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Old 03-05-2014, 09:03 AM   #11
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One problem I encountered when I needed to replace my defective converter/charger is that Forest River installed it in the last rear compartment with the 50 amp cord. That's about 20 feet from the battery location under the steps. The factory converter/charger was a 65 amp, 13.6 volt single stage Chinese model. I replaced it with an 80 amp Progressive Dynamics 4 stage model that is made in USA. Unfortunately, it is still in the rear compartment 20 feet from the batteries. It is best to have the charger as close as possible (but never in the same compartment) to the batteries to minimize line loss voltage.

When I added solar panels a few weeks ago, I installed the solar charge controller in the cargo compartment immediately adjacent to batteries under the steps. The cables are only about 2 or 3 feet long from the solar controller to the batteries.
I tend to agree with you that the multi stage battery charger should and could be closer to the batteries. It can easily be replaced in mine as it is just plugged into an outlet and the two output DC leads. So far it does well and as long as the wire to the batteries are the proper size it shouldn't have much voltage loss. But it would be nice if it was in the compartment left of the steps in my 378TS.
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thnx for the help. I only have 1 solar panel on roof; it's a Shell and I think it is putting out about 100 watts.
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On my Georgetown, Forrest River used 6 gauge wire to connect the converter/charger in the rear compartment. It is acceptable, but slightly undersized for minimizing voltage drop to the batteries 20 feet away. I suspect the converter/charger was installed in the rear compartment because the fuse panel is located directly above it in the bedroom. The best choice would be to have the converter/charger, fuse panel, and batteries all within a few feet of each other.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:54 PM   #14
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I am trying to attach a couple photos of the battery tray under the steps. Let's see if they came thru.
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Ok the battery pic is upside down, and the other one is a wood project I'm doing. sorry.
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Ok the battery pic is upside down, and the other one is a wood project I'm doing. sorry.

That's why the liquid in the batteries keep leaking.
They are upside down.
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First I had a hard time trying to figure out how to post the photos, now you have me curious as how to turn them around. Thnx
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