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Old 10-01-2012, 07:16 AM   #15
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The 1984 "antique" converter in there now has no discernable aluminum parts. I'm not sure of what it weighs it is big and it is heavy. It is also in a few pieces from the PO and has obviously been worked on by someone who didn't know what they were doing. I'm sure I could get along just fine without one but for resale purposes down the road I need to put one in. I bid on the same unit from a different supplier for $39 with a $17 delivery. I really like the distribution panel with the multi 110v and 12v ports. I'll know in 2 days if I get it.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:36 AM   #16
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This same topic has been discussed several times here previously, a search will provide more information.

Two very good reasons to get an oversized converter:

1) As previously pointed out higher rated converters are frequently lower priced than lower rated converters.

2) People often complain about the sound of the converter cooling fan. Some converters only run the fan when putting out a high percentage of the rated output, so if you have a 45A rated converter only putting out 15 or 20A, no fan sound. With a lower rated converter the fan may run all the time with the same power output level.

The person that was pointing out the extra few pounds of weight of the larger converter said he travels with a battery charger, solar panels and still brings along his converter. His converter is turned off at the breaker panel. If a few pounds of weight was really an issue, the unused converter would have been removed, not just turned off.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:08 AM   #17
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I have installed six, 45 amp, Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power PD-4045 power centers in the past two years without problems or disappoinment.

It includes everything you have asked for, 12-15 fused 12 VDC circuits, (with pigtails) up to 6 a/c breakers and a smart charger, all in one package. Google "PD-4045" for pics, prices and specs, Also look on eBay,.I pay about $175, including shipping, for the ones I buy. There is also a 60 amp version.

BTW: 20 amp 120VAC service = 3000 watts, even a 60 amp converter will only draw about 720 watts at full power. In this case 120 VAC amps do not equal 12 VDC amps....
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:03 PM   #18
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Nice information, this will make my decision much much easier and far less stressful. Now I just need to win this bid or find another of the same capacity.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:16 PM   #19
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Wow, I just went and looked at my Scamp in storage and to my surprise the old converter says it is 15 amps and "Unsuitable for charging". It must have been changed out sometime.
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Wow, I just went and looked at my Scamp in storage and to my surprise the old converter says it is 15 amps and "Unsuitable for charging". It must have been changed out sometime.
Sounds about right for 1984.
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Everyone and anyone who has knowledge of converters always refer to Randy @ Best Converters here BestConverter - Converters, Inverters, Electrical Supplies, Electronics
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Just kinda shocks me that it would say right on there "unsuitable for charging" wouldn't that be one of its two main functions?
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:09 PM   #23
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Just kinda shocks me that it would say right on there "unsuitable for charging" wouldn't that be one of its two main functions?
The old converters were nothing more than a 120 VAC to 12 VAC transformer, and the diodes necessary to turn the AC into DC, with lots of ripple. This setup would kill a battery eventually. It would continue to charge till the battery was boiled dry.

They were meant as just a cheep way of lighting your 12VDC lights when you have a power plug available. Works on a vent fan as well.
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In earlier trailers you had to either depend on a charging line from the TV or install a small charger to keep the on board battery charged.
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