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Old 07-15-2013, 11:39 AM   #1
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I just came to own a 1972 ambassador I would like to know what all the switches are supposed to do up front on the panel and walls and how to operate the front exhaust fan? hope to get it fixed up right.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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Greetings dog7703!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstream ownership!

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I just came to own a 1972 ambassador I would like to know what all the switches are supposed to do up front on the panel and walls and how to operate the front exhaust fan? hope to get it fixed up right.
Keep in mind that most (if not all) of those switches control 12-Volt DC appliances or lights. You will need a reliable source of 12-Volt DC to see what each switch operates. The source for 12-Volt DC can be from three different possibilities . . . (1) A fully charged house battery . . . (2) An operating Univolt or other Power Converter plugged into or wired into a live 120-Volt AC circuit . . . (3) While the coach's umbilical cord is plugged into the tow vehicle (the tow vehicle may need to be running for 12-Volt DC to be supplied to the trailer).

Typically, immediately to the right of the entry door you will find one or two light switches. One of those switches controls the "porch light" above the door if your Ambassador is so equipped or it may control the "scare light" that is about eye level to the right of the door. The second switch, if present, typically controls the ceiling light in the living area (usually the light must be on prior to operating this switch as it is intended as "safety" feature so that you don't have to enter a dark trailer at night). The systems monitor panel varies from year to year and sometimes from model to model within a given year, but there is usually a switch for the demand water pump and there may be switches for the tank monitors.

I am sure that someone with a 1972 Airstream will provide more exacting information about the function of each switch and its approximate location.

Good luck with your Ambassador!

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Kevin did a great job of explaining the switches, I have a 1972 owners manual. PM me and I'll copy what you need and email it to you.
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Kevin did a great job of explaining the switches, I have a 1972 owners manual. PM me and I'll copy what you need and email it to you.
You will find a service manual invaluable. The owners manual was designed for the owner who was not smart enough to figure out the obvious and had all his maintainance done by the dealer. But it's better than nothing. If you can find an original they are a bit pricey. There are reprints available from Secretarial Services but I forget the address.

On the control panel the most important switch is the one that turns on the water pump. The others lights the control panel, checks the battery charge and also check levels in the fresh water and black water tank. In my experience the battery and level checks are not too reliable and if they don't work are probably (which they probably don't) not worth the fixing.
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Welcome to the Forums, Dog. They aren't usually this bad, sometimes they are worse! Playing with your trailer is probably the best way to figure out what everything is for, and if they work. There is a wealth of info here! If you could post pictures of specific things, we could probably answer your questions better. Besides, we LOVE pics!
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