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Old 10-15-2008, 07:15 AM   #1
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Hello all,
Well we took the AS on a trip to the new race in Charlotte. Worked great first day, on the second day we came back and the lights, and water pumps didn't work with the generator running. The air worked and anything that was plugged into the 110 oulets worked. I'm not sure what to think. I had the battery checked and they say its fried. All the wires on our 1977 23' Safari are at the front behind the sofa. All the fuses have been checked. The manual says I need a special tool to check the uni-volt, if so does anyone know where I could find one in the Raleigh-Durham area of NC? Lastly the power panel has no indication at all. I'm sure thats cause the battery is dead. Haven't been able to hook to shore power since I brought it back. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-15-2008, 07:50 AM   #2
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You didn't say how old your battery was.

I seem to recall it's been said that Univolt rebuilds are available but you'd still have a battery-boiling Univolt. I'd use this as a good reason to get modern with a WFCO unit. Are you close to Out of Doors Mart in Colfax? They've got excellent experience & reputation. If you're a DIY-er another person to talk to is Randy at BestConverter - Converters, Inverters, Electrical Supplies, Electronics. You've got to save the fuse panel IIRC.


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Old 10-15-2008, 10:11 AM   #3
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Battery almost two years old, Stored in climate controlled garage during winter months. I was reading another post about plugging in to shore power without the battery, I'll try that this weekend.
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:41 PM   #4
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Have your routinely checked the electrolyte level in the battery cells. Univolts are notorious for boiling batteries. If the plates are not covered by electrolyte the battery will be ruined in short order.

You can get an idea if the Univolt is working oK by checking the output with a voltmeter. As I recall optimal is about 13.5 volts and less than about 12 may be a problem. Someone help me out here if I have the voltages off.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:53 AM   #5
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Power problems

Checked fuses all good I was finally able to hook up to shore power. Still got the same thing. Air works and all the outlets work but no lights, water pump, or fans. Without further T/S I'm guessing the inverter finally bit the dust. Well the inlaws have finally admitted they won't be able to use it anymore and I have no place to keep the unit for once a year use so were gonna sell the whole ball a wax. Keep an eye on the classifieds sometime today I'll post my pricey AS and Ford Truck.
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Old 10-25-2008, 07:18 AM   #6
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I had a simular problem with our '75 23'. After doing some trouble shooting, I found the main battery/converter stud connection on the fuse panel loose. It was a 1/4" bolt, I believe that was the size, in the center of the fuse panel and it tied the positive battery cable, and the positive converter cable, to the positive buss of the fuse panel. After I tightened the nut, I had no more problems with the 12 volt system.


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