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Old 12-12-2002, 06:45 PM   #1
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Anybody replace their converter? and had good product results?. I have the magnetek 3220 and it charges the battery at a blistering rate, and the battery wire gets almost red hot, I doubt this is an intelligent charger, would like to install a converter that won't require a home loan, and that I could leave our scamp parked for a week or so, without coming back to ashes, sure would appreciate some help on this. Paul Smith Orlando Fl.
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Old 12-12-2002, 07:54 PM   #2
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Paul you’ve come to the right place. I know of two members on the group that have worked on their converters.

Morgan upgraded his converter. I’ll let him tell you what he did.

Lou Edwards just replaced his converter with a different brand that has a 4 stage charging circuit. I’ll see if I can have him jump in here to let you know what he did.
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Old 12-12-2002, 07:58 PM   #3
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:wave Paul,

OK, I found Lou’s post. Click Here - Converter to see his post.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3df946493464b9145-converter.jpg/>
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TIP: I used the Search button in the upper right corner and typed in “converter”.

I hope this helps.
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Old 12-12-2002, 08:02 PM   #4
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* * * * * * Paul you’ve come to the right place. I know of two members on the group that have worked on their converters.

Morgan upgraded his converter. I’ll let him tell you what he did.

Lou Edwards just replaced his converter with a different brand that has a 4 stage charging circuit. I’ll see if I can have him jump in here to let you know what he did.
Paul,

I upgraded the converter in my Casita. It had a Magnetek 6300 so that would not help you, sorry. Lou completely replaced his converter, you might need to do that.

You should not leave that thing hooked up with your battery connected even momentarily. It'll fry the battery in short order.
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Old 12-13-2002, 06:34 AM   #5
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You keep talking about these things, and I don't understand, so I'll see if I can get it straight.:o
Paul and Libby Smith, have a converter that converts too guickly so it almost burns up the trailer so they want one that won't:sad
Morgan Bulger says, leave that thing hooked up with your battery connected even momentarily. It'll fry the battery in short order.:omy

question???? a converter converts 110 to battery power, right?
the converter should recharge you trailer battery for times you don't have electric, right? or maybe
but it charges too fast? looks like the manufacture didn't know what he was doing. I forgot my question.:wak
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Old 12-13-2002, 07:33 AM   #6
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* * * * * * You keep talking about these things, and I don't understand, so I'll see if I can get it straight.:o *
Paul and Libby Smith, have a converter that converts too guickly so it almost burns up the trailer so they want one that won't:sad *
Morgan Bulger says, leave that thing hooked up with your battery connected even momentarily. It'll fry the battery in short order.:omy *

question???? *a converter converts 110 to battery power, right?
the converter should recharge you trailer battery for times you don't have electric, right? *or maybe
but it charges too fast? *looks like the manufacture didn't know what he was doing. *I forgot my question.:wak *
JJ Pullstrailerwithyellowescape,

You're right, a converter converts 110VAC to 12VDC. It has two sections. One section provides power to DC loads like lights, the other provides power for charging the battery. The battery charging section should regulate the voltage and current to the battery to prevent overcharging (charging too fast or too much). It should also stop charging (or taper the current down to a trickle) when the battery is fully charged.

Paul's converter is supplying too much current to the battery, thus overheating the wires.

Paul,

It's possible your battery is already fried. If it has one or more shorted cells, it could draw excessive current from the converter. A smart converter should prevent that, I don't know how smart your 3220 is.

You might pull the battery out and have it tested.
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Oh!! thanks Morgan, I know I ask what a lot. I appreciate the help. :jump-r This make sense now.
do all converters charge the batteries? Could I have one that only converts? I guess it says on it somewhere, I should go look.
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Old 12-13-2002, 09:29 AM   #8
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http://www.progressivedyn.com/_frames/fram...converters.html

MOD.No.___DESCRIPTION_______________________PRICE EACH
PD9140R___40 AMP ELECTRONIC POWER CONVERTER__ $126.00
PD9105____CHARGE WIZARD______________________$29.95

Paul:

Progressive Dynamics lists a 'remanufactured' intelli-power converter that will work with the charge wizard. Looks like a great combination for the money.:)
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Old 12-13-2002, 10:19 AM   #9
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* * * * * * Oh!! thanks Morgan, I know I ask [b]what a lot. *I appreciate the help. *:jump-r This make sense now. *
do all converters charge the batteries? *Could I have one that only converts? * I guess it says on it somewhere, I should go look.
Yes JJPTWYE, some converters offer the battery charger as an option. For folks who only go to RV parks, a battery may not be useful thus a charger would be useless.

Yours may or may not have a battery charger.
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Old 12-13-2002, 10:24 AM   #10
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* * * * * * http://www.progressivedyn.com/_frames/fram...converters.html

MOD.No.___DESCRIPTION_______________________PRICE EACH *
PD9140R___40 AMP ELECTRONIC POWER CONVERTER__ $126.00 *
PD9105____CHARGE WIZARD______________________$29.95 *

Paul:

Progressive Dynamics lists a 'remanufactured' intelli-power converter that will work with the charge wizard. Looks like a great combination for the money.:) *
Sounds like a real deal, PCD.
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Old 12-13-2002, 12:32 PM   #11
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Magnatek 3220, Code CB 432

My '91 Scamp 13 came with *exactly* that converter; it is not a smart charger and it is not upgradeable.

What I did was remove the 12VDC fuse panel and donated the rest of the converter to an RV repair place for parts.

I bought a battery charger (you can buy more than one charger for the price of a converter), and when I am hooked up to 120VAC, I just connect the charger to the batt and plug it in. It charges the batt and also acts as a 12VDC power supply for my modest needs (if I were trying to exceed its capacity, it would just allow the batt to supply the excess, and catch up later). If I were going to be hooked up a lot, I would get a bigger batt box, put a smart charger in it connected to batt and run a 120VAC circuit back into the Scamp's 120VAC system.

My batt charger is lighter than the converter, and I can also use it for charging other batts elsewhere if needed.

Pete and Rats
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