Originally Posted by moe146
hi i am a new owner of a 1973 AS overlander 27ft rv. I bought it for 2500. so i don't know if i paid to much for it but it is in GREAT shape inside and out. the only problem i am having is that the lights only work off of 12v
is this the way it is or are they suppose to work off of 110v also. the 110 outlets all work and the 12v cig plug works. also i have read in the forums about the univolt being a battery charger, my battery will not keep a charge, i have to put my smart charger on it to charge it back up.
Also i have a 1991 Ford Explorer with a 4.0 v6 does anybody have a simpler vehicle to this because I hope mine will pull it but not over big hills i know, just mainly over overpasses.
sounds like your univolt is toast. or at least, its not working right. When you're plugged into shore power (110AC), it should convert that to 12vDC, charge the battery, and power the overhead lights and other 12v appliances. check and make sure all the fuses are in there. could be something as simple as that.
if the trailer is otherwise in "great" shape...2500 bucks is a deal and a half!
bad news: your old Exploder is not up to the task of towing this trailer, I'll bet. According to airstream's website, (http://www.airstream.com/airstream/p.../weights-1.pdf
), the empty weight of your trailer is 4500lbs...not only that, the exploder has a very short wheelbase, which is not a good thing for pulling a 27' trailer. I'd look into upgrading the tow vehicle...doesn't need to be fancy, but any typical half-ton pickup or full-size v8 suv should do the job safely.