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Old 09-03-2007, 02:58 PM   #1
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My "New" 1972 Overlander

Hello everyone,
First of all, let me say that I am very impressed with the Airstream Forums. What a great way to learn and exchange information.

My wife and I just bought our first Airstream... our first RV, for that matter. It's a 1972 Overlander Land Yacht, in very good condition. The previous owner was a very nice, older gentleman that had taken extremely good care of it.

As I mentioned, this is my first RV, and I am just learning how the electrical system works. I'm sure this is part of RV 101, but I can't seem to find the answer. So here is my first question...

The plug for shore power (a new term I recently learned from the Airstream Forum) is in the back compartment of the trailer. The plug appears to be a large 220 style plug (like a clothes dryer) but the manual says that it's a 110, and that I should take "every precaution" to make sure that I don't plug into 220. So, how do I plug this into normal city power? Is their an adapter, or am I missing something?

Thanks for helping out a newbie!

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Old 09-03-2007, 03:32 PM   #2
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Allen,

When you go to a campground, there are electrical boxes to plug our rigs into. They are 30 amp boxes and do resemble the 220v dryer outlets, but they are in fact 110v. Some campgrounds have 50 amp boxes, and you need what is referred to as a "dogbone"...it is a 50 amp to 30 amp adapter cord. If you want to plug your rig in at home, you will need a 20 amp to 30 amp adapter cord. Welcome to the forums.

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Old 09-03-2007, 06:26 PM   #3
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Frederic
Thanks a million for the quick response, this is extremely helpful information.

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Old 09-03-2007, 06:33 PM   #4
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No problem; any more questions, ask away.

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Old 09-03-2007, 06:33 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forums!

Congrats on your Airstream! This is a great place to learn all about them! Please post pictures of your new to you Airstream. We love pictures!

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Old 09-03-2007, 07:13 PM   #6
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Look up Winona Manufacturing for new tambour material. Also the Por 15 folks have what you need to repaint your sinks, toilets and tub. We replaced our lower tambour doors with swing open types. Good option for the horizontal ones that refuse to work.
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Allen...

Welcome to the forums, and congrats on the new toy!

One more note on the shore power hookup...if you are hooked up to shore power via a 20-apm-to-30 amp adapted, you probaly will not be able to run large-draw alliances...say a microwave and an AC at the same time without tripping a breaker somewhere along the line...just to let you know...

If there's only a 50-amp outlet available at an RV park, you can also hookup to that using a 50-amp-to-30-amp adapter....and you'll be fine...

Again, welcome and good luck!
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Old 09-03-2007, 08:34 PM   #8
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Thank you... plus photos!

Frederic, CaddyGrn, Juel, TBRich,

Thank you all so much for the welcome, and for the great information. I'm really looking forward to learning more from all of you.

CaddyGrn, I've just uploaded some photos, thanks for asking!

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Wow, she looks great! Welcome to the forums. There is so much to learn here. We are still new and reading and learning all the time.
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Old 09-07-2007, 09:19 PM   #10
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I am new also but you use 110. Most of the facilities have 110 with three prong plugs. I read the same in my manual and have been out about 5 times with no problems finding the 110 at sites. I am sure a pro will write you congrats on the trailer, I have a 1968 Overlander and love it. /tom
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