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Old 08-28-2004, 11:34 AM   #15
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Good catch John, I reread the thread and now see he is going to use an Optima. It may be time to get an intellipower, it has settings to charge different type of batteries so it won't kill a gel based or glass mat battery.
If I dive off the deep end, and decide to add the Intellipower to my already overflowing list of must haves, do I need to keep and adapt the Univolts fuse panel, or will my life be complete, the sun will be bright and the birds will sing if I merely replace one with the other?

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Old 08-28-2004, 11:55 AM   #16
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If I dive off the deep end, and decide to add the Intellipower to my already overflowing list of must haves, do I need to keep and adapt the Univolts fuse panel, or will my life be complete, the sun will be bright and the birds will sing if I merely replace one with the other?

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My understanding is that you will need the fuse panel from the Univolt, believe there are some pictures posted somewhere around here? I am considering the upgrade to Intellipower along with a marine style 12v circuit breaker panel...

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If I dive off the deep end, and decide to add the Intellipower to my already overflowing list of must haves, do I need to keep and adapt the Univolts fuse panel, or will my life be complete, the sun will be bright and the birds will sing if I merely replace one with the other?

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It is one of those it depends things

Depending on the year the fuse panel is part of the univolt. Yours could be in a remote location. If it is remote, then you are golden. If is part of the univolt, you will either need to dissect the univolt to reserve the panel, or get a replacement. If you get a replacement you could get one that uses the new blade style vs. the older glass fuse model. Most marine stores will sell a fuse block that can be mounted remote, just be sure to get one with enough slots.
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It is one of those it depends things

If you get a replacement you could get one that uses the new blade style vs. the older glass fuse model. Most marine stores will sell a fuse block that can be mounted remote, just be sure to get one with enough slots.
Well, since the company I work for sells a multitude of hot rod, race car and performance parts, including electronics from this company http://www.painlessperformance.com/catalogframe.htm
I'll probably use one of their fuse panels if I need to switch. I'm hoping I don't have to switch anything out, but we'll see. Their complete fuse panels have circuits I don't need, along with some flashers and relays, but I can exclude those and relabel as needed.

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I'll probably use one of their fuse panels if I need to switch. I'm hoping I don't have to switch anything out, but we'll see. Their complete fuse panels have circuits I don't need, along with some flashers and relays, but I can exclude those and relabel as needed.

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There will only be 4 to 6 circuits to feed from the battery. The 4 fuse holders X 2 plus a couple of maxi fuse holders for the main feeds would do.
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Major Kewl! I want the flashers...be the FIRST in YOUR at your Airstream rally with the neon and really cool flashing light system. Gotta love it, if we want flashers we just plug one in the 7 way. Makes you easy to find and the life of the party

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Back in E.E. school I was learned about P=IE , it has something to do with cooking desert, me thinks. The prof said something about power, but all I do is get hungry?? Go figure !!
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Back in E.E. school I was learned about P=IE , it has something to do with cooking desert, me thinks. The prof said something about power, but all I do is get hungry?? Go figure !!
Actually, P=IE has two different versions, the beta mode, and of course, my personal favorite, P=IE ALA Mode.

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Major Kewl! I want the flashers...be the FIRST in YOUR at your Airstream rally with the neon and really cool flashing light system. Gotta love it, if we want flashers we just plug one in the 7 way. Makes you easy to find and the life of the party

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I'm surprised, you sound like you've never seen an A/S with a flashing disco ball, Malibu curb lights and an assortment of body mounted colored lights that flash in time to the music. What... am I the only one?

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Discounts, we don't need no stink'n discounts! (actually, we don't sell to the public, we sell to the jobbers, who sell to the public)
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I'm going to be testing my Sovereign's elctrical system this weekend, in order to find out why some things work and others don't, as I mentioned before. I'll be checking the Univolt and fuses, and installing a brand spank'n new Optima battery.

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Thanks in advance, as the emergency room may not let me thank you after the fact, plus there will be lawyers and such hang'n 'round, it could get ugly.

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get me out of my confusion here. I thought Optima was gell cell until I went to their site and it said is was a lead acid with thin coiled plates instead of thick straight ones. I'm thinking of them so would like to find out.

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get me out of my confusion here. I thought Optima was gell cell until I went to their site and it said is was a lead acid with thin coiled plates instead of thick straight ones. I'm thinking of them so would like to find out.
Optimas are not gell cell. They call it an 'electrolite starved' battery, which simply means, there is no free electrolite in the battery. The lead plates are seperated by an electrolite soaked pad and there are no vents. That means the battery can be mounted on it's side, upside down whatever. Even if the battery was cracked or split, no fluid would leak out. I'm not sure if the lack of electrolite is the reason it's not supposed to be used with a Univolt.

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