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Old 10-06-2021, 10:21 AM   #1
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1966 17' Caravel
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1966 Caravel Electric questions.

I posted this same post under electronics instead of here. So this is a repost.
I took more my 1966 Caravel to Airstream to have a new a/c installed. One has never been installed before. They gave me a crazy high price of over $4000 in labor to do it. I went out yesterday and talked to the tech and have a little better understanding of what is going on. So here are a few questions i have.
The instruction sheet from Airstream says 60" from the 1st rib is where the wires for the a/c have been run by the factory. When you measure back 60 inches it butts you almost at the start of the rear vent. So essentially you would lose the use of the rear vent due to the overhang of the a/c.
On the forward part of the square for the rear vent is electrical wires. He says one is 12v and one is 110. they make a connection there and run on to the water pump and electrical outlets. He says if he hooks up to the 12v wire that when i use shore power it will fry the Fantastic fan. That makes no sense to me. If you can not connect to those wires with a 12v fan why would they be there?
They think the original Univolt is bad. I was planning to replace it anyway.
I have my electrician coming to look at the camper. Airstream is more than happy to let him do what needs to be done with the electrical. What setup do you suggest? My univolt is currently in the compartment where you store the shore power cord. Then on the inside streetside a foot away the battery is located under the seat. Then in the opposite direction wires run through the wall to the breaker box.
There is a set of 12v and 110 wires next to the breaker box not connected to anything and I assume they are the wires that are maybe the wires that hopefully are in the ceiling for the A/C.
My inside skins are in really good shape and they are fearful when removed they won't stay that way. They said you can no longer get the original skins. trying to avoid that.
My end game is to have an electrical system that can run the Fantastic Fan, The penguin 2 A/C unit, have the ability to add solar, and have a monitoring system so I know what battery bower I have and a simple way or automatic way to switch from shorepower to battery or battery to shore.
Thanks for any advice and I am set on this a/c unit.
I have some pictures but can not figure out how to attach them.
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