Originally Posted by dudebb
Thanks guys for setting the record staight on the 64 vs 62 Bambi. I'm new to this and depend on the expertise of the group to keep me honest! Since the 64 Bambi [II] was renamed a Caravel
in 65 - would the Caravels be a good source for Janice to research? Thanks, George
Airstreams changed from year to year, and though they sometimes are similar from year to year, that is not always the case. The 1965
17' Caraval is a full width trailer (same width as longer trailers from 1965); the 1964 Bambi II is not. It is a scaled down trailer, both narrower and shorter than all other 1964 trailers. The 1965 Caravel
is not a renamed 1964 Bambi II, its a whole new trailer (notwithstanding RJ's comment).
Moreover, the wiring for all 1964 Airstrerams was transitional. It was the the first year for the Univolt but the wiring differed from later years. For 1964, all electrical fans and the water pump motor were run on ~18.8 volts AC, not on 12 volt
DC current. I think (but am not positive) that in 1965
a rectifier was added to the Univolt so the fans and pump motors operated on DC current instead of AC current. That's one reason why a 1965 Airstream is a misleading example to follow. Again, you'll end up getting your wires crossed.
So here's a simple suggestion. Instead of trying to figure out the electrical wiring for a 1964 Bambi II from a different year and model Airstream trailer, stick with a 1964 Bambi II as the proper template, as Janice requested in her first post. The 1964 Bambi II Owner's Manual has a wiring schematic that may help, so I recommend Janice obtain a copy of that owner's manual. As us handymen sometimes remember, when all else fails RTFM. But please realize the manual's electrical wiring diagram is only a schematic, which is a simple representation of the actual wiring. It is not an exact engineering drawing of every wire down to the precise location and type of each connection. And if some prior owner liked his wiring ideas better than the factory's, the challenge to sort it all out increases. But it can be done with patience and a VOM (volt-ohm meter), a name that reveals too much about my age.
So Janice may want to shop for and purchase a Digital Multimeter.
With best wishes from the twin lead world,