Location of New Power Converter & Outlets - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-25-2012, 07:44 AM   #1
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Location of New Power Converter & Outlets

Hi folks, seeking information, suggestions and advice on the location of New WFCO 8955 Power Center Converter Charger with it's own fuse panel
in a Uhaul ct13. Along with (2) 110 outlets and (1) 12 volt outlet.
I am just trying to take in information now as I have already bought this thing. If I decide not to use it, it will be for sale. (I have no power now just a household extension cord, all 12volt wires cut)

My location concern is:
1. The power Center needs ventilation and is wall mounted, I am at a loss as to were to locate it without losing valuable storage space under bed, as I will be storing clothes and stuff under the Dinette/Bed, which I will leave in Bed position.
2. I do not feel good about cutting anymore large holes in the fiberglass
rear bench. Won't it hurt the support strength for the bed?

Battery Location: I have taken the majority advice here and decided to leave the battery inside in it's original location and vented.

Location of outlets: My thoughts,
1. 12 volt outlet above the ashtry to the left of sink cabinet. HA, it will look like a cigarette lighter.
2. First 110 outlet to the left of this same ashtray.
3. Second 110 outlet on wall left and above the second ashtray.
Second ashtry is located on the right outside wall of storage closet.
4. Alternate location to the right side of stove cabinet.

Front Bunk: Future plans are to turn front bunk into Front Dinette that can be converted back to single bed if needed. Upper bunk is gone and I wouldn't use that anyway.

Things I want to plug in When I have shore power: Coffee pot, Radio/CD player, toaster oven. I do not have a TV, never watched it in the woods,
never missed it. But one rainy day I might want one. I am putting in a vent fan also.

It has been suggested to me to try and use the Original Uhaul Power converter if I still had it. It's there but rusted and the cord has been cut off. However, if this would accomadate my needs best then I will sell the new WFCO 8955 power center converter.

My trailer also has a room size window unit air conditioner in the rear half of the window. One day I will remove it and replace the window.
For now just want the power working.
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My location concern is:
1. The power Center needs ventilation and is wall mounted, I am at a loss as to were to locate it without losing valuable storage space under bed, as I will be storing clothes and stuff under the Dinette/Bed, which I will leave in Bed position.
2. I do not feel good about cutting anymore large holes in the fiberglass
rear bench. Won't it hurt the support strength for the bed?
Do you still have the furnace? If not you could mount it there. You might mount it to the floor with an adapter bracket and locate it over by the water tank, freeing up the right rear compartment. Or mount it sideways. I doubt it has to be level to work.

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Location of outlets: My thoughts,
1. 12 volt outlet above the ashtry to the left of sink cabinet. HA, it will look like a cigarette lighter.
2. First 110 outlet to the left of this same ashtray.
3. Second 110 outlet on wall left and above the second ashtray.
Second ashtry is located on the right outside wall of storage closet.
4. Alternate location to the right side of stove cabinet.
I plan to pop out the inner removable ashtray and put a 12 volt outlet in the remaining socket so it is recessed. I hate making new holes.
Is your original 110 outlet over the sink, on the end of the cabinet still there? Not a bad place and there should be a hole there already. You will want to use braided wire for 110volt wiring and 12 gauge would be a good idea if using toaster oven.
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If I understand your post correctly you really just want to know where or how to mount the new converter?

It seems obvious to me to first try to get it where the U-Haul one is?
I would take out the old one as it is likely not much more than a transformer that can also bulk charge a battery?
If the new one has a modern multi-stage charger in it then your battery will more properly be charged and in all ways it should be better than the old one.

If the new converter does not fit where the old one is then you will need to decide where it can live and move it in there.

If you need to cut a hole for it and are worried about the strength of the remaining fiberglass you can reinforce the hole opening once it is cut.

You could also build a box for it and surface mount it somewhere but not really knowing your rig it is tough to get more specific for me.

It doesn't really matter where or how many outlets you have or install as long as you have as many as you need.
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Do you still have the furnace? If not you could mount it there. You might mount it to the floor with an adapter bracket and locate it over by the water tank, freeing up the right rear compartment. Or mount it sideways. I doubt it has to be level to work.

