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Old 01-21-2013, 08:31 AM   #15
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I think, if for no other reason than resale, you should update the converter. I would be a little leery looking at a camper in which someone has removed an integral part of and not replaced/upgraded it. For $108 you can buy a little PD 9245 smart charger to replace the stock one without having to do a bunch of rewiring. Its not like it is several hundred dollars or it's going to hurt anything if it is upgraded. Plus, it could be a great selling point if you ever want/need to sell.

PS I love the PD4045 but that is a lot of work changing over the 110 etc if you're not into that type of thing.




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Old 01-21-2013, 08:41 AM   #16
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:54 AM   #17
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This is the one I just installed. I also bought the remote pendant for $5 so I can monitor / control it. If Pam used this converter, she would also have to add a fuse panel as has oft been mentioned. Example:

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Old 01-22-2013, 02:51 PM   #18
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I've noticed that my converter seems to be giving off a fair amount of heat when I have the camper plugged in. It's original to the camper (1985 era). If I have the seat cushion off the bench, the wooden cover for the converter compartment is getting warm. And the converter feels hot (but not burning hot) Is this normal? Should I consider replacing with a newer one?
I took a minute to measure mine with no load and it draws 13 watts. So it is putting out about the same heat as two 7 watt incandescent night lite bulbs all time.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:50 PM   #19
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As I have oft mentioned, look at the Progressive Dynamics PD-4045 power center. It upgrades/updates your entire electrical distribution system, adds a smart charger and can be found for less than $150.
I second the PD4045. Very light weight and you can use your existing 15 amp shore power cord or put in a 30 amp cord. It is a state of the art unit and highly recommended.
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Well, I'm not concerned about resale, these little FG beauties sell on their own with or without new converters. My converter area is not getting terribly not, nor is it humming, nor is it smelling. So that means cha-ching!! I save $150, love it
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:26 PM   #21
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I'm with you on that Pam. When the trailer is in my drive way, my older converter lights up the 12 VDC lights, and runs the Fantastic fan. That's good enought for me.

If it does die, then I suppose I would put in one with a proper battery charger.
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