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Old 08-25-2010, 11:11 AM   #1
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It's me again! 1977 Prowler

I want to thank those of you that have replied regaurding my isses with my trailer. I think the biggest issue is my lack of knowledge with camping trailers in general. Having said that, i'm trying now to understand the battery versus the AC juice. when you plug the trailer in at the campsite does that automatically take over for the battery? This trailer has no air conditioning so no issue there. How does the battery recharge itself? Thye fridge has a recepticle that is plugged into the back of the unit, does the pilot light still have to be lit? fridge doesnt seem to be responding just with the electric on. Have been having fun camping in it. It is in very good shape for a 1977! Just need to learn more about these things Thanks!
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:50 AM   #2
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I am pretty sure in your case you have two separate systems, a 12 volt primarily to run your lights and water pump, and AC, which may run different lights and the fridge and air conditioning if you had it. I don't think there was a provision on these models to charge the battery, although it should get a charge while you are towing from the tow vehicle.

The pilot does not have to be lit for the fridge to work on electric. You need to give it 24 hours after turning it on to tell if it is cooling. Is it working on gas?
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:13 PM   #3
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My dad bought a 77 Prowler, 24 foot, brand new, and here is what I remember. The trailer was "dual wired". It had one set of lights for 12 volts, small kind of flat fixtures with 1156 automotive bulbs. It had another set of lights that were 120 volt AC, using normal household bulbs. The furnace fan had a switch to operate either 12 volts from the battery, or from 120 volts while plugged in. The pilot on the refer had to be lit manually, and then the gas turned on, or it would run on 120 volts. I don't remember there being a converter or any way to charge the battery while plugged in. Dad parked it permanent, and the battery was never an issue.
Water heater was also manual and had to be lit from outside. His trailer didn't come with AC either.

Hope some of this helps.
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:01 PM   #4
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thanks for taking the time

Thanks for the info it all helps!
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:06 PM   #5
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We are always glad to help so don't hesitate to ask us anything you need to. It may test us a little with a rig that old but we will certainly give it a shot. My first experience with trailers was with a 1970 Terry model my dad had, then he got a 1976 model so I have some recollection of how things worked in those days.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:36 PM   #6
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i still got all the original manuals for a 79 prowler
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Does anyone know what size tire a 1977 prowler - 20 foot - takes
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:56 AM   #8
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Camper - Prowler pictures by ANTheStuff - Photobucket

pics of my destruction of my prowler. on the right hand side is the albums for all the manuals that came with it. might say there.

closest thing i could find offhand.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:51 PM   #9
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is the Prowler a Forest River product?
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I don't think Prowler was ever a Forrest River product. In 1977 they were Prowler. Later they were bought by Fleetwood. I think Fleetwood went under a couple of years ago, economy took them out. Just my memory, you can do your own research.
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