Airstream Travel Trailer Bambi 2023 Batteries User Manual

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Airstream Travel Trailer Bambi 2023 Batteries User Manual

Batteries

Depending on your chosen option, your Airstream may have lead acid, AGM, or lithium iron phosphate batteries. Each battery has its unique characteristics. Refer to the battery manufacturer’s manual for operation, servicing, and state of charge (SOC) information. Battery capacity is measured in AH (amp-hours), which refers to the amperage a battery can provide for one hour. For example, a 100AH battery can provide approximately 100 amps for 1 hour. Likewise, it can provide 1 amp for 100 hours. With the formula A (amps) x H (hours) = AH (amp-hours), you can roughly calculate how many amp-hours you are using if you know the total current draw of the device(s)/appliance(s) in use. For example, if an appliance draws 10A and is on for 2 hours, the discharge would be approximately 20AH. Many factors affect the state of charge, and because of this, the runtime can vary greatly. The faster a battery is drained, the less overall amperage is available. The AH rating drops the faster you use it. The industry standard rating is “C-20” or 20-hour rating, which is the energy a battery can deliver continuously for 20 hours at a given temperature. If a battery discharges over 20 hours (or longer), it should provide 100% of its rated capacity. Capacity diminishes when discharging at higher currents in less time.

Battery Maintenance and Storage
Lead Acid Batteries

Lead Acid Batteries require periodic cleaning and occasionally need refilling. Because of the corrosive nature of battery acid, you must take certain safety precautions when servicing them. Follow the battery manufacturer’s instructions for service and storage, and wear proper protective gear when handling batteries. Lead acid batteries are generally maintained and stored as follows: Maintain a clean battery top and check terminals and cables for tightness and cleanliness. A dirty lead acid battery will dissipate its charge through surface contamination. Ensure the caps are in place and tightly sealed before cleaning. If the baking soda/water solution used for cleaning gets into the battery, it will neutralize the battery acid. Clean the top of the battery using a ratio of two tablespoons of baking soda to a pint of water. Clean the battery terminal connectors with a wire or nylon brush to remove dirt and corrosion. Ensure the terminals are tight and free of corrosion. During winter, lead acid batteries should be removed from the trailer and stored in a cool, dry place where there is no danger of freezing. They should be clean and properly filled. Charge every 30-60 days. A battery that is allowed to lose its charge completely will never regain its original power or fully charge. When leaving the battery in the trailer, it is unnecessary to leave it on charge. Disconnect the negative battery cable to prevent the battery’s inadvertent discharging, which may lead to a complete discharge.

AGM Batteries
AGM batteries require very little maintenance other than keeping them clean and ensuring tight terminal connections. For information on how to properly maintain and store AGM batteries, consult the battery manufacturer’s instructions.

Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries
Lithium batteries require little maintenance other than keeping them clean and ensuring tight and clean terminal connections. Lithium batteries must be stored with a full charge and disconnected from loads by removing the negative cable. For information on how to properly store lithium batteries, consult the battery manufacturer’s instructions.

WARNING
Before removing the batteries, verify that shoreline power is not connected. The risk of electrical shock may be present.

WARNING
Be sure to reconnect the battery cable terminals to the correct battery posts. Failure to do so could damage the battery and connected systems and potentially cause injury.

CAUTION
Avoid letting the battery get too low in charge, and never store a battery without fully charging it first. Keep your battery in a cool and dry place with plenty of ventilation, and remember to recharge as directed by the battery manufacturer.

NOTE
A battery will self-discharge 1-3% per month at 80 degrees. Depending on environmental conditions, this discharge rate may increase.

Lithium Battery Cold Weather Operation
Lithium batteries may not charge properly during cold weather usage if the temperature is below 35°F. Because of this, manufacturers may incorporate an internal heating system, allowing for use in colder climates and expanding the temperature restrictions for the battery’s internal Battery Management System (BMS). If equipped, the heating element may be enabled and disabled by an installed switch or automatically by an internal temperature gauge. Once on, the heating element will automatically engage and disengage as temperatures rise and fall.

