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Old 03-20-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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Electrical panel question

When I read forums about drydocking, converter/inverters/chargers I get confused real quick. With the trailer in storage I do not have the details, but was hoping someone could explain. Is my electrical panel with the fuses and breakers what we are talking about. How do I know if I have a smart charger? I have a 2012 Crusader 260rld. Thanks for the input.

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Old 03-20-2013, 09:06 PM   #2
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A converter is what most RV's are equipped with. It converts 120v AC to 12v DC, for use in the unit. The 12v fuses and 120v circuit breakers are normally part of this unit.

Many of us with solar, or other alternate energy sources, also have an inverter, which inverts 12v DC to 120v AC, allowing for the use of off-the-shelf general appliances and other conveniences.

You will also see references to controllers. Controllers control the voltage and amperage from solar panels, and turn it into the most efficient charging voltage for the battery storage. My panels are actually capable of producing 35+/- volts, which would FRY my batteries, if not for the controller making it 13.4 volts at a higher amperage.

So in my case, I have all three- converter (factory installed), inverter, and controller.

If you have the manual from the actual converter (not the general-purpose whole RV manual) you may be able to tell by reading the manual, or by going on-line and doing some research. My previous HTT had a converter that was capable of being "smart", but not until I purchased a $20 plug-in module for it.

BTW - Even when my TT is covered and winterized, I keep the binders with all of the component information in the house, so I can read-up on things, or research things. (like figuring out if a converter is "smart")

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:15 AM   #3
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Get the brand and model number off the converter, look it up on the internet or compare it with RV supply catologues. Call Prime Time with trailer ID number. Should be able to determine if your converter is smart or not.

Just my guess, but I woudl say that it is, let us know what you find out.

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In a 2012 model you "should" have a three stage converter.
Its most likely a wfco 8955.

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