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Old 04-11-2012, 06:57 PM   #127
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Here's a new one for anyone that can help me. Does anyone have the battery shut-off panel just inside of entry door, to the right of entry door. This panel controls solenoids on back of battery tray that will disconnect batteries while vehicle is being stored. If you do have these solenoids, do you possibly have photos of the wiring for the solenoids? Had a friend 'help' me with this, but had everything disconnected before I could get some reference photos. I'm guessing that positive cables would go on the top, and negative cables on the bottom, but that's just a guess. Or would it really matter, just as long as I have positive and negative separated from each other.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:34 PM   #128
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Oh, this is what I'm going to go looking for when gas hits $5.00 or higher, lol

http://www.instantlobster.com/UltraV...n_Brochure.pdf

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Old 04-11-2012, 11:08 PM   #129
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Derek,
Since we're 1100+ miles from the moho, I can't shoot you a picture or a diagram from the owner's manual, but I'm fairly certain that reverse polarity would cause BIG problems.
It may be that it just won't work, but Electrical systems are set up in a specific way. Our switch that you refer to burned up in one of my early attempts to rectify a situation with overkill, and I did...overkill...a mobile mechanic 'fixed' the problem to get me down the road to a RV mechanic by somehow placing a paper clip in the switch 'board' behind the manual switches for the battery interrupt. I would think that there might be generic 'boards' to replace yours...another good source of P-30 chassis and 454 needs is the Barthmobile.forums...I doubt that school buses(busses?) had those switches, at least in kid reach...please remember to not say "part" and "Airstream" in the same conversation with a potential supplier...P 30 and 454 should eliminate 2-5 days in a denial of existence...m
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Old 04-12-2012, 04:46 PM   #130
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Saying you've got a van with a P-30 chassis that says "Wonder Bread" on the side works well.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:30 PM   #131
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Ok, picked up a 'Continuous Use Solenoid' today. Too much to get done this evening to get under moho and do the replacement. Maybe tomorrow......
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:40 PM   #132
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Derek,
There are two solenoids under there...another alternative is to install generic battery disconnects at the poles...a hassle, granted, but quicker and easier than the harder to find board(the one in the wall behind the interior switch disconnects)...I have jumped the chassis battery from my toad to get the gen running to charge the house batteries... and I have direct jumped the house batteries from the battery charger fired by the chassis battery...if there's a circuit, there's a way, but ya gotta be careful...I am, more so now, but I have a feeling the learning curve is steep, and I'm just starting to climb...
Parts places exist for folks like me, but are generally universally ignorant unless I've done the(or some) homework...so, where ya gonna go this weekend...??? Hell, drive it down the block and park in the back of the local gas pump...go as far as the nearest Wallyworld or truck oasis...try out a rest stop or county/state/national park...you and I have limited time on this earth, and the endstage may not be a pleasant one, but getting there can be a lot of living fun. m
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:27 PM   #133
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Michael,
No idea when I'll get this running. Work tomorrow, theatre in the Park tomorrow evening (WOO-HOO, Rocky Horror LIVE, lol) then off to see my folks and help my Dad with some around the house stuff on Sunday, and back to work on Monday. I'll get to it at some point, but this weekend isn't looking promising.....
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:00 PM   #134
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Finally!

Ok,
Between work and weather, no work done on the 'beast' for quite a few weeks. Finally, my luck is getting better. Finally able to find a 'Continuous Use Solenoid' at Advanced.
Part to the left in the photo is what I removed. Kinda looks like a great big fuse to me. No wonder my wall switches to the right of entry door don't work, chassis battery wasn't hooked to anything.
Thanks to Raveson for posting great photos of what I need in order to wire this up correctly.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:56 PM   #135
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Derek,
That looks like the thing I replaced under the doghouse...front, top, and I think just about center,,,the solenoids behind my steps are(I think) white in color...I REALLY miss Scrap...she's 1,100 miles+ away from us, and I can't pet her every day like I usually do.
PET your child often...it reminds you of what you have succeeded in doing...sometimes it's good to be the odd one out...we are unique, and I will carry that to my Pablum! m
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:45 AM   #136
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Can you guess?

Ok
You have to know, I've had a nickname for my Airstream well before it's purchase. Can you figure out what my custom made license plate says?
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:19 PM   #137
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:50 PM   #138
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:58 PM   #139
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Looks like something else to me, but I'm not going to say it out loud.
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I was thinking that as well

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