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Old 08-13-2006, 06:26 PM   #1
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we are the proud new owners of a 1972 23 foot land yacht. and, of course, we have a few minor problems and questions. when we are connected to city electricity, everything works except the overhead interior lights. they stay on battery and are very dim and we think that the univolt is not charging the battery. please help!

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Old 08-13-2006, 08:11 PM   #2
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Get a multimeter

You are going to need to do some basic research and also get a basic multimeter. The electricity in your Airstream comes in 2 flavors:

115 Volts AC (AC stands for alternating current)-it is the same as in your house

12 Volts DC (or direct current)-same as in your automobile.

Go get a basic multimeter. Wal-mart or radio shack can hook you up for less than 10 dollars. Read the instructions thoroughly.

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Old 08-13-2006, 08:30 PM   #3
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Thumbs up 72 Tradewind.

Hello. Today is day one with our renovations with our 72 Tradewind. We are having so much fun, and also learning all about the ins and outs. we were having problems with connecting to city water, then to find out we had a crack in our water pump. ugh.. We should keep in touch. sounds like we are in the same boat. We've already gutted out most of the furniture. It's amazing how easy this all was assembled together, yet put together so well, and its all so light.. good job to wally and company.
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Old 08-13-2006, 08:37 PM   #4
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This may seem like a strange thing to do but look for a light switch that looks out of place. Is the univolt humming. The PO of our 71 installed a switch that shuts down the univolt. Folks here advised it was probably to silence the humming and keep the battery from boiling over if you left the trailer plugged into A/C for long periods of time.

When you flip the switch the lights dim by 50% at least. Everything else keeps working on A/C. Originally thought I'd remove this but have come to realize it's actually pretty handy - ours is parked in a campground while we are doing interior work.
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Old 08-14-2006, 05:17 AM   #5
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Battery problems

Our '71 23 foot Safari had the same problem with batteries. It turned out that the Univolt was not working. A transister inside the Univolt was broken in half. A friend replace the transister and now everything is good.
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