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Old 06-17-2015, 07:30 AM   #43
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In my 79 Excella with a fuse panel just like the picture the top right is converter - and chassis ground top left is battery -
2ond left is alternaor+ from the isolater
3rd left is battery+
2ond right jumper to 3rd right
3rd right is converter+

If you follow this scheme all circuits to and from the converter, battery, alternator, and loads are fused and protected
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Old 06-17-2015, 07:52 AM   #44
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Looking at the wiring in your fuse panel and comparing it to mine yours all looks correct. If I remember correctly what Airstream did on mine was to take the three large #6 or #8 wires from the battery, converter and fuse panel and tied them together with large wire nuts. Not how I would recommend doing it and it's not how I'm going to re-install things when the time comes.

If you'll notice in my second picture some previous owner appears to have replaced the fuse with a circuit breaker with custom lugs to fit the fuse holder. I've never seen anything it and doubt that I will reuse it

I'm curious where the blue wire on the top left of your fuse panel goes. Mine has the same lug but nothing was connected to it.

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Old 06-17-2015, 02:03 PM   #45
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Brad, the PO apparently kept blowing fuses and put in a reset able breaker? Wouldn't it be interesting to see what the true story of our campers is after 40 years of service.

I'll try and chase down that blue wire. No guarentees. Circuit #5. Just thinking, might be a extra circuit on a 28'er vs. your 20'er. Same fuse panel, but leaves a blank circuit for you.
Anyhow, thanks everyone.
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:23 PM   #46
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Looking closer at the label for the blue wire connection #5, it's labeled as car battery. The connection below that appears to say trailer battery. My guess is these fuse panels were shared between the Argosy trailers and Argosy motorhomes. On trailers the blue wire likely goes back to the car/trailer connector and is used to charge the car battery while the converter is powered up (as in boondocking).

My next assumption is on my Argosy they probably didn't connect the converter to the chassis/engine battery, only to the coach batteries.

On yours you may find the blue wire goes to the chassis/engine battery.

Be interesting to see if you find where it goes!

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Old 06-22-2015, 05:23 AM   #47
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Lift-off! We have a 12v system. Converter does its job well. It seems to get pretty warm before the cooling fan kicks on. Mostly when its charging the batteries but not running any 12 accessories. I haven't heard the fan kick on without the lights on, but the heat doesn't seem excessive. Do these things get warm while charging? Normal? I'm just talking warm to the touch, not Hot by any means. When the fan kicks on it cools down immediately. I'm assuming all this is normal, but never hurts to get some feedback. Great to have interior lights again.
Also nearly have the bathroom completed. We pretty much gutted the shower tub and anything that bolted on, painted with POR-15 Whitecote. Great stuff, but difficult to apply. Brushes on thick but still requires at least 2 coats. Dries like a rock. Then, we installed our new shower fixtures and recaulked the whole tub and surround. New toilet and backrest. Turned out really well. My wife has some pictures we'll post up later.
And, finally, on this update. What makes all this work worthwhile. "Daddy, I LOVE it."
This week.. installing the fridge. Hoping to make our 'first run' deadline and heading to Bastrop State park this weekend for a shakedown run. Its been a long few weeks.

One last update. I pulled the rear tires off this weekend to do brake shoes and oil seals.. What a mess. The axleshaft bolts were on so rediculously tight I sheared off a bolt in the hub while trying to torque off. ARGGG.. (would I like to yell at the previous shop that impacted these on) I did get the remaining 7 bolts off, but after undoing the castle nuts I couldn't remove the drum from the spindle. Pretty sure the brakes have worn a groove on the inside of the drum. And I didn't want to bleed the system to remove the pressure on them. So, I ended up zipping things back together. I'll have to eat this one and take the rear brakes to a shop. I'll get to the fronts later next week after our shakedown run. Frustrating, but I'll work my job, and pay someone to do theirs I guess. For now.. leaky axleshafts and fluid top-offs are still in my future.

OK, one last thing #2: I need to hook up 12V to the fridge and don't have any 12v line coming into the compartment. I need to run a wire. Its easy to run one underneath the floor and up to the control panel. Can I just tie into one of the circuits labeled 1-5 on the schematic for positive and hook up the neg. to the ground location? I'm assuming any on of those 12V circuits will do? If I need an inline fuse on the Pos. side, any ideas on what amp fuse I need to install?
I'm not much of an electrician obviously.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:46 AM   #48
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Bob, from my experience the converter will get warm to the touch and depending how high the current load and how long it takes to top off the batteries it can get fairly warm.

The fan will try and maintain a certain temperature on the converter so you may here it run from time to time even when you don't think there is a load on the system. Ambient temperature is also a factor in how often and how long the fan will run.

Glad to hear you're making progress!

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Old 06-29-2015, 05:33 PM   #49
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If you can not get the drums off it is likely that they are very worn. You do not have to bleed the brakes to get them apart. You need to back off the self adjuster. Should be easy enough with a screwdriver or an adjuster tool designed for that purpose. lf they are badly worn your mechanic is likely going to recommend replacement. These brakes are simple to work on but, the parts are expensive , especially with the shops markup. If you had the axle out you were half way there. I'd give it another try. If you need new drums you can do it yourself for about a third the money.
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OK, one last thing #2: I need to hook up 12V to the fridge and don't have any 12v line coming into the compartment. I need to run a wire. Its easy to run one underneath the floor and up to the control panel. Can I just tie into one of the circuits labeled 1-5 on the schematic for positive and hook up the neg. to the ground location? I'm assuming any on of those 12V circuits will do? If I need an inline fuse on the Pos. side, any ideas on what amp fuse I need to install?
I'm not much of an electrician obviously.
Thanks again group.
Bob, not sure how I missed this when you posted it.

Referring back to post 39, you can connect directly to the solenoid where the positive cable from the converter connects. You just need to make sure you add an inline fuse to the new wire feeding the fridge.

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Thanks Greg. You know, pretty sure I wasn't able to get the drum off because i didn't back off the adjuster screw like you said! I was tslking it through with a coworker the next day and he said the same thing you did. Going to take another crack at it this coming weekend. I appreciate the feedback!
Brad, noted on the selonoid locations for the 12v connections. Thanks. I've got the wire routed, only need to get a fuse now.
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Yep. Electric And hadn't been hooked up in ages. I just pulled them out actually! I said free as a joke as they went immediately into my trash bin. Oddly enough my buddy wants them and is pulling them out tomorrow. I have I idea if they work, only know that my mojo just lost some unnecessary weight!
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