New to this--to this forum and to airstreams too. Your patience and help is greatly appreciated! I just bought a 67 overlander I am planning on using as my primary residence, it's in great shape and I am now trying to learn the various systems in order to figure out how to customize to my needs.
As far as the electrical system is concerned, there is no battery, univolt system, or voltage panel in the compartment where they once were. I am trying to figure out what to do with the electrical and in order for that I need to understand a few things. If you could either affirm or correct me where needed I would be greatly appreciative!
The univolt system, as I understand it, is a converter that turns 120V grid power into 12V
that will charge a battery that will then run most of the 12V
system, thus, if I don't have that, plugging in the 120 won't do much besides run the Air conditioner and a few other things? Will it also cause problems or do I need to worry about stray voltage? I would like to be able to plug into the grid, though i am also and probably more interested in setting up an off grid solar setup (I will be parked not traveling, and likely far from grid power). Solar seems to make sense, as the system is already (mostly) wired for 12V
and I could thus theoretically get away without an inverter, at least for the time being? My electricity needs are fairly minimal... a basic system of a couple of panels, a couple batteries, a charge controller should then provide for most of my needs. I am used to living off the grid and rather find alternatives that adapt to less electricity than the other way around. Is there anything essential I will absolutely need 120V for?
These are ideas and questions both. I am interested to hear how other people have adapted or upgraded old electical systems in their airstreams, particularly as regards off-grid capabilities. I just wanted to get this ball rolling, I am sure I will have many more questions as I gain information. Thanks to all who take the time to read!