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Old 04-24-2005, 02:56 AM   #1
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can anyone what to replace the univolt converter in 28 Argosy with
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Old 04-24-2005, 06:04 AM   #2
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can anyone what to replace the univolt converter in 28 Argosy with
I just picked one up from, Inteli-Power and Charge Wizard (FREE SHIPPING)
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Just be sure to mach up the amperage with the one you are replacing.

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Old 04-30-2005, 09:47 AM   #3
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Univolt Replacement

I just received a new Parallax 7400 series Converter/Battery Charger (the actual model is 7455 for 55 amp output) from Andy at Inland RV and am going to install it in my 1967 Safari this weekend. They told me this is the unit that they replace all vintage Univolts with up to current trailer models, and that it appears to be very reliable. You can find it on their website at Inlandrv.com under their parts sale items. Cost was $240.00 plus shipping and handling of $15.00 to send it from California, to me in western Illinois. I looked at many brochures and this price was the best I found and everyboby else was quoting 2-3 weeks delivery. Inland shipped mine on Monday the 18th and it arrived here on Saturday the 23rd of this month...fyi
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Old 04-30-2005, 11:42 AM   #4
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I replaced my heavy, noisy Univolt with the Intellipower with charge wizard for $195.00 (with shipping included - ASForums discount price) from "bestpower.com". Ordered and received in three days! Piece of cake (once I knew what I was doing - thanks ASForums! ) to install.

I don't even know that it's working, its so quiet! We have a 76 26ft Argosy Trailer.
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Old 04-30-2005, 11:49 AM   #5
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Nice, did you install the Charge Wizzard too? That thig is so quite I had to check the output to make sure it was working
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Old 04-30-2005, 12:01 PM   #6
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Yup!

I know what you mean about quiet! I first though I messed up the install, but then the blinking light on the "wizard" told me I was charging, and the brighter interior lights told me I wasn't getting full power ("more power Scotty!") before!

Works like a charm!
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Old 04-30-2005, 02:03 PM   #7
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You can (and perhaps should) go with a higher rated charger than what your Univolt is rated for. We are replacing our unit with a 60 amp charger (Intellipower). Bigger is better but less is not more.
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Old 04-30-2005, 03:48 PM   #8
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I know what you mean about quiet! I first though I messed up the install, but then the blinking light on the "wizard" told me I was charging, and the brighter interior lights told me I wasn't getting full power ("more power Scotty!") before!

Works like a charm!
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That's too funny, that's what I said when i put on all the lights!
Before it was like "It's breaking up Cap'n! She cannot take much more!
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Old 04-30-2005, 07:59 PM   #9
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That's too funny, that's what I said when i put on all the lights!
Before it was like "It's breaking up Cap'n! She cannot take much more!
ROTFLMAO!
I know what you mean!
I replaced my "musical Uni-Volt" with a 60A InteliPower with the Charge Wizard too. I did not but it from www.bestconverter.com but I should have! He is about $20 less than I paid for mine!
That thing was the EASIEST to install and I know they last as I had one that I installed in my Argosy 24!
You cannot go wrong with the InteliPower converter/chargers! Guaranteed, you will not replace your battery all of the time because of overcharging!
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Old 05-01-2005, 11:31 AM   #10
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Is this safe?

I have a 45amp Univolt in my 1975 Tradewind that I want to replace with the Intellivolt. I have an AC unit up top and I'm told I need at least a 60 amp Intellivolt. (Thanks for the info balgrn)

question... I am not sure what the impications are here with increasing the output on my electrical system. Is it safe to do this? Will the airstreams wiring handle it okay?

My knowledge of these things is pretty limited but I'm sure there must be limits as to how much current can safley be passed through those wires...

Any help on this will be greatly appreciated.

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The larger amperage will only come into play when the draw its there. Your fuse panel will not allow you to overload a circuit of fixtures. The biggest benefit is that the charger will recharge a drawn down battery 25% faster than the old univolt.
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Old 05-01-2005, 01:45 PM   #12
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The larger amperage will only come into play when the draw its there. Your fuse panel will not allow you to overload a circuit of fixtures. The biggest benefit is that the charger will recharge a drawn down battery 25% faster than the old univolt.
The Charge Wizard also monitors the battery's charge and adjusts the amount of charge to the battery based upong battery condition. I have not replaced a battery since I switched to replacing the UniVolt with an InteliPower and Charge Wizard.
I have also heard good things about Todd Engineering's stuff. Not sure about the company name but a buddy of mine swears by their converters.
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I have a 45amp Univolt in my 1975 Tradewind that I want to replace with the Intellivolt. I have an AC unit up top and I'm told I need at least a 60 amp Intellivolt. (Thanks for the info balgrn)
The A/C runs from the shore power. There is no draw from the converter.

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question... I am not sure what the impications are here with increasing the output on my electrical system. Is it safe to do this? Will the airstreams wiring handle it okay?
You are fused according to what the circuits can handle. If you have a 15 amp fuse it will blow way before the wires overload.
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Ahhh...

It all seems all so simple and obvious now that you say it. Thanks all for the great answers!

Looking forward to not hearing that buzzing...

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Oh yeah, I'll be definatley installing the Charge Wizard as well...

Thanks again.
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Oh yeah, I'll be definatley installing the Charge Wizard as well...

Thanks again.
Remember to get it at www.bestconverter.com
He is a fellow forum member that never hawks his wares when answering questions, (an important bit of information). He also offers a discount to fellow forum members, (another important bit of information).
Good luck!
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Will this Inteli-Power and Charge Wizard fix my problems? Right now I have problems with the 12v system. I will go to the beach and come back and the 12v stuff will be off. I have to play around with connections, etc. to get it to come back on....it comes back on weak. Then after a while it will be better only to go off again in 5 hours. The person I bought my AS from has a small battery charger charging the battery. (like one you would slow charge your car battery with overnight)
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Will this Inteli-Power and Charge Wizard fix my problems? Right now I have problems with the 12v system. I will go to the beach and come back and the 12v stuff will be off. I have to play around with connections, etc. to get it to come back on....it comes back on weak. Then after a while it will be better only to go off again in 5 hours. The person I bought my AS from has a small battery charger charging the battery. (like one you would slow charge your car battery with overnight)
Just as a casula observation, it seems that your Uni-Volt is not charging the battery. There is another thread in here where one of the guys posted a drawing of the 12VDC circuit as it comes out of the Uni-Volt. Your Uni-Volt is supposed to charge the battery AND run the 12VDC stuff. It seems that your Uni-Volt is not doing this on a regular basis.
This is all speculative because I am not looking at your wiring. If the wiring for the 12VDC ciruits has been "modified" then you will have a problem there. What year is your trailer? I have the service manual for the 1978 Airstreams. Should you need the 12VDC wiring diagram I have one.
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Remember that if you use a much bigger capacity charger and you use the original fuse distribution board, that the fuse is rated at 40 amps going to the battery. Therefore if you discharge the battery to dead state and the charger comes ON it will most likely blow the fuse and the battery won't charge. Everything else on 12 volts will run but your battery will stay dead.
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