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Old 04-29-2006, 08:10 AM   #15
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So THAT'S what that switch was for!

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One last thought for you, and some may think it is silly, yet it is so simple it can be overlooked. Many people in the past, realizing the univolt cooks batteries, put on/off switches behind the couch to keep that from happening, yet allowing the shore power to stay plugged up to allow use of 110 volt appliances. When the batteries went low, they would turn on the switch, and the univolt would charge the batteries. Does yours, by chance, have one of those switches?
You just solved a major "headscratcher" for me! My old Univolt was wired directly into the 110V line with wires going up to something I couldn't see, rather than being plugged into the "patio" socket like my Intelipower unit is. They must have been going to that (now functionless) switch installed by the PO! I had never used the Univolt and had never bothered to trace out the wiring. When I got the trailer, the first thing I got rid of was the Univolt since I had heard so many complaints about them. Thanks!
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Old 04-29-2006, 08:35 AM   #16
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You just solved a major "headscratcher" for me! My old Univolt was wired directly into the 110V line with wires going up to something I couldn't see, rather than being plugged into the "patio" socket like my Intelipower unit is. They must have been going to that (now functionless) switch installed by the PO! I had never used the Univolt and had never bothered to trace out the wiring. When I got the trailer, the first thing I got rid of was the Univolt since I had heard so many complaints about them. Thanks!
Whoa. Can you explain what the that second sentance means "Rather than being plugged into the "patio" socket like my Intelipower unit is"? I'm not sure I understand what this means. Do you mean that there is a new outlet put inline with the patio outlet (the one that's on the outside of the trailer, that you plug your patio lights into)? and the Intellipower is plugged into that new outlet?
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Old 04-29-2006, 10:01 AM   #17
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On my 75 the power convertor is plugged into the same circut as the patio outlet. The PO had a story about that when I bought the unit. He had someone plut their trailer into his patio outlet when camped one time. When the PO went to bed he turned off the breaker to stop the hummmm. When he saw the person next door he had a rather ugly gash on his head. The neighbor explained that last night the power had gone out and smashed his head into a window when he was looking for the problem. Ouch!
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Old 04-29-2006, 02:14 PM   #18
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Ah ha. Got it.
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Old 04-29-2006, 04:02 PM   #19
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I'd check on the reliability stats of the 9200 series converter/charger before I did anything. Poor reliability of this series led me to the WFCO. Compare at Bestconverter.
I hope this does not come back to bite me. I will be changing it out as I replace the axel.
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Old 04-29-2006, 08:26 PM   #20
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After a little research, I changed out the Parallax converter that came from A/S in my 19CCD with a new WFCO. Great little unit and from what I've read......very reliable! The old (actually new) OEM unit was working fine, I just wanted 3 stage charging in one complete unit.
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:26 PM   #21
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Mine is getting replaced with an Intellicharger this weekend. I am reading 29 volts AC, at the battery terminals, with the battery connected!
Aren't those old Uni-Volts nuts? Mine did something similar. That is the bridge rectifier going in them.
Did yer battery survive? Mine did.
I replaced mine with an Intelli-Power 60 with the Charge Wizard. Now my neighbor uses my converter to charge his battery for his pop-up!
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:27 PM   #22
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Got my Univolt out this afternoon. She put up one heck of a fight. Could not get the nuts to come loose, due to the bolt turning. So I got a pry bar and pried the bolts up through the plywood. I am going to take the fuse board out of the Univolt and use it with the new Intellicharger. A few pics below. This old unit has bad caps and rectifiers, it is putting out 29 volts AC
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Old 04-29-2006, 11:47 PM   #23
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Got my Univolt out this afternoon. She put up one heck of a fight. Could not get the nuts to come loose, due to the bolt turning. So I got a pry bar and pried the bolts up through the plywood. I am going to take the fuse board out of the Univolt and use it with the new Intellicharger. A few pics below. This old unit has bad caps and rectifiers, it is putting out 29 volts AC
There is someone on the forums that has step-by-step procedure on how to remove the old fuse panel and mount it in a project box. It is on their website and I cannot remember what I did with the link.
My Minuet had the fuse panel in its own little box already. It was easy for me to replace mine.
You will love the new converter, buddy. I have had mine in for over a year now. My neighbor wants me to replace his so he does not have to keep coming over and yanking out my battery!
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Old 04-30-2006, 09:28 PM   #24
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I have some empathy for you as I just did the same today. I managed to get the bolts out after cutting the AC power line. Since my uni was in the bathroom closet I leaned against the tambour below my sink, now I have to realign it. What's the old uni good for. I am afraid to use it as an anchor, I may get a citation for discharge of deleterious material t a surface water?
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Was quite a move to remove mine, I had to trim the plywood wall, and now I try to find someone around me where to buy a new "univolt"....
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Forget another univolt.. good only for boat anchors.. we replaced our univolt in our other Argosy with the intellipower.. and never regretted it.. Annie
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Old 05-04-2006, 06:01 PM   #27
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I recommend either an Iota from solarseller.com or a WFCO from bestconverter.com. I have dealt with both and they were very nice to work with.
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I will order a WFCO; but before, I would like to know how difficult it is to plug it, because whit the univolt, everything is simple, the pink wire to the pink plug, etc... you guys konw what I mean,
any advice or pics of how it has to be plugged in,
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