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Old 11-14-2015, 05:42 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by sanpedroflyer View Post

You pay $100 Grand and FR gives you #$%%^&&** batteries!

Really sucks!

Are you surprised. You probably also got a no name antenna and no name tires.


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Old 11-14-2015, 05:58 PM   #12
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I have no-name sealed batteries under the stairs of my other older class "A" Damon. First thing I did was change the converter from a primitive and tired Magnatek to a 55 amp WFCO smart charger. It has three levels of charge. The lowest is a maintaining 13.2vdc.

I've not had a 12volt issue of any sort in three years with the two chassis batts and the engine batt. A modern WFCO should be fine.

Some ok with WFCO, some not. A lot of personal preference/convenience.

My new XLR 415 has a Progressive. It has a transformer that hums so loud with or without load I will have to switch it out. I will not let me rest.

Some ok with Progressive, some not. A lot of personal preference/convenience.

One poor performing cell in a bank of batteries will bring any converter to boil the batteries.

In three RV's I've purchased replacement WFCO's for the first two. In my third and newest I have to replace a Progressive.

All my RV's are connected 24/7...never boiled a battery. Most of my batteries last >7 years. Mtcyl batts around five as I have them on desulphators 24/7.

A voltmeter is your best friend.

Converters are similar to oil forums IMHO.

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Old 11-14-2015, 06:00 PM   #13
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I connected w coachmen and they advised me not to use the converter to maintain the batteries during extended storage. They suggested disconnecting the batteries, remove them to a warmer area and put on a maintainer OR leave in coach, disconnect batteries from the coach by removing the +ive cable/wires. Make sure fully charged (if being left for a month or 2) or put on a maintainer and can be left for months

Since I have a solar panel, I disconnect +ive terminal from coach and let the solar controller float charge the batts. I did check the battery fluid levels and if a nice day will check again in a couple of months. Now have a Trik-L-Charger connecting to the chassis battery to keep that baby healthy.


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