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Old 04-01-2003, 07:37 PM   #15
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On my '03, I've only heard the fan once, but I know that the converter is running all the time since right now, it's plugged into the garage A/C power circuit right now.

I guess depending on how much draw can activate the fan. I did have everything on before I drove off with it.

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Old 04-01-2003, 09:48 PM   #16
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Great pics of the Bambi--We have what I call a 02-03 hybird. Lucky for us, without knowing, we purchased a model shortly AFTER they changed the black water tank to 18 gallon. We didn't however get the dual batt thing, but then you can't win them all. I do have some questions regarding your post. Seen the new versions at a Trailer show this winter. Not much different, liked the side electrical disconnect ,seem to be an improvement.I'd like to know where & when do you hear a fan running on your converter ? I was under the impression that the converter did not have a fan & I haven't heard one? Perhaps the 03 has a different set-up due to the dual batt. I'm under the impression that the converter has a step down batt charging system, which will not boil the batt dry. Also in one of your pics I see where you may have bolted on a friction sway bar? If so, how do you like it? I have had a terrible time trying to get the right owners manual from A/S. The one on-line appears to have the best one yet.appreciate any info regarding the batt set-up.
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Old 04-02-2003, 12:08 AM   #17
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The converter has a built in fan that will turn on dependent upon the air temperature in the converter unit. The heat is generated in the conversion process from 110 volts to 12. Heat load is dependent upon the air temperature within the trailer and the number of 12 volt appliances you have turned on. Using battery power without a 110 volt source will not generate much heat.

I am envious of Eric's dual battery hookup. Wish I had this on the Safari.

Cheryl, unless you have a battery isolator installed, I would always unplug the trailer umbilicle cord from the tow vehicle when not towing. That way if something goes south, you won't be pulling power from the vehicle battery.

Prior to pulling out, plugging in is one of the last things I do. Likewise unplugging is one of the first things I do, especially when we overnight and stay hitched.

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Old 04-02-2003, 12:21 AM   #18
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The '03 Safari comes with 2 batteries in a box behind the propane tanks, perhaps you can get a box from the factory and have someone install it for you. The way the new box is there in no longer an issue with sway bar installations. BTW, since November 2002 they have aluminum behind the stove. ONe thing about A/S, they don't stop improving!!!
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Old 04-02-2003, 11:44 AM   #19
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What Jack said about the fan......

As for the sway bolted to the "A" frame, it seems to work just fine. No problems at all as far as I can tell.

The dual battery was part of the "LS" package. I got mine more or less off the dealer's lot (he ordered it and got some of the "LS" features, but not all), saw it at the RV show and picked it up.

I have most of the "LS" package except for the black tank flush, larger BTU A/C, screen guard, the cool looking tail and running lights, higher flow pump. I think I have pretty much everything else.

I agree that you should be able to buy the dual batt box or other parts and install them. The wiring is very simple. I plan on calling A/S to see what the screen guards would cost since I have "the pooch" and I know the screen is going to keep getting beat by her snoot if I don't get it.

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Does the new duel battery box fit two group 27 or group 24 batteries. I am going to the factory this summer for some warranty work and might check to see if it is possible to convert to the new box.

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Old 04-03-2003, 10:11 AM   #21
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I got a good bit of requests for the pictures of the optional factory installed dual battery compartment on my '03 Bambi. So to make life easier for all, I posted the pics to my photo gallery. Simply click the photo button under this post to view.

Anyone that still wants them sent to them, I'd be happy to send them on as well.

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Thanks for posting that. I had planned to remount the battery down to that location on our 59. the current battry box is mounted to the front below the window and in bad shape. It also hangs over the tanks and is limiting us to 20lb units. I had not thought of putting 2 batteries there but it appears to fit quite well. Do you have some measuements of that box so I can see if there is one of simular size available.
Looks like I have a new project!
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Sure! Here is what I have found:

Front to back(length) is 14"
Left to right (width) is 17"
Top to bottom (depth) 10 1/4"

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Thanks!
I'll have to see if I run accross a box close to that size. I was going to just put the battery in a boat battery box but that looks so much better. Looks like there may be enough room to set a EU2000 honda on top as well for travel. Don't like the idea of putting the generator in the tow rig or in the camper with the gas and stuff.
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Old 04-03-2003, 11:36 PM   #24
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Sure thing. Check with the factory to see if they can sell you the box or at least give you the name of the manufac. There are no names or any markings on the box--I checked.

Ruebel, the batts that are in the box now are group 24s. If you have measurements of the 27s, you can get a rough est based on the numbers above.

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I went and eyeballed the tounge...I'm going to be lucky to get one battery in between the frame rails little lone two. I really want to get two on there. looking at your pictures it appears that the tounge is longer on the newer units and spaced farther appart at the front wall as a result.
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Just a thought.....

59, if your AS has a front couch or gaucho, is it possible to move/mount batteries under it? My 72 has plenty of room, but would need larger wiring, as the current battery is wayyyyy in the right rear corner, with the Univolt. I have also thought of mounting one in the credenza, and venting it behind the fridge, but worry about sparks, as the fridge is a 120 V only model. I suppose I could get a longer length of vent hose and run it up to the top fridge vent.
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59, if your AS has a front couch or gaucho, is it possible to move/mount batteries under it? My 72 has plenty of room, but would need larger wiring, as the current battery is wayyyyy in the right rear corner, with the Univolt. I have also thought of mounting one in the credenza, and venting it behind the fridge, but worry about sparks, as the fridge is a 120 V only model. I suppose I could get a longer length of vent hose and run it up to the top fridge vent.
The older units like ours has the Air over water pressure system. The water tank is mounted under the goucho as is the Grover air pump. The side opposite of the grover pump is the lines coming out of the tank. Only place I could move it to is the rear storage compartment under the bed.

This unit is set up simular to a bambi in that the bed is all the way at the back and the bath is becide it. Trying to watch the weght that ends up behind the axle. I'm also concerned about the battery venting. That's a closed space that also houses the water heater and the Univolt and it will have a inverter as well. Possibly an A/C unit.

Looks like I'm stuck with just a single battery on the front.
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Old 04-04-2003, 04:41 PM   #28
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Well, I like the two batt option, but I don't have that as an option in my car. In that case, I got the biggest most powerful I could get my hands on.

Maybe you can't fit two, but maybe one "Tim Allen" type of deep cycle batt could be better than a basic single unit.

Just a thought....

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