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Old 09-29-2012, 10:37 PM   #1
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Bringing a 1975 Airstream Sovereign up to date -- what do I need?

Hello, you can see the progress I've made on my 1975 31' Sovereign Airstream by following the link in my signature.
I've gotten to the point where bringing back electricity is the next step!
I have the original battery charger and power supply, the Univolt, (tho my girlfriend is constantly fearful that it's chock full of 40 year old mouse droppings, which it probably is) and the control panel...
I've heard that I ought to ditch both of these things and replace them with their current 2012 counterparts. Could you please show me what I need to get some current flowing through the ol' Airstream again?
Thank you!
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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Hello, you can see the progress I've made on my 1975 31' Sovereign Airstream by following the link in my signature.
I've gotten to the point where bringing back electricity is the next step!
I have the original battery charger and power supply, the Univolt, (tho my girlfriend is constantly fearful that it's chock full of 40 year old mouse droppings, which it probably is) and the control panel...
I've heard that I ought to ditch both of these things and replace them with their current 2012 counterparts. Could you please show me what I need to get some current flowing through the ol' Airstream again?
Thank you!
I have diagrams for that exact model, and wiring sciatica, u interested? If so what do you need to see?
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:25 AM   #3
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We have a 1974 31ft sovereign with the owners manuals looks like the same setup. We replaced everthing exept the rear bath, new breaker box, univolt and put in a new 12 volt fuse panal its looking goog so far.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:30 AM   #4
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We have a 1974 31ft sovereign with the owners manuals looks like the same setup. We replaced everthing exept the rear bath, new breaker box, univolt and put in a new 12 volt fuse panal its looking goog so far.
Yes, the 74 and 75 are exactly the same, all the way to the frame.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:32 AM   #5
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I have the service manuel, if u need a page or 3 lemme know.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:04 PM   #6
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Ah! I have the manual myself, but I was wondering if basically everything needed replacing, as ours certainly does. Though as far as I can tell, the univolt still works... I just figured new and improved technologies would be a better choice, though I have no idea what those might be.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:14 PM   #7
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I recommend replacing the old univolt with a new converter. There are many on the market that will include the 110 VAC breakers, converter/charger, and 12 volt fuse panel all in one unit. The biggest issue with your old univolt is that it can overcharge the batteries causing various issues and decreasing their life expediency. New chargers are "smart chargers" or tri-mode charges, and they will drop into a maintenance mode once the battery is charged. They will not over charge your battery. This web site has several options to choose from. BestConverter - Converters, Inverters, Electrical Supplies, Electronics I ordered from them online, but many others have called them and gotten sound advice on what to order. Be sure to buy a new battery, or multiple batteries depending on what your power requirements are. Do not run the converter/changer without a battery hooked up to it for very long, or you risk damaging your new converter.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:20 PM   #8
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Thank you, Minno. I'll look around that website.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:18 PM   #9
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OK, I just got an electrician to give me a free estimate. He told me he didn't want to waste my money -- he said he wouldn't be able to figure out the 12-volt wiring running throughout the shell, and that I could repair the 120-volt system myself. I recently picked up two deep-cycle 6V batteries and a Boondocker Powermax converter, I suppose I could figure hooking those up myself.

Thing is, while I was tearing the thing apart, I ended up pulling out tons of those thinner wires, which must be in the 12V system...
I have the service manual, which I guess should be all I need...
This just seems so labyrinthine, do you guys have any advice?
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Plan, plan, and do more planning. Diagram out where you want the converter, the batteries, 110 VAC outlets, and 12 volt fixtures. If you want a starting point, look at our thread, http://www.airforums.com/forums/f185...-50967-21.html, posts 289 and 292. There I posted the various diagrams we used as plans.

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