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Old 12-04-2005, 01:23 PM   #1
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Hi all, I bought a 1975 Sovereign this summer which is in wonderful condition. I am totally new to Airstream and trailers. My power converter I believe is original and I have a new 12v rv battery. The power converter makes a load buzzing sound when I have it turned on to charge the battery, it never gives the battery a complete 100 %charge (even if I leave it on all day)according to my control panel. Is the noise normal or should I think about replacing it? I do not know the brand name as the trailer is now in storage and do not have access to it until April. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-04-2005, 02:09 PM   #2
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If it is the original, it is normal, however you should condsider replacing, Vintage Trailer Supply has a good deal Progressive Dynamics 45 Amp Inteli-Power Converter $149.95
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Hi all, I bought a 1975 Sovereign this summer which is in wonderful condition. I am totally new to Airstream and trailers. My power converter I believe is original and I have a new 12v rv battery. The power converter makes a load buzzing sound when I have it turned on to charge the battery, it never gives the battery a complete 100 %charge (even if I leave it on all day)according to my control panel. Is the noise normal or should I think about replacing it? I do not know the brand name as the trailer is now in storage and do not have access to it until April. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Oh yeah, one thisn I have noticed, the panel never reall show the battery as full, the best I get is 1/3. I have checked and 1/3 is full charge. You may want to get a battery meter. I've seen them that plug into the wall outlet....
Here is a pretty cool link too
http://www.ccis.com/home/mnemeth/12volt/12volt.htm
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Old 12-04-2005, 08:06 PM   #4
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Pin drop

Just switched out my converter for an Intelli-power converrter with charge wizard. OHHHHHHHHHHHHH is that the sound of a pin dropping that I hear? Couldn't believe how heavy the orginal was compared to my new unit.

When I initially started the ongoing deconstruction there was a massive box that was insulated around the converter - I assume to help contain any fire that should break out. The Intellipower unit has a fan and is not much different than my computer power supply - which incidentally does not need a fire blanket around it.

This leads to my question which is:
1. Does this unit need to be contained like the other as I can't see a reason to do that?
2. Under the old unit there is a hole in the floor with a corresponding hole in the belly skin. Can I now close this in as again I assume that the hole was for cooling the massive mundo-jovial converter that originally came with the Overlander without any fan?

Change your converter would be my suggestion!

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