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Old 12-13-2012, 09:36 AM   #15
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Thanks to you all for all the great information.

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Old 12-13-2012, 09:56 AM   #16
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Since I was planning to have a battery, the idea of just having a battery tender rather than a converter is a lot more economical. I'll have to do a little research on how to set up the wiring, fuses etc, but since I'm starting from scratch, this should be the best option. I can wire a house, but 12 volt is a new world to me.
The downside of the battery tender is that if you decide to plug in on a camping trip, it won't necessarily run your 12 volt accessories like a converter would. (I think I see on the Amazon site that it is rated at less than an amp output) The tender is designed to keep a full battery topped off during storage. Similarly, if you wanted to recharge your battery by camping with AC power for a day, the Tender would not quickly charge your battery.

If all you want is to maintain the battery in storage, the Tender is great.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:52 AM   #17
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The downside of the battery tender is that if you decide to plug in on a camping trip, it won't necessarily run your 12 volt accessories like a converter would. (I think I see on the Amazon site that it is rated at less than an amp output) The tender is designed to keep a full battery topped off during storage. Similarly, if you wanted to recharge your battery by camping with AC power for a day, the Tender would not quickly charge your battery.

If all you want is to maintain the battery in storage, the Tender is great.
Doesn't your tow vehicle fully charge the battery while traveling to that camping spot? Mine does. Once there if you plug in and have a Battery Tender connected it will recharge the battery overnight in most cases or at least prolong the time you can camp in that spot without a full recharge.
I do have to admit that my thoughts are a bit different since I very seldom have a plug in. My tow charges my battery while moving from one place to another, or if I'm in one place for longer that 4 to 5 days the solar panel comes out to do the job. I don't have a permanent charging device in operation, I have my converter turned off.
I do carry a small 10 Amp battery charger that I've used once while traveling. The total cost of the battery charger and the battery tender was less than the cost of a converter. The battery charger and the battery tender can be used for other batteries, i.e. when we're going to be gone for a few months the battery tender is left behind and used to keep the second vehicle's battery charged.
I'm a big believer in multipurpose where possible.
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I do carry a small 10 Amp battery charger that I've used once while traveling. The total cost of the battery charger and the battery tender was less than the cost of a converter. The battery charger and the battery tender can be used for other batteries, i.e. when we're going to be gone for a few months the battery tender is left behind and used to keep the second vehicle's battery charged.
I'm a big believer in multipurpose where possible.
Actually, a larger battery charger with multistage charging capabilities might be a better choice for the OP. Cheaper than a dedicated converter, but able to run most accessories and to charge a battery relatively quickly.
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OK, maybe I'm misunderstanding something here. When I'm on 12V, I'll be running off the battery. If the Battery Tender doesn't have enough amps (1.25) the worse that will happen is my battery will go down slightly when the lights are on and then catch up over night. Is this correct? As for TV charging the battery while towing, none of this is set up yet. I have an empty egg.
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OK, maybe I'm misunderstanding something here. When I'm on 12V, I'll be running off the battery. If the Battery Tender doesn't have enough amps (1.25) the worse that will happen is my battery will go down slightly when the lights are on and then catch up over night. Is this correct? As for TV charging the battery while towing, none of this is set up yet. I have an empty egg.
Yes, you could do that with the Battery Tender Plus at $46 to get the 1.25 amps, but for the same money you could get a higher output charger to accomplish the same thing plus it would run all your accessories, like a fan, and charge the battery at the same time, much as a converter would.

Example: Amazon.com: Schumacher SC-1200A SpeedCharge 12/8/2 Amp Charger/Maintainer/Starter/Tester: Automotive

The Battery Tenders have had a great reputation, though they have been resourced to China, so quality is TBD.
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I just found this unit at www.adventurerv.net . It's a WFCO 25amp Power Center. (WF-8725-P). Since this includes the charger, AC and DC breaker circuits and mounts into a reasonable-sized cutout, it sounds like a really good deal $89. I wouldn't need to buy all the pieces separately and figure out how to mount it all. Anybody know anything about this unit?
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I just found this unit at www.adventurerv.net . It's a WFCO 25amp Power Center. (WF-8725-P). Since this includes the charger, AC and DC breaker circuits and mounts into a reasonable-sized cutout, it sounds like a really good deal $89. I wouldn't need to buy all the pieces separately and figure out how to mount it all. Anybody know anything about this unit?

Suffice to say that WIFCO does a booming busines in selling replacement mother boards for their power centers. (check on line)

The WIFCO 25 amp center the factory installed in our Scamp was smoked once before we bought it and I tossed the entire box when it smoked the second time shortly thereafter. At $89, they know what their product is worth......

Our 2013 Coleman hybrid has a WIFCO power chassis and I am just waiting it out...

If you shop around you should be able to find a Progressive Dynamics PD-4045 for under $160.
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There have been some atwood panels on ebay lately. It sounds like you are rewiring. This will give you a 55 amp converter, plus a wiring panel for 120 volts and 12 volts. Do a serch for atwood converter and you should come up with 3 sellers with the product.
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PD 4045 is $172.99 at vintage trailer supply. They have others too.
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The Atwood converters that are offered on eBay from a surplus source look to be new, but very old stock. Or at least "Old School" in that they have older style component circuit boards. For the limited budget this offers an opportunity.

The others, that are newer style & more expensive, are still very basic and don't offer a three stage battery charger, as do the Progressive Dynamic converter/chargers, for about the same money.
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PD 4045 is $172.99 at vintage trailer supply. They have others too.
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My good friend Frank Bear at Vintage Technologies sent me the following note this morning about his price for the PD-4045.
His web site also has lots of neat accessories for small trailers as well as stainless steel screws.....

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Hi, Yes we offer those for 144.95

Thanks for your interest.
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Post deleted-read the second page and I think I get it now.
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Joel, did you ever find what you were looking for? I ran across this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/150967364733


on eBay. Re-manufactured, what ever that really means. Good brand and it has the whole breaker box in one unit.
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