Rick & Mary,
system does not have anything to charge battery. Was there an orginal system that is missing or did they charge off the car battery?
Not sure on the 1961
models. Later models received a "Univolt" converter/charger from the factory. That's what my trailer has.
2. What do most people install in my situation? I am really looking for what you did and why. I would appreciate any insights that you have.
One popular option, one I would choose if my Univolt ever went out, or once I get tired of the buzzing noise it makes... www.bestconverter.com
Do a search on this forum, they offer a discount to forum members. Every light and installed motor ( vent fans, stove hood, bathroom fan etc) runs on 12V in my trailer. All the lights are 12V also. The 120V system goes to the wall outlets, A/C system, and Univolt ( for charging) only.
A 110v charger would only work if I charged before I left or if we moved to a camp with electric. I am thinking to add an Itelli-power charger because I have seen some posts where people liked them. Any comments?
You will either need a 110V connection, or charge while driving through the charge line in the tow vehicle to trailer connection. Again, I am uncertain if this was included in teh 1961
Solar would help to recharge for light duty, but seems expensive. Although it might work for us. Any brands that you would recommend?
An EU2000i might be a better choice than solar for occasional to moderate use. Solar IS expensive, and often not sufficient to run more than just lights, unless it is a huge system. A Generator like the EU2000i runs quiet, and can supply enough power for most appliances, charging and power tools etc. It is not sufficient for large microwaves, or A/C system.
Charging from the car could be an option, but I have not found much info on this subject so I wonder if other people use this option? If you can you provide a basic wiring diagram? I would think all that would be needed would be some fat cables to carry high amperage and maybe a 30 or 40 amp fuse?
The car charging circuit goes through the umbilical cord on my trailer. One of the wires is connected tot he Univolt, and subsequently to the Battery in the trailer. It tops off the battery while driving.
3. 110vac - How much of a worry are polarity problems? I have heard of people being badly shocked by touching there trailers. I am thinking to install some kind of GFCI breaker before my circuit panel. (which is two 20amp breakers).
My electrical system includes a polarity light near the univolt. It is said to light up if the polarity is reversed. I find it to be a good idea. You can also check it with a volt meter (DVM) before you plug in.
You might write to Andy at InlandRV.com for better advise on your particular system. He is very knowledgeable onthe subject.