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Old 05-24-2014, 09:32 AM   #1
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changing Univolt

I have a 75 international that I want to get rid of the univolt. How do I get it out? the side access does not seem to be large enough or have easy access to the univolt. I looked inside, and cant see it, without taking panels out of the closet. Help please.. Richard in Texas
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Old 05-24-2014, 11:40 AM   #2
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Sometimes Airstream put the Univolt in very hard to access locations. There is no easy solution to tell you, you just have to struggle away the best you can to find a way to remove and replace it.

I have done two in two different Argosy's which were in the rear far corner, off the bathroom closet. Both were a real bitch to remove, laying on the bath floor with hands and arms inside the closet.

On my 310 motorhome the damn thing was under the ice maker, and required a major disassembly and ice maker removal for access.

Best of luck, of course.
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Old 05-24-2014, 07:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply,.Surely someone on forum has made the change to a real converter. This one is in that same corner. rear curbside. I thought cutting down a zipdee awning was going to be tough,, lot easier than this little project. On another note.. dont follow the instructions about how many turns to wind the spring on the rear awning., unless you want it to rewind at the speed of light and knock your running lights off. (don't ask)... Richard.
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I have a '75 sovereign with a center bath, rear bed and just changed my original univolt to a 4 stage boondocker converter from best converters.com. The location of my converter was in between the sink and stove/oven on top of the built in battery box. I found it was easily accessible by removing the stove/oven. I don't know if your configuration is similar but Airstream sure did not waste any space and seemed to place items wherever they could and the mystery remains for us to figure out how to replace them.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:30 PM   #5
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If your 75 is like my 75 which I think was once an Excella , the converter will have limited access from the curbside closet.

You can remove the floor from the closet , it helps a lot.

If I were going to change mine, I would remove the floor from the closet, and I would remove the top of the housing that houses the shower valve. (The side of the tub).

If yours is like mine, you will find this your best access to the converter.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:32 PM   #6
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Here is where I was talking about.

You can get in here by drilling out about a dozen rivets....
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Sorry,,,,

You said center bath....

DUH...
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thanks for this. I am going to try the floor and closet wall. Mine is the rear bath, looks like the picture. Have a good memorial day,.. remember the vets and the price of freedom.
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Don't be intimidated by that tub, the top comes off pretty quick with a 1/8" and 3/16" drill bit, as does the panel that houses the valve.

If you look close at the picture I posted you can see the heat/splash shield above the converter. While it may be possible to reach the mount screws for the converter through the closet, it will suck.

Weigh your time. It took me probably thirty minutes of work to remove and replace the tub panels plus calking time.

I did NOT look at removing the above mentioned shield, so I can't say for sure it will be easy to get out of the way, but it could be handled in a few different ways if it proved problematic to get past.
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