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Old 08-02-2012, 02:38 AM   #1
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'67 Caravel electrics - advice please

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Can anyone give me some info on this unit. I don't believe it has any 110v input but the switching is prompting me to delve further. It recently stopped working and I plan to replace it with an Inteli-Power 9270.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:03 AM   #2
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Can anyone give me some info on this unit. I don't believe it has any 110v input but the switching is prompting me to delve further. It recently stopped working and I plan to replace it with an Inteli-Power 9270.
It has to have 110 input to work on "City Power" It may be disconnected at the moment.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:07 AM   #3
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Which wire is which?

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These are the other pics that I have. Is there any obvious way of detecting the 120 input as I can use it to power the new converter?
There's no obvious transformer down to 12v.
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It looks like that panel is the 12V side of the converter. From the breaker box (where the shore power cord connects) you should be able to find a wire running to the converter. The newer converters have a standard plug on them. I installed a new 120V outlet box under the sink in the bath next to the breaker box and ran the cable that used to go directly into the old Univolt into the outlet box. Makes it easy to unplug the converter if I need to take if off line and also gives me another 120V outlet in the bathroom. The panel you pictured is the 12V box and you can either stay with it or install a new one. I kept my old 12V box since it was in the "Central Control" in the galley. I cleaned all the connections ( I have aluminum wire) and all works fine.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:25 AM   #5
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I see!!

So, I have to play, "hunt the converter". The shore power enters a junction box at the other end of the "electrics" storage under the sofa, then down the chassis to a breaker box in the bathroom wardrobe. I'll start there.
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I think a PD 9270 is a bit of overkill. Most seem to be happy with a 9245 or at most a 9260. The last two numbers are the amp capacity. Initial charging with a very low battery may be a bit higher with a higher capacity unit, but it quickly tapers off to something the battery can deal with anyway.

Just something to think on.
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I had a 67 Caravel. My converter was under the sofa bed, between the wheel well and the bath wall.
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:03 AM   #8
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I had a 67 Caravel. My converter was under the sofa bed, between the wheel well and the bath wall.
I know you're right! I know the bit you mean and your description of it's location is spot-on!

I agree that the 70 Amp is, as we British so quaintly put it, "Gilding the Lilly". However, I don't have a choice in the matter. My friend recently imported a Tradewind and I recommended he get a new converter. When it arrived we discovered it had a fairly new hybrid(120/12v) unit.

I took the chance to buy it at cost as the only supplier of them over here, a man who shall remain nameless lest I am compelled to slander him, charges $ 550 for a 30 Amp!

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