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Old 06-29-2011, 04:54 PM   #1
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Location of battery for 1960 Airstream Ambassador

Just received a 1960 Airstream Ambassador and have finally figured out how to get the 110v power going...trying to figure out how to get the 12v running which this thing is prewired to do apparently but now sure where the battery is or if the battery is missing, where does it go...any help would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:33 PM   #2
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My 1960 has a battery box on the front of the trailer. That is where the battery box should be in your trailer unless it was removed.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ion-70006.html

Check out post 204 and you will see in the middle picture the battery box right behind the tanks. An International Harvestor tractor battery fits in there. I bought one at Tractor supply. Get the dimensions and go to tractor supply.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...-70006-15.html

This is about my 12 volt wiring that is under the front goucho. It is near the floor.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...-70006-16.html

I put a converter in with the help of a friend.

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Old 06-30-2011, 12:40 PM   #3
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i cant find the switch to charge battery in 1973 international airstrean
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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my 1963 Ambassador has the battery in a streetside compartment, just under the sink area.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:34 PM   #5
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If your Ambassador originally had an battery it would have been mounted in a battery box on the front of the trailer. These were long batteries, approximately 6" wide and 18" long and often referred to a tractor batteries. Most your lighting is 120 V AC. If you have dual lighting fixtures, then one is at 120 Volt AC the other at 12 Volt DC. The Univolt converter with 12 volt DC output was not installed until 1965, therefore battery charging had to be through either the TOW vehicle or by using a seperate battery charger. You will probably have to build a battery box to be mounted on the tongue or install an AGM type battery inside. Also will need a converter such as Progressive Dynamics Intellipower.
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Just received a 1960 Airstream Ambassador and have finally figured out how to get the 110v power going...trying to figure out how to get the 12v running which this thing is prewired to do apparently but now sure where the battery is or if the battery is missing, where does it go...any help would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
My 1960 Traveler had 12VDC lights but no battery or sign of one. Someone on the forum suggested that the trailer probably used the tow vehicle battery for power.

I had lots of help re-wiring the whole trailer and installing a battery and converter. If you want to do it, go to the thread "electrical & 12V system:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f37/electrical-and-12v-system-70667.html

Thanks to a lot of help from my friends, it has all you need to know about wiring and then some.

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