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Old 05-25-2013, 11:20 AM   #11
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I have been watching this thread as I have corrosion problems also. I like the idea of the control panel upgrade. Where can I find that? Part number? And easy install?? I agree if I can change the rate of charge that should fix this problem.

Me too.... The part number is mentioned in the manual. They are on EBay for about $125 to $140. JBoyer, is it plug compatible with the current panel, or do you have to run extra wiring??

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Old 05-25-2013, 11:47 AM   #12
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Getting more confused...... I obviously have the high amp wires (the green ones in my diagram). I have the temperature sensor. Finally I have a very light gauge wire (actually two wires bundled together) that is black. This is all the wires I have. I don't know what this "light gauge" black wire is for, but I'm going to put it and the temp sensor on post 2 of my diagram.

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in my rig, the lighter gauge wires are for the 12v house side.(some appliance somewhere i'm not sure, could be slide motors, fridge propane controller, fans, i'm not sure as nothing is labeled).

theoretically, the best set up is to treat the bank as it was only one battery with 2 posts only. you ignore all the interconnecting posts and use only the 2 main posts: negative of #2 and positive of the battery that has #3 for everything.

you do have the challenge of making everything fit on the posts as they are not tall enough to hold all the lugs. FR should have included post extensions and longer wires.

so in simplest terms, the best wiring setup by the book, is to use only the negative #2 post for all black cables. all red positive cables go to the positive post of where you have #3 negative labeled). that means to move your green lines in your diagram but you will need to get lug post extensions to make all the lugs fit (or something similar).
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:02 PM   #13
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Me too.... The part number is mentioned in the manual. They are on EBay for about $125 to $140. JBoyer, is it plug compatible with the current panel, or do you have to run extra wiring??

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according to the installation manual for both remote displays: MM-RC (stock remote we have with the 6 LEDs) and the ME-ARC (advance remote control), they both use a standard telephone cable to connect to the inverter. so it is just a simple swap, plug and play for connectivity...
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It was plug and play! I enlarged the opening on the cabinet face to flush mount, but otherwise, a 5 minute job. I don't have the model # in front of me, but there are two versions. I got the middle one - the high-end will do some extra things like generator remote start. I have had NO issues of any kind since installing. I could not be happier for the money.
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:20 PM   #15
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It was plug and play! I enlarged the opening on the cabinet face to flush mount, but otherwise, a 5 minute job. I don't have the model # in front of me, but there are two versions. I got the middle one - the high-end will do some extra things like generator remote start. I have had NO issues of any kind since installing. I could not be happier for the money.


I'm ordering mine today!!

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:42 PM   #16
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Boowho,

Certainly lots of great advice above - many very knowledgable folks that have saved my bacon several times. The battery issue you're experiencing finally drove me to swap Magnum controllers. I had new batteries installed at purchase and they were getting thrashed - and the slide was becoming a total mess. I swapped out the original Magnum controller with the one pictured below - which allows you to set the charge rate. I set it lower and have not had an issue since. The batteries take slightly longer to charge but you can input many of these parameters and then let the controller do its thing.
I got my upgraded control box today in the mail. I want to install it this weekend. What was the charge rate you set it up for? I would assume the current control box is max charge so maybe 50 % would stop the leaking?
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How do you change the charge rate with the control panel? I have that panel in my coach and didn't know that the charge rate could be changed.
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How do you change the charge rate with the control panel? I have that panel in my coach and didn't know that the charge rate could be changed.
press setup and then use the dial knob to rotate through the options. press the dial knob in to select the item.

controls of the ME-RC and MM-ARC are similar...




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I got my upgraded control box today in the mail. I want to install it this weekend. What was the charge rate you set it up for? I would assume the current control box is max charge so maybe 50 % would stop the leaking?
make sure you have the battery type setup correctly. that sets the charge curve. i think default is at 80%, not 100%. so changing it lower is safer and slower...
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So as long as the battery type is set up correctly, then the charge curve is automatically set? Is this correct?
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So as long as the battery type is set up correctly, then the charge curve is automatically set? Is this correct?
that is what the manual claims... i would try just seeing how that affects the temps on the batteries first. if it's still too much, then lower the charge percentage...
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