Water Pump
Water Pump Access Locations
The 16RB model has a water pump and filter located under the roadside dinette seat. Access is gained by lifting the seat cushion to reveal the access panel.
The 19CB model has the water pump and filter located under the Stove. Access is gained removing the bottom drawer. The 20FB model has the water pump and filter located under the roadside dinette seat closest to the lavvy. Access is gained by lifting the seat cushion to reveal the access panel.
The 22FB model has the water pump and filter located under the roadside wardrobe. Access is gained by removing the felt covered lower wardrobe shelf. The winterization kit is located under the galley. Remove the bottom panel to access.

Strainer Cleaning
Locate the water pump and housing cap. Turn housing cap counterclockwise to remove cap and carefully pull out strainer. Clean strainer in small bucket of clean water or under running water. If necessary, clean strainer in a detergent solution. Install strainer and housing cap, being careful not to damage housing cap seal.
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Fresh Water Tanks and Draining

Drain Valves
Drain valve locations are listed below by model; however, it may be helpful to know how to locate them should this information become outdated due to a change in mid-production.

To locate internal low-point drain valves:

  1. Look for a water line (usually white, red, or blue)protruding from the exterior underbelly. It will be a bare line with no valve. There may be two or more.
  2. Establish a reference point to something inside the trailer, such as a window or vent.
  3. Once inside, use your reference point to locate where the water line comes out of the floor. Trace the water line to the nearby low-point drain valve connection.

You can find where water lines come through the floor and locate valves by removing access panels inside or under furniture near your reference point; others are accessible by removing a drawer or opening a cabinet/compartment door. Sometimes access to internal valves is gained externally from inside a storage compartment. To locate external fresh water tank valve(s), look for a white PVC petcock valve or in-line brass valve(s) mounted to the galvanized steel underbelly. For more information on the plumbing layout, see Fresh Water Layouts on page 8-23

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To access the single internal low-point drain valve, remove the access panel below the roadside dinette seat cushion. The two external freshwater tank drain valves (brass) are on the galvanized steel underbelly; roadside.Airstream Travel Trailer Bambi 2023 Batteries User Manual 03

To access the two internal low-point drain valves, remove the access panel under the mattress. The single external fresh water tank drain (petcock) is on the galvanized steel underbelly; roadside. To access the two internal low-point drain valves, remove the access panel below the front dinette seat cushion. The single external fresh water tank drain (petcock) is on the galvanized steel underbelly; roadside.  To access the two internal low-point drain valves, remove the bottom wardrobe shelf/access panel. The single external fresh water tank drain (petcock) is on the galvanized steel underbelly; roadside.

Opening and Closing Valves
To open brass or plastic in-line valves, turn the handle to align it with the waterline. For valves connected to the end of a water line, align the handle with the valve’s opening. To open petcock valves, turn the handle perpendicular to the mounting surface until it is facing outward.

Fresh Water Tank Draining
Pumping the water out with the self-contained water pump can empty the fresh water tank. Simply turn on the pump switch and open a couple of faucets until the water will no longer drain out, or use the white petcock-type and/or brass type drain valve(s) located on the freshwater tank pan. Be sure to watch closely and turn the pump off when the tank runs dry.

CAUTION
Do not let the pump run dry for extended periods of time as this could damage the pump.

Sanitizing
Potable water systems require periodic maintenance to deliver a consistent flow of fresh water. Depending on use and the environment the system is subject to, sanitizing is recommended prior to storing and before using the water system after a period of storage. Systems with new components or ones that have been subjected to contamination should also be disinfected as follows:

  1. Use one of the following methods to determine the amount of common household bleach needed to sanitize the tank. a. Multiply “gallons of tank capacity” by 0.13; the result is the ounces of bleach needed to sanitize the tank.
  2. Multiply “Liters of tank capacity” by 1.0; the result is the milliliters of bleach needed to sanitize the tank.
  3. Mix the proper amount of bleach into a container of water.
  4. Pour the correct amount of solution (water/bleach) into the Fresh Water tank and fill with potable water.
  5. Open all faucets (hot and cold) allowing the water
    to run until the distinct odor of chlorine is detected.
  6. The standard solution must have 4 hours of contact time to disinfect completely. Doubling the solution concentration will allow for contact time of one (1) hour.
  7. When the contact time is completed, drain the tank Refill with potable water and flush the plumbing of all sanitizing solutions.

Reference Links

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