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Old 01-15-2010, 12:31 PM   #1
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Univolt location in a 62

If anyone know the original location of a univolt in a 62 Airstream please advise.

Bob or Dave if you see this and have an answer please call me as we are remote to the net and a neighbor needs the answer.

Others please post and i hope we will get the answer before we part company with the Airstreamer that needs the answer.
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:20 PM   #2
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What model of a 62 is it?? Dave
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:33 PM   #3
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I think the first year for univolt was 64, before that 12v and 120 were separate.

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Old 01-15-2010, 05:58 PM   #4
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i've been about all over a '61 bambi. have yet to find a fuse panel for 12 volts or a univolt. there is a breaker box and polarity bulb for commercial electric. the tow vehicle cable goes inside the shell with no place to see the connections for what it powers. i'm slowly redoing the electric and have yet to find the old. i've left in the breaker box and polarity bulb for looks.
the new is starting to stand tall as it should be!

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Old 01-15-2010, 06:05 PM   #5
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If anyone know the original location of a univolt in a 62 Airstream please advise.

Bob or Dave if you see this and have an answer please call me as we are remote to the net and a neighbor needs the answer.

Others please post and i hope we will get the answer before we part company with the Airstreamer that needs the answer.
Howie.

Univolts in any form, were not used until the 1964 models.

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Old 01-15-2010, 06:11 PM   #6
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Univolt

I believe the following is correct:

The first Univolt was introduced in 1964, but this was actually only a transfromer that transformed 120 Volt AC to 18 and 12 Volt AC. The first actual Univolt Converter that converted 120 Volt AC to 12 Volt DC was 1965.

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Old 01-15-2010, 07:35 PM   #7
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OK,how was the battery charged pre 64 ?? Dave
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pretty sure it was charged only by the TV. But in the case of dual voltage appliances there must be a transformer in the 120v line of the appliance.
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hi

sorry to may have misled. with my '61 bambi i said the tow vehicle cable just disappears. should have said: leaves the tow vehicle, goes to a junction box on the side of the tongue, 4 wires come out, 2 for the battery charge which in my case used to be on the tongue, 2 for the break-a-way brake things, then the same size cable disappears. only thing left for it to do in 1961 was interior lights, running lights, and water pump. so simple that's it's a puzzler....

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OK,how was the battery charged pre 64 ?? Dave
The battery could be charged when hooked up to the tow vehicle.

But you could also hook up a "battery charger" to the battery, and watch it so it didn't overcharge.

That was it from Airstream production.

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How hard would it be to find the charge line and DC wires and connect them to a converter and a fuse board. I'm not up on the pre 64 model wiring but it does not sound too complicated to me.
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How hard would it be to find the charge line and DC wires and connect them to a converter and a fuse board. I'm not up on the pre 64 model wiring but it does not sound too complicated to me.
The fact that you have nothing but a few 12v fixtures + a battery, no fuses or access to wiring your really starting from scratch ...
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How hard would it be to find the charge line and DC wires and connect them to a converter and a fuse board. I'm not up on the pre 64 model wiring but it does not sound too complicated to me.
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The fact that you have nothing but a few 12v fixtures + a battery, no fuses or access to wiring your really starting from scratch ...
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The charge line goes into an area under the belly pan, covered by a sheet of aluminum, usually on the right (curb) side of the trailer, near where the A-frame joins the frame. There is usually a self-resetting breaker there for the charge line.
I installed a converter under the kitchen counter next to the battery compartment, connected to several fuses, and replaced the self-resetting breakers in 3 spots in and under the trailer. I put a piece of clear Plexiglas over the fuse panel to keep metal kitchen utensils from shorting things out, and still tell at-a-glance if the fuses were blown.
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Bob are you too wiring a pre 64? Maybe you can help too. We are helping Howie find the wiring from where it exits and comes visable so we can see what we have to work with. Is it accessable in your unit? I'm figuring its a buried deep and curious if its accessible.
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