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Old 10-10-2017, 09:19 AM   #1
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How was 1961 Tradewind 12 volt system set up?

I'm referring about the battery and converter used. Was there a fuse box? I cannot find any of these three items on my new 1961 Tradewind . What do you recommend as replacements?
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The battery was usually on the outside front under the window. It was a more narrow battery than what is used today. The 110v and 12v systems are completely separate on 1961 Airstreams. There was no converter. Each light fixture had two separate lights in it, one 110v and one 12v. There was no 12v fuse box. Some trailers had a couple of 12v fuses in the front of the trailer behind a cover in the wall close to the floor. The 3 fans, furnace, stove vent, and roof vent, had transformers so they could be used on either 12v or 110v. I use to own a 1961 Overlander. You can search Airforums to see how others have converted their vintage Airstreams using a modern converter and 12v fuse boxes.
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Hi

A lot of boats got wired with the same "dual bulb" fixtures. They are out there in a variety of shapes and sizes if you want to "stay authentic".

The efficiency of LED's is way better than the old bulbs. There is very little disadvantage to 12V based lighting these days. 120V to 12V converters with 90% efficiency can be found. That's not a big deal since it's shore power ....

Any converter from 1961 is well past it's "use by" date. There is no good reason to hang on to one that old. The replacement could be < $120 if you are cheap. For a bit more you can get a very good one.

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If I was to upgrade to a Progressive Dynamic 9245 Converter and a fuse box, would that be safe and efficient 12volt system?
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If I was to upgrade to a Progressive Dynamic 9245 Converter and a fuse box, would that be safe and efficient 12volt system?
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There's nothing wrong with going that way. There are a *lot* of alternatives on the market. Things like solar panels and lithium batteries get tossed into some upgrades. If either of those is on your list, figure that out first.

As with any other part of the upgrade process "what's in your wallet" is part the decision. There are a lot of things like battery charge state monitors and battery temperature probes that will come in handy. They are not required items, but worth doing if you can afford them.

Another consideration - how much support are you likely to need doing this? Amazon will happily sell you a converter. A good dealer will support the converter to a degree that Amazon likely can't. Not a knock on Amazon, they are great. They just aren't going to help much with wiring questions ...

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There's nothing wrong with going that way. There are a *lot* of alternatives on the market. Things like solar panels and lithium batteries get tossed into some upgrades. If either of those is on your list, figure that out first.



As with any other part of the upgrade process "what's in your wallet" is part the decision. There are a lot of things like battery charge state monitors and battery temperature probes that will come in handy. They are not required items, but worth doing if you can afford them.



Another consideration - how much support are you likely to need doing this? Amazon will happily sell you a converter. A good dealer will support the converter to a degree that Amazon likely can't. Not a knock on Amazon, they are great. They just aren't going to help much with wiring questions ...



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I appreciate the advice and agree that a dealer will be more informative in regards to averting reverse polarity and size of wire for fuse box connections. Thanks
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