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Old 09-09-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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Can this be done?

With our 1959 Pacer, we kept the original 120 volt overhead light. It is a great looking fixture we think but want to be able to use it also on the 12 volt system if we boondock. Is this possible? What is involved in doing it if it can be done?
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:08 PM   #2
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I am sure it can be done. Do you have a photo of the light?

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Old 09-09-2013, 08:15 PM   #3
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In our 1960 Pacer all the interior lights (three) were 120 V except for the light fixture in the middle of the ceiling, which had sockets for both 120 V and 12 V bulbs. (That was the only 12 V device in the trailer; the '60 Pacer did not originally have a coach battery, just a connection to the tow vehicle battery.)

One option is to put in a small inverter to give you enough 120 V to run the lights from the 12 V battery. We did that and it worked pretty well with compact fluorescent bulbs in the 120 V sockets. (We also added a coach battery.)

Alternatively, you could run a 12 V wire to the fixture and put one or two LED lamps inside the fixture to provide 12 V lighting when boondocking.
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I just got a 59 pacer. I haven't checked it out, but I'm pretty sure the setup is just like Nuvite-F described for his 60. So you should have a 12v line running to the overhead light already.

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Old 09-09-2013, 09:35 PM   #5
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We will check that out...thanks.

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In our 1960 Pacer all the interior lights (three) were 120 V except for the light fixture in the middle of the ceiling, which had sockets for both 120 V and 12 V bulbs. (That was the only 12 V device in the trailer; the '60 Pacer did not originally have a coach battery, just a connection to the tow vehicle battery.)

One option is to put in a small inverter to give you enough 120 V to run the lights from the 12 V battery. We did that and it worked pretty well with compact fluorescent bulbs in the 120 V sockets. (We also added a coach battery.)

Alternatively, you could run a 12 V wire to the fixture and put one or two LED lamps inside the fixture to provide 12 V lighting when boondocking.
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Thanks for that info. We learn something new every time we turn around. Keeps us on our feet.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:43 PM   #6
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Something to check out

[QUOTE=kevinb;1352223]I just got a 59 pacer. I haven't checked it out, but I'm pretty sure the setup is just like Nuvite-F described for his 60. So you should have a 12v line running to the overhead light already.

Kevin[/QUOTE

DH will be checking that out in the next few days. Every day is a new day with Airstreams. It will be interesting to see what he finds. He is going to look it over and hopefully we can boondock with this little trailer.
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