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Old 06-23-2009
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In our 83 it was wired to the ice maker and the one kitchen outlet below the control panel. I think that was it.

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great thanks Bill I knew there had to be an outlet somewhere
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Old 09-14-2009
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Can someone help with this it has a label that say Redi Line made by Rockwell I am guessing it is some kind of generator it has 12v in and 2 120v plugs out. Not sure how it turns on or if it work? I am adding a photo below. I is in the front compartment on the curb side.

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It is a 110 volt generator that runs on 12 volts. It was mainly for the ice maker or other AC stuf. I don't think it will run the AC, but others may know for sure. It is a pure sine wave unit, so good for sensative electronics. Most people replace it with an inverter.
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Wow, that's becoming more of a rarity to find a coach that still has a Redi Line generator. Kind of like a 1980's predecessor to today's inverter, it takes 12VDC and makes 110AC. Unlike an inverter its not very efficient (less than 1200W or so if I recall?). It has one outlet hardwired to it under the sink in your kitchen. It powers the ice maker when AC is not available such as driving down the road without the big generator running. You will see the associated relay under the sink. Some folks say if it still works then use it. I think whether it works or not if you have the money install an inverter instead and save 75 lbs. A modern inverter will go much longer on batteries than the old Redi Line and will work for dry camping.


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Can someone help with this it has a label that say Redi Line made by Rockwell I am guessing it is some kind of generator it has 12v in and 2 120v plugs out. Not sure how it turns on or if it work? I am adding a photo below. I is in the front compartment on the curb side.

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If you decide to switch it out for an inverter-charger, the conduit that runs from the compartment up the curbside pillar between the small and large side windows can make for a nice clean installation. It is large enough to pull six stranded #10 color coded wires and the communications line for inverter control to the junction box over the passenger's seat. From there you can pull 2#10 romex lines to the house panel and install a sub panel for what you want the inverter to run and the run back for the charger. The com line runs forward to the overhead dash panel. Need to vent compartment and install 300 Amp fuse too. Loosing the Redi-line also freed up a fair amount of space in the compartment, but got to keep gear below the vents.

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"Not sure how it turns on or if it works?"

As normally wired by BB: The Redi-Line generator is provided power when ignition is on...so to test have ign on and main engine running; shore power and gen off.
Then you need to place a load on the unit for it to start. The unit typically powers the kitchen outlet and the outlet beneith the sink where the icemaker and instahot are plugged in. Instead of waiting to tell if either icemaker or instahot is running, plug in a hairdryer or a toaster and turn it on high using the counter outlet.

If your get toast or dry hair...it's working!
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Garner, John, Bill & Frank,

Thanks for the help on this I will get it test later this evening, Bill that looks like a neat install and I will borrow your tips when that time comes. Frank when I was young before becoming a teen in lived in Woodbridge on a street call Harrison behind Marumsco Plaza which is on US 1. It has been a long time since I was there.

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plug in a hairdryer or a toaster and turn it on high using the counter outlet.

If your get toast or dry hair...it's working!
Frank,

I'm glad I didn't try your hair dryer test..........................I'd still be waiting for the dry hair results.

When I first got my 'Bird I asked the same question about how does the Redi-Line work, only to find out that it was broke, but I did find the relay in the stairwell compartment, with the Shore - Generator power switch-over controls and the ice maker on my FCRB model. The ice maker was powered by it but it was also broke and on mine the KEG COOLER (Budweiser Ordered Option) was powered by it and you had to roll out the KEG COOLER to find that other outlet. I removed the KEG COOLER and moved the outlet up to the counter-top and wired it and three other outlets around the coach into the Inverter that I replaced the Redi-Line with.

I haven't gotten rid of the Redi-Line because I had a buddy of mine repair it for less than $20.00 and I'm waiting for the next Hurricane to come close to South Carolina and then I will sell it, because anything like a generator or an inverter or Redi-Line brings a premium price when the power goes out I have the 15k generator on my 'Bird a 2k generator in the trailer and a 8.5k standby generator in one of the storage buildings here, so I'm ready.
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On my 1979, it is also supposed to run the 120V outlets for the backup camera and monitor. Mine's not working, but I have not investigated why. If yours works and you are junking it, I'll give it a good home.
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