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Old 06-18-2006, 03:44 PM   #1
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Question What was behind this door?

I just bought a 1976 AS Sovereign 31ft from an RV dealer near Toledo, OH. And after getting new tires all around and a wheel bearing re-pack, I safely towed it 700 miles home. It's in GREAT condition and I am pleased with my purchase. Now, I'm in the exploratory phase, looking in all the drawers, cabinets, every nook and cranny, ect., examining everything in detail to familiarize myself with exactly what I have. When I asked the dealer about the DC Converter during my "check out" phase, he said that they had replaced it with a new one. I asked where it was, I wanted to see it. He said it was under and in back of the stove, not a place you could "see" the Converter. A few minutes later, I got down on my knees and pulled the door open and looked under the stove and I could see the water pump, but no Converter. I could see that there was some positive charge current going into the battery (the trailer was plugged into 117VAC) by looking at the ampmeter on the control panel. So, I concluded there must be a DC Converter back there somewhere. When I got home and was poking and looking, I discovered the little sliding door, just to the left of the entrance door. I opened it and there was a DC fuse board with several connections....and a fairly large space/platform behind the stove where something used to be. That "something" is now missing! Clearly there was somthing in question is "what was it"?
Then I plug the trailer into the house current and put my voltmeter directly across the battery terminals and there was 13.6 volts there, indicating it was receiving a charge from somewhere. The voltage dropped to 12.5 volts when I removed the house current, further confirming the presence of a charger. Now, I'm wondering how I can further prove to myself that there is a Converter behind the stove without having to remove the stove to "see" it!!

Any ideas? And.....what was in that empty space behind the stove? Thanks, Bill
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Old 06-18-2006, 04:05 PM   #2
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Hi Bill ~

Congrats on your purchase. Sounds like you're having a great time exploring and getting to know your Sovereign. Try using a small hand held mirror back there if you can get your arm extended behind the edge of the oven. Just a thought.

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Old 06-18-2006, 04:30 PM   #3
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Someone probably replaced the (huge) old Univolt, and replaced it with an Intellipower, or other converter, which is about 1/4 the size, and 1/10 the weight. It could be nestled in behind something, and not be readily visible.
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Old 06-18-2006, 05:07 PM   #4
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This is a comment for the Newbies out there. You just have no idea how much stuff there is to see behind drawers, in crevices, in storage compartments, under, over and between the major appliances and the operating systems in an Airstream! If you are the curious type, it will take you hours to "see" and check out everything!! ......but it's a "fun" thing!! Chief Inspector, Bill
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:21 PM   #5
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Hi, Bill,

If your 76 is like my 79 with the oven just to the left of the entrance, there's a space to store folded lawnchains there, right behind the oven.

It's a safe bet that your converter is not very far from the fuse panel. With the old ones, all you have to do is to follow the HUM.

It's a good idea to get the owner's manual and carry one or two spare fuses for every circuit in the trailer. A short in the two vehichle can blow fuses in the trailer. (Ask me how I know.)

Also, if you're lucky, the dealer will have stashed the instructions for the power converter somewhere in the trailer. (My PO had put everything back to the mid 80's in a drawer in the galley.)

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