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Old 07-06-2017, 07:19 AM   #1
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Do I need a special connector?

Hi, newbie Airstreamer here with EVERYTHING to learn. My 1972 Ambassador Land Yacht came with a battery-less compartment. Any recommendation on a perfect battery? And as you see, the battery cable is not capable of attaching to battery terminals. Is there a special connector that is proprietary to an Airstream, or can I just cut off this end, strip red and black wires and clamp new post connectors direct?Click image for larger version

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Old 07-06-2017, 08:46 AM   #2
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There are no special connectors to worry about, conventional Group24 and Group27 deep-cycle batteries usually have both bolt-on and clamp-on terminals. You'll want the largest battery that's a good fit... in my '70s Argosy trailer all that would fit was a Group24 but someone who's used one of those low side battery compartments from a silver 70s trailer can tell you if a Group27 will fit. If I were starting from no battery at all I'd look for an AGM battery, in my opinion that's the price-vs-performance sweet spot right now.
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Just curlous if you are restoring your Land Yacht for personal use of for sale?
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Just curlous if you are restoring your Land Yacht for personal use of for sale?


Hans, looking to restore for personal use and professional use. I am a 44 year radio broadcaster who wants to do a mobile version of my radio show using the Airstream. My dad always used to tell me that everything is for sale for a price… So I guess that would be true as well, but that's not really the plan I have at all. Interesting thing though about the term "restoration and "as despite the fact that it's 45 years old, I very much like the kitsch and style of mid century and turn of the century. You see so many stories about the condition of trailers this old and you expect that you will have to do some kind of major overhaul or maybe even gut the unit. I do intend on recording broadcasts as well as live music inside the space, but the interior is in such amazing shape, I really don't see myself changing a whole lot other than modernizing the carpet, window treatments and upholstry perhaps. I'm really looking forward to finding ways to learn from people in this forum on the ins and outs of modernizing affordably. At this time, I'm not worrying so much about getting the decor just right, I just want to get it road ready so I can begin my next broadcast chapter in a unique way.
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Step back a bit and consider your use case before doing any battery "stuff". Are you headed off into the "solar only" / off grid world? If so big batteries (and probably lots of them) matter. Will you be on shore power 99% of the time? Just about any battery is fine in that case. The range of possibilities has expanded quite a bit since 1972....

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Those are the correct connectors for deep cycle batteries.
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Those are the correct connectors for deep cycle batteries.
Zooming the picture, that connector looks to me like some I have seen on a power cord for 12V equipment. 12V deep cycle batteries will have studs for ring terminals, perhaps in addition to conventional battery posts.

Further, the wire gauge looks too small, but it is hard to tell for sure from the picture. OP could cut the connector off and add a couple of properly sized ring terminals for starters.

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The wire you're looking at is a quick disconnect. One looking like it was connected to the battery so the battery could be unplugged easily for removal. You can get replacements or cut it off and bolt the wires onto new terminal connections if the wires are long enough.
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If you decide to keep the thing set up with connectors (they do make things a bit easier). Consider replacing those old ones with something new. Anderson Power Poles are one option. There are a lot of others. As others have noted, we now live in the era of inverter technology. That means high current loads. Upgrading the wires is a good idea.

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Thanks so much for the suggestions!!!
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Step back a bit and consider your use case before doing any battery "stuff". Are you headed off into the "solar only" / off grid world? If so big batteries (and probably lots of them) matter. Will you be on shore power 99% of the time? Just about any battery is fine in that case. The range of possibilities has expanded quite a bit since 1972....

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Thanks so much Bob. Still weighing options. Some great food for thought here.
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Look into lithium. their initial CAPEX cost is higher, but they last longer, run longer, and have a higher capacity.

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Look into lithium. their initial CAPEX cost is higher, but they last longer, run longer, and have a higher capacity.



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