Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-01-2003, 11:26 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
wildcat455's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 11
vintage airstream battery

ok, getting close to getting on the road here in my 61 Overlander. Now to replace the original style battery. I don't plan on using an inverter/converter. just go with the original dual 110 / 12 volt wiring system. The trailer has a front mounted battery box, accomodating a long thin 12 volt battery. My question, I've located an interstate battery that will fit, it's a convention tractor/commercial type. Wondering would it be better to search for an rv deep cycle type? Or should I stick with an auto type battery since the only recharge it will probably get is from my tow vehicle or the occasional battery charger at home. I don't plan on using the battery that much, certainly not to run any major appliances at length, and at home I have a 110 hookup. Comments? Thanks Mike

wildcat455 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2003, 11:41 PM   #2
Retired Moderator
john hd's Avatar
1992 29' Excella
madison , Wisconsin
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 4,644
Images: 40

if you found one that fits go with that.

interstate has a good warranty.

not having to redo the battery box is a plus!


john hd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2003, 07:26 AM   #3
Rivet Master
59toaster's Avatar
1959 22' Caravanner
Atlanta , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 2,197
Images: 22
I doubt your going to find a Deep cycle in that size. That trail really predates Deep cycle.
I'm impressed that you found any battery in that size. I was guessing that they held two 6v batteries wired in Series.

Our 59 had a larger box made for it. It's in bad shape. I'm moving the battery to the top of the A-Frame.
1959 22' Caravanner
1988 R20 454 Suburban.
Atlanta, GA
59toaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2003, 11:25 AM   #4
1 Rivet Member
wildcat455's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 11
I guess I'll go with the interstate battery. Being a novice, I was just curious if there was any downside to using a conventional car/truck/tractor battery over the rv/deepcycle. I'm guessing that the inverter/converter use is designed for the deepcycle batterys.
wildcat455 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2003, 12:50 PM   #5
4 Rivet Member
Jabba's Avatar
1955 30' Liner Commodore Vanderbilt
Wayne County , Michigan
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 420
Images: 17
It'll work...

Hi Mike,

That Interstate battery is what I had to use in our '55. They don't make a deep cycle in that configuration due to the cell layout (must have 2 rows?). Ours is working well so far. Only thing that runs off it consistently is the water pump. Top it off with a charge before and after each trip and you should be good to go.
Jason & Veronica J.
S.E. Michigan
1955 Commodore Vanderbilt 30'
TAC Member MI-6
2008 Chevy Silverado Ext. Z71 w3.73
Jabba is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vintage Airstream Floor Plans Davydd General Interior Topics 8 07-05-2008 06:20 PM
Vintage Bambi battery hookup & DC questions Rosemary Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 6 12-25-2003 11:11 PM
Longest Trip with a Vintage Airstream Pick On The Road... 7 11-03-2002 07:44 AM
airstream! airstream! airstream! 83Excella Our Community 0 03-23-2002 10:37 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:37 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.