I plan to pop out the inner removable ashtray and put a 12 volt outlet in the remaining socket so it is recessed. I hate making new holes.
Is your original 110 outlet over the sink, on the end of the cabinet still there? Not a bad place and there should be a hole there already. You will want to use braided wire for 110volt wiring and 12 gauge would be a good idea if using toaster oven.
Thomas, Oh "Electric King"... I will use your suggested wire gauge and type. Thanks.
I think the ashtrays are cute.(That's a woman for ya) But that is an excellent location suggestion for the 110 outlets.
My concern about the location...of converter, it's need for ventilation verses my need for storage. Folks say, it should be as near battery as possible The measurements are 13.875" Wide X 11.62" high and 9" deep
The above kitchen sink is valuable storage area...and I agree, I hate to cut the fiberglass.

I do still have the furnace, rusted and Don't know if it works, But need heat, camp in winter. Another forum maybe. What about below the heater?
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If I understand your post correctly you really just want to know where or how to mount the new converter?

It seems obvious to me to first try to get it where the U-Haul one is?
I would take out the old one as it is likely not much more than a transformer that can also bulk charge a battery?
If the new one has a modern multi-stage charger in it then your battery will more properly be charged and in all ways it should be better than the old one.

If the new converter does not fit where the old one is then you will need to decide where it can live and move it in there.

If you need to cut a hole for it and are worried about the strength of the remaining fiberglass you can reinforce the hole opening once it is cut.

You could also build a box for it and surface mount it somewhere but not really knowing your rig it is tough to get more specific for me.

It doesn't really matter where or how many outlets you have or install as long as you have as many as you need.
Ed, Thanks, the converter cannot go where the old one is because it needs to be wall mounted and needs ventilation. The old is located, inside the left rear compartment.
Here is a link for the cinverter:
WFCO 55 amp POWER CENTER Converter Battery Charger RV WFCO8955MBA | eBay
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If I understand your post correctly you really just want to know where or how to mount the new converter?

It seems obvious to me to first try to get it where the U-Haul one is?
I would take out the old one as it is likely not much more than a transformer that can also bulk charge a battery?
If the new one has a modern multi-stage charger in it then your battery will more properly be charged and in all ways it should be better than the old one.

If the new converter does not fit where the old one is then you will need to decide where it can live and move it in there.

If you need to cut a hole for it and are worried about the strength of the remaining fiberglass you can reinforce the hole opening once it is cut.

You could also build a box for it and surface mount it somewhere but not really knowing your rig it is tough to get more specific for me.

It doesn't really matter where or how many outlets you have or install as long as you have as many as you need.
Thomas, this is the link to the power converter:
eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices
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Ed, Thanks, the converter cannot go where the old one is because it needs to be wall mounted and needs ventilation. The old is located, inside the left rear compartment.
Here is a link for the cinverter:
WFCO 55 amp POWER CENTER Converter Battery Charger RV WFCO8955MBA | eBay
If there is space inside the compartment where the old one is then why not just build a box around the new one and stick it in the same spot?
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........ What about below the heater?
That might work. It is kind of wasted space now. But, wow, almost a foot high.........
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If there is space inside the compartment where the old one is then why not just build a box around the new one and stick it in the same spot?
If you look at an illustration of this converter, it is really made to be wall mounted with full access to the face.
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If there is space inside the compartment where the old one is then why not just build a box around the new one and stick it in the same spot?
The repair man said I need to ventilate it and wall mount it to the inside of trailer. The panel on front of the power center lifts up to change or add fuses and breakers etc. Old converter location even with a box... well I might have to be a contortionist to get to it
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If you look at an illustration of this converter, it is really made to be wall mounted with full access to the face.
That's Right Thomas...I am listening to what you think.
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Hmmm...maybe under furnace with face toward front of trailer, by door?

Depends on height of converter where it has to clear underside of furnace.
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That might work. It is kind of wasted space now. But, wow, almost a foot high.........
Do you think I should sell it and get a different one? This is what the repair man said most the manufacturer's were putting in new
campers now.
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I fully understand what both of you are saying regarding the Converter box and access to it.
I am just thinking a little "Outside the Box" as far as installation as you seem determined to not install it where you might if you cut a hole for it?

By building a box around it you would be "putting it in a wall" and I am sure it would still get adequate ventilation if the old one did in that same spot.

The need for access is really for when you are installing it and if you need to change a blown fuse but otherwise not really an issue. If you can stick it where you can reach it then you can change a fuse.

The ideal will be to find a spot,cut a hole and away you go but short of that.........
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