2 nuts on the bottom.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:27 AM   #49
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SOLD it and miss it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:42 AM   #50
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:57 AM   #51
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Just curious, what prompted the sale if it's not too personal to explain? You really seemed to be enjoying it.
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How is your vent pipe covered. My 79 had the vent pipe cut off and sealed? I am planning to install standard house plumbing fixtures and think I will need to clear the vent pipe and re-install it out the roof. Just not sure how to do it.
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Just curious, what prompted the sale if it's not too personal to explain? You really seemed to be enjoying it.
We loved the little Argosy, we hauled it all over the US.
The reason I sold it was because we bought a motorhome.
The motorhome was all but given to me and I did not need both.
We have enjoyed the motorhome and it came at the right time as we have been traveling back and forth to Florida a lot last year and this year.
The motorhome is a 1994 Fleetwood with 30,000 miles.
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Old 05-03-2008, 01:05 PM   #54
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Hello Floyd,
Since you miss her so much I thought I would post a picture of her. Here she is at the end on my driveway soaking in some removal 220 (the salmon color). I am striping her for a paint job in a few weeks. I also added some rock guards last year after our trip to Utah…we broke one of the front wrap windows. Other than that we had no problems and are looking forward to a few trips out west this summer. I’ll post a picture of her after the paint job. Say hello to Cathy.
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Old 05-03-2008, 01:23 PM   #55
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Just a note. Do NOT get the removal on the wraps, or they will be destroyed. Also, if the paint scraps get on anything glass or plastic (like marker lights), get if off before it dries, or it will take forever to get off.

You might also want to use a thicker coat... it usually just comes off in sheets when it really starts working well.

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Old 05-03-2008, 01:33 PM   #56
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Thanks Marc,

I am applying it with a brush and have found it difficult to keep it evenly thick. I am reapplying to the thinner areas after they become apparent after a few hours...seems to work well. This picture was taken after only 30 minutes...it is now basically falling off.

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