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Old 07-22-2011, 12:10 PM   #15
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Hello Kevin,

I appreciate this information.

This past owner said it was a 1964, but I think he was mistaken , and I am pretty sure it is a 63, and that is why I changed it on my profile, in fact one of the sets of key holders he gave me say 63 A/S and he didn't even realize this.

Hope fully this works,

This next picture is of the AC cable,

Out side hot water heater,

Inside hot water heater,

This next one is of the inside of the refrigerator,

It says I can run this on DC, but my question would, is that off the battery ?, if so how long will the battery last ?, and how does it get recharged ?

So much to learn, and so little time.



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Old 07-22-2011, 12:49 PM   #16
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The pics. didn't get posted in proper order, and some not at all, the Ac cable is of coarse the DC cable. As you can see it seems to be in pretty good shape, we'll see if things work pretty soon.



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Old 07-22-2011, 01:23 PM   #17
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Greetings Ken!

I am fairly confident that your hunch is correct and your coach is a 1963. What I can comment based upon your photos:
  • The original furnace exhaust vent is present on the streetside of your coach so the original furnace may very well be in its cabinet behind the exhaust vent.
  • The photo of the exterior of the water heater has the appearance of an original Bowen, but it appears that the LP line and controls are missing -- otherwise, the heater appears to be in remarkably good condition (lack of visible rust/corrosion).
  • I am fairly confident that the compartment on the curbside is where the battery would reside, and it appears that it likely accommodates the Group 24 battery rather than the farm implement battery of earlier years. The battery would still be charged through a charge line from the tow vehicle's charging system.
  • The message about DC on the refrigerator puzzles me. I suspect that the refrigerator is likely not the original unit found in the coach from the factory. During this period of time, most of the Dometic refrigerators utilized in Airstreams were either strictly LP or LP/120-Volt. DC refrigerators didn't become available until sometime in the late 1970s unless I am totally mistaken (which is a possibility).
If the coach's refrigerator is truly a 12-volt, you will definitely need some method of auxilliary charging as the DC refrigerator in my Overlander takes a significant amount of energy to maintain cool -- at least with my 1999 DC refrigerator initial cooling needs to be done with either LP or 120-volt electric.

Just a suggestion - - if you want help understanding the operation of any appliances/accessories in your coach -- a make and model number along with a photo can be of great help in gaining the necessary information.

Good luck with your investigation - - getting acquainted with a new coach is always interesting!

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Old 07-22-2011, 02:24 PM   #18
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That is a 63. 64's had fewer segments in the hemisphere. The burner is missing from the water heater, so you likely need to replace it. There was no converter in many of the 63's so you will need to install a battery charger or converter. The refrigerator is not original. The outside metal looks good. Teardrop running lights are cheap through PLL. Orange in front and Red in the back.
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:38 PM   #19
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Thanks to both of you for the information. As far as the marker lights go, what is PLL ?

I do have the original Carlson furnace LP heater, first chance I get I will make sure nothing is blocking the LP lines. It does not make any noise when I turn the gas on and the pilot won't light.

I do have the gas valve for the water heater, I haven' hooked it up yet because I am so lost with everything else, but thanks to people like all of you I know I will get the hang of it.

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