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Old 10-01-2010, 02:36 PM   #15
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Question New Power Coverter install

Hello all first post.. I have a 27 foot 1969 Ambassador. I just installed the Intelli-Power PD9270 (70 amp model). It went smoth and its running great. Suprised and happy it went so well.

Mine is located under the bathroom sink in the access hatch. I reused the old fuse pannel, and just tied direcly into it. There is not really any room next to the power coverter for a battery, is there any rule on how close the battery has to be to tie it in?

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Old 10-04-2010, 07:02 AM   #16
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Keith,

Welcome to the forums. It really is satisfying to have an upgrade go so well. Be sure and post some photos. My old fuse panel had some problems, so I just started fresh.

I would prefer to keep the battery as close as possible to the converter. Shorter battery leads are more efficient. I would like to see battery leads less than 8' long. If you go farther away, you should go to a larger gauge lead. I know some folks have gone much farther than that. Do some searching on the forums and you might find a more detailed answer. Where was the original battery box on your Ambassador?

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Howdy and welcome to airforums.com, Keith!

It's nice to change out the old power supply especially as most of them hum like a good thing.

However, I would recommend you consider changing out the old fuse panel as well. If yours is like mine at all, the fuse clips are corroded beyond safe use, and need to be updated.

For reasonable dollars, you can get a good one like this.

As a bonus, it uses the newer automotive-type fuses that can be bought at almost any gas station.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:35 AM   #18
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Fuse Panel

Thanks all!

I will take a look at the fuse panel closely. I will probley end up updating it. I will check the connections and see how bad they look. I don't want any fried wires! I thought about putting the battires in the Closet, but it will probley be close to 8 feet away... mabey I should move the inverter there as well? The only down side, is my wife would have to find a new place for her shoes!
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Wherever you put the batteries needs to be sealed off from the inside of the trailer and vented to prevent the buildup of explosive gases. Remember that you will have to extend the trailer wiring for all of the circuits if you move the location of your converter. I moved mine only a foot or so from the original location and did not have to splice any wires. I did replace the battery cables to gain about a foot of length.

My space is limited to one battery at this time. The battery box is located under the stove, with an outside access hatch. The door to the hatch is not in the best of shape. There is room for only one battery. I hesitate to do too much modification since I plan on tearing out the kitchen cabinets and redesigning the layout.

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Just a follow up post. Power inveter still working well, have not installed a battery yet, all the places we go have power hook up, and we are no were close to boondocking it yet... Next project is the axles... Wish me luck..
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Good luck. Sal.
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keithgrowe: you need to have a battery in your trailer when traveling otherwise the breakaway switch has no power to apply the trailer brakes should it come lose from the TV. The house battery provides the 12 volts for the brakes. Otherwise you don't need the battery when you have shore power.
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Tg, that's a good point to consider, I'll have to put it on my short list.
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