Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-20-2014, 12:23 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
1978 31' Excella 500
Barrie , Ontario
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 185
How much to replace Fuse Panel?

I'm wondering if someone can give me an estimate on the cost of replacing the fuse panel in my 1978 31' Excella , its original and the wiring has become very brittle. I'm basically a "keep the battery charged the tires aired and wheels on tight'' type so want it done right when its done.
__________________

__________________
Bev1940 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2014, 07:32 PM   #2
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
New Borockton , Alabama
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 1,288
Images: 21
They are only about $33 and use newer style blade fuses that you can get anywhere. You most likely have the older glass style fuses which will work and still available but just not popular in fuse boards any longer.
__________________

__________________
Randy...Converters, Inverters, Trimetric, Surge Protectors, Zamp Solar, AGM Batteries
www.bestconverter.com
68 Overlander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2014, 06:39 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
dbj216's Avatar

 
1986 34' Limited
1966 24' Tradewind
Conifer , Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,122
I replaced my fuse panel at the same time I replaced my converter. I purchased a fuse panel from Vintage Trailer Supply for about $40.

I found the job harder than I imagined. 12v wires in our trailers are rather large in diameter and stiff. They carry quite a bit of amperage since there is only 12volts "pushing" the electricity through the trailer. The big, stiff wires were difficult to thread through the small, rather flimsy fuse panel. Maybe this fuse panel was meant for little automotive wires, not big, burly Airstream wires. The Airstream original fuse panel was much larger and more robust.

I'm worried when you say you have wires are brittle. Maybe you mean stiff? I did not have brittle wires or cracking insulation on my 66 Trade Wind. A new fuse panel won't fix your wires. I think you better get an RV electrician's assessment of the wiring. We don't want you to go up in smoke!

David
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1405 Electrical  New Fuse Panel.jpg
Views:	327
Size:	243.8 KB
ID:	224900  
__________________
dbj216 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2014, 08:14 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Sneakinup's Avatar
 
1977 31' Sovereign
Tampa Bay , ^
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 708
Images: 117
The panel on my 77 Sovereign was trashed. Melted fuse holders, hanging connections, etc. I purchased a few fuse blocks online and just swapped out what was bad with the new with the blade type. For the larger amp fuses I got high end car audio fuse blocks with LED fuses. The whole swap out took about an hour or so. I think in total around $50, but I didn't have to do anything but disconnect wires and re-attach. I of course took pictures of their placement before I disassembled. All of my circuits work perfectly now.

Before and after pictures.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	panel2.jpg
Views:	120
Size:	259.2 KB
ID:	224911   Click image for larger version

Name:	cpanelal.jpg
Views:	157
Size:	240.6 KB
ID:	224912  

__________________
My 77 Sovereign Renovation
Out in the woods, or in the city, It's all the same to me.
When I'm drivin' free, the world's my home....When I'm mobile.



Sneakinup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2014, 08:40 AM   #5
3 Rivet Member
 
1978 31' Excella 500
Barrie , Ontario
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 185
Thank you all for the great info I will be taking it to CanAm Airstream for repair but wanted to get an idea of the parts cost and some suggestions as to replacements.
My panel is original with glass fuses but I think replacing with flat fuses is the way to go. My 1978 is in pretty good shape no leaks or floor rot every thing works well when hooked to shore power or my gen so this is not something I need to travel with. I went to Whitehorse YK and back after it quit working and did ok.
I run solo so only have to please myself lol.
__________________
Bev1940 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2014, 09:11 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
Melody Ranch's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
1953 32' Liner
1955 22' Safari
Valley View , Texas
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 3,960
Images: 78
Send a message via Skype™ to Melody Ranch
you can go with many styles of panel

Whichever fuse panel you get....put it in a place where your not standing on your head in the dark trying to change fuses. I have used Best Converters panel several times and also used Home Depot and Auto Zone blade types. I do like the marine panels the best with LED lighting.9 Position Fuse Block
__________________
"If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted
then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production."
Melody Ranch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2014, 08:00 AM   #7
3 Rivet Member
 
1978 31' Excella 500
Barrie , Ontario
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 185
Thanks to all for the great info. My fuse panel is behind the pullout couch so it is easy to get at.
__________________
Bev1940 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2015, 10:15 AM   #8
1 Rivet Member
 
Council , Idaho
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 6
I'm looking at doing the same thing. Does anyone have a wiring diagram from my 1979 ambassador system to the 15 circuit knife circuit panel?
__________________

__________________
blheron is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How much is too much, or too little - 1962 Globetrotter? gduffydc 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 3 01-07-2009 03:39 PM
How much damage is too much? kaulike Ribs, Skins & Rivets 8 01-20-2007 02:10 AM
Carbon Monoxide: How much is too much? Lotek General Appliance Topics 3 01-08-2005 07:06 AM
How much is to much garry Our Community 13 07-08-2003 04:53 PM
Should I replace the fuse box with a breaker panel? Andy R Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 2 09-13-2002 11:21 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.