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Old 09-23-2015, 06:51 PM   #1
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centurion 3000 in 16' scamp

So, I'm going over the new trailer and making a to do list. First order of business is determine all of the problems.

It appears the centurion 3000 converter/power center for this trailer has a problem on the 12V side.

There is a fairly large silver heatsink looking piece that is not at 90 degrees with the circuit board. At first I couldn't get any 12V things to work/battery is hosed. But after taking the screw driver and moving that heat sink around all of the 12V pieces fired right up. Messed with it a bit more and the power fluctuated.

So I assume this is hosed and I need to pull and replace with something else. I found this:

WFCO 8735P Power Center
and read elsewhere is was a drop in replacement for the converter in the Scamp, is that the case?
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:10 PM   #2
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This kind of topic makes my head hurt. Do you have a question we can help with? What are you trying to accomplish.. exactly?
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:49 PM   #3
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Sorry that was rambling and not clear.

Just wanted to know if anyone has had issues with the converter in a 16 foot scamp, and what if anything they replaced it with.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:51 PM   #4
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WFCO is the Yugo of power converters and, while inexpensive, are known for a high board failure rate. Scamp used to use them and has since dropped them.


My weapon of choice is the Progressive Dynamics PD-4045, I have installed about 7 of them, including in my own Scamp, They are available on line for about $160 and will upgrade your electrical system/converter/charger to 2015 standards.
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:25 AM   #5
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Thanks for the information.
Do you know if the Progressive Dynamics PD-4045 is a drop in replacement for the current one in my trailer, or will I have to modify the cabinet to get it to fit?
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"Drop-In" No, easy to install? Yes if you have basic mechanical & electrical skills and a few tools. It was in the left dinette seat wall.


In replacing an American brand converter in out Scamp I had to enlarge the cut out slightly and re-do a few wires.
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Old 09-25-2015, 10:03 PM   #7
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Remove the centurion 3000 converter and take it to an electronics repair person. The problem is broken solder joints on the pc board. If you have a hobbyist friend, you may get it fixed for free. All that bouncing on the road is hard on converter parts. Mine had problems also until I pulled it out and re-soldered the broken joints. Use hot glue to stabilize the large parts on the circuit board when you are done.
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