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Old 07-13-2009, 08:28 PM   #1
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Univolt replacement Question

I am replacing the Univolt in my 1972 Overlander. My question is. Is the univolt grounded anywhere other than the batery? I don't see a ground to frame.

Please excuse me if this is a redundant question, this is my first post and what a wealth of information I have gathered on this site.

If anyone has problems with round taillight cans like the ones on my unit, I have a fis for them.
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:41 PM   #2
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This thread should answer most of your questions.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...wer-53084.html

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Thanks Robert, I still didn't see anything about grounding the unit to the frame. Gues I don't need to worry about it.
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I don't remember a ground from the chassis of my 71 Univolt to the trailer frame. However, my Intellipower does have a place to attach said ground. I assume this is due to new safety practices or code that was not in place in the 70s.
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Thanks Robert, I still didn't see anything about grounding the unit to the frame. Gues I don't need to worry about it.

I'm in the process of changing out the Parallax in the Classic right now, it does have a solid copper wire from the housing of the converter to a common chassis ground.
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I think it was grounded. It is grounded through the Ac feed wire... you know the one ...three solid copper wires one black, one white, one bare to a screw in the case.

Sorry but I don't know the exact correct terminology but it was grounded with the bare copper wire to the breaker panel then to the frame.

And the negitive terminal of the battery
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My '73 has a ground to the inside aluminum wall going over toward the Univolt. Problem is I can't remember where it attaches on the Univolt end. You need that ground to make the running lights and a couple of other inside lights work. I'll take a look at it later today and post back here. Sorry I can't be more help right now.

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Just looked at it. The ground to the interior wall is bonded to the main ground coming off the Univolt--the same wire that goes to the battery. Looks like a 10 gauge wire. That's how it's done in the '73. If your running lights won't work, I'll bet it's pretty similar. Let me know if you need more info (Pics, etc).

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