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Old 07-05-2013, 10:58 AM   #15
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No, we replaced a dometic 100 with the new used 2652.

If the converter is bad, would it still be humming, because it sure does hum like it's working?

The RM 100 was what was in my 1976 Sovereign as well, so there is no 12v power connection where the refer goes so a 12v supply line will need to be run for the new/used RM2652. Someone I am sure can respond on how to do this.

Yes humming means the converter is working, are your lights in the trailer working. More than likely you have the original converter in your trailer. Converters have come a long way since then and do a much better job of proving clean 12v power and charging your battery. They are also much quieter. Here is a link to BestConverter.com BestConverter - Converters, Inverters, Electrical Supplies, Electronics

Randy is a forum member and can guide you in selection of a new state of the art converter that best suits your needs.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:04 AM   #16
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Aha! The humming is a dead giveaway as to what you probably have: the original converter, the infamous "Univolt".

If that's true, I would heartily recommend that you replace it with a new, modern converter. Sorry to say they run around a couple of hundred dollars, but will run silently, and most importantly, will take much better care of your new battery. They use an "intelligent" charging system that has three different stages of charge to give the right power to you battery automatically, when needed.

Also, your new-to-you refer does need 12 volts. This is from the manual:

This refrigerator model is not designed for 12 volt DC operation of the cooling system; however, 12 volt DC must be supplied to the refrigerator to operate the controls.


So, that's why I said now is the time to turn your attention to the converter. We had a heck of a time with our 12V system until we replaced our converter. Don't waste your time with the Univolt, it's time is done, Kimberly.

You will also need a new fuse panel, since the one in the Univolt is likely finished, but they only run around $30 for a nice one.

Again, while it's not complicated to do this work, you need to have a clue about 12V power. But I did ours, so it's not rocket surgery, as they say
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:09 AM   #17
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Here is the Airstream Univolt story from BestConverter.cpm.com with the suggested new converters and fuse panel. Call Randy he will take care of you.

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Old 07-05-2013, 11:27 AM   #18
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Hey Guys?
This is just an idea but might there be someone in the area -by Kimberly- that might be able to go by and look at the trailer? I know there is a section on the forum that has inspectors or locations of people. I never can find it
We could go but we are just a bit too far.
Husband has been in their shoes, at the beginning of our honeymoon, and it was not fun around here.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:52 AM   #19
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Love that idea, Janie! So, went out to the camper with my son who is a lineman and knows a little about electric. He noticed that not only is the converter humming, it's warm and he thought that meant it was working. Maybe the battery was bad even though it was new. Maybe my hubby hooked it up wrong! Doubtful thought. Here's my problem, for now, if the univolt works, I'd like to put off buying a new one until I recover from a tremendous amount of unexpected money already spent on the camper in a weeks time. Used my savings to buy the camper....the guy said we'd need a new refer, so bought one, but had to pay more than what he said it would cost. Knew it needed new tires, bought those. Was told it needed a new battery, so bought that and now wondering if it was the battery or the converter. But, when we got home, the camper had a side window that was shattered. The dude we bought it from had the side windows and bathroom window covered with tin. He said it was for extra privacy. I now feel that the window was already shattered and we didn't notice due to the tin. Once home, we didn't like the tin and took it off only to discover the window. So, that was another unexpected HUGE expense. I'm pretty broke for now. We bought the camper from a preacher and I'm beginning to think he was a crooked preacher. I wonder what else we will find that's wrong with it that he didn't tell us about.
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Sorry for that long post. Just felt the need to vent.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:07 PM   #21
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If your lights are working in the trailer then the converter is supplying 12v and as long as you are on shore power you can get buy without the battery. The converter does two things converts 110v to 12v for the 12v lights, fans, etc and it charges the battery. The battery sole purpose in your 1979 trailer is to provide 12v power for the lights, fans, etc while you are not hooked up to shore power for as long as it holds a charger. The battery recharges when you are hooked up again to shore power. So if you have lights now while hooked up to shore power with the battery removed your converter is working and you can put off getting a new converter for now. If the microwave is working you have 110v as well. Does the Air Conditioner work. What brand name is it. The old univolt will run warm.

Pictures of your trailer inside and outside views would help.

Remember this trailer is 34 years old.
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Yes, I have lights even without a battery. We are hooked to shore power. So, I still have to have the battery to operate the fridge?
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Ok, I'm re-reading your post, adonh. I see where you put the purpose of the battery. Since the converter didn't charge the battery, maybe it's a bad new battery?
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Yes, I have lights even without a battery. We are hooked to shore power. So, I still have to have the battery to operate the fridge?

No as I said the only purpose of the battery is to operate the lights etc while not hooked up to shore power, boon docking. If you can get a 12v power supply to the fridge it will provide the 12v power it needs.
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Ok, I'm re-reading your post, adonh. I see where you put the purpose of the battery. Since the converter didn't charge the battery, maybe it's a bad new battery?
The charger portion of the old univolt is probably bad. So for now while on shore power the converter portion is working. So the battery is not an issue for now. Hopefully someone will jump in and direct you on how to find a close 12v source to run a supply line to the new/used fridge. Lets handle one project at a time. Successfully completing a project energizes you to move on the next one. Remember this 1979 Argosy is 34 years old. Look at some of the threads where others have started in your position and then look at their before and after refurbishing efforts.
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Thank you, adonh! Yes, we need to get the 12 volt to the fridge first. I really don't foresee us being anywhere without shore power in the near future, so I can relax about that issue for now.
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let us know how this comes out.
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We think we know what we have to do now, but one question....is it possible to hook to the outlet behind the fridge or do we have to hook it something else that's 12 volt?
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