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Old 03-16-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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No 110 outlet near univolt

I recently bought a 79 Sovereign (basket case).
There is no outlet near the univolt
(the uinvolt is missing) It appears the coach
was used with solar power only, and that was
(MICKEY) at best.
There are outlets on either side of the coach,
but none near the center.
Am I missing something or do I run a cord to
one side or the other when I install a new converter?
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:22 PM   #3
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Strange, my 1979 Safari has the univolt under the fuse panel in the front between the batteries. There is a 110V outlet there. I looked at the 1979 Service Manual and all lengths of 1979s appear to be the same.

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I recently bought a 79 Sovereign (basket case).
There is no outlet near the univolt
(the uinvolt is missing) It appears the coach
was used with solar power only, and that was
(MICKEY) at best.
There are outlets on either side of the coach,
but none near the center.
Am I missing something or do I run a cord to
one side or the other when I install a new converter?
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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My 77 Safari has the univolt in the center under the Gaucho, there's a receptical to the left (battery is on the right)
I believe the Soverign was the same layout that year.
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:55 PM   #5
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There is no outlet near the univolt
(the uinvolt is missing)
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If the Univolt is missing, how do you know that there's not an outlet near it wherever it is? Sorry, just couldn't resist.
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Strange, my 1979 Safari has the univolt under the fuse panel in the front between the batteries. There is a 110V outlet there. I looked at the 1979 Service Manual and all lengths of 1979s appear to be the same.

Bill
Actually, it may be just not knowing where to look since it is missing. My 1983 Excella's was located in the same place as Bill's. That location is behind the couch, though, and it is not obvious while the couch is in place.

Here's a photo I took while I had the sofa removed:



I replaced the Univolt with a Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power. Completely silent and provides clean 12v DC. Great upgrade.
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:57 PM   #6
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That is exactly where the univolt is in my 1979 Safari. Drop the couch down and there is an access plate on the shelf. Take out a couple of screws and the univolt and outlet are there.

Bill

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If the Univolt is missing, how do you know that there's not an outlet near it wherever it is? Sorry, just couldn't resist.
Actually, it may be just not knowing where to look since it is missing. My 1983 Excella's was located in the same place as Bill's. That location is behind the couch, though, and it is not obvious while the couch is in place.

Here's a photo I took while I had the sofa removed:



I replaced the Univolt with a Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power. Completely silent and provides clean 12v DC. Great upgrade.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:44 PM   #7
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Thanks to all who replied to my thread!!!

After a lot of looking and learning some
new language I figured it out.


(1) I had to remove 2 runs of 4/0 cable,
2 runs of #8 cable and other miscellanies
wires (5 of them) all well siliconed to a
plastic battery box that had been added.


(2) Remove the battery box—6 screws in
the bottom, screws out, the box still wont
come out. there is an eyebrow on the
front covering a vent for the battery box
5 more screws, pry the eyebrow off,
back inside, the box comes out,
still no outlet. the battery box was
mounted tight to the outer panel.


(3) A cold beer and a sandwich—Cool off.


(4) In feeling underneath the inner panel near
the fuse box. Out comes a length of romex wire,
caped and well taped.
Then with further inspection,I pull on a piece of
duck tape,and down comes the ends of 4
battery cables. The outside boxes were not
being used,a single center battery was being
used with the solar system
.

(5) Now I can get on with the original project!!!
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