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Old 07-24-2016, 08:19 AM   #1
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I have a 2013 Palomino Stampede and while camping this weekend the main electrical panel started smoking. I immediately unplugged everything. None of the AC or D.C. Fuses blew.
It has a WFCO WF-8900 distribution center.

AC was set to 70 and nothing being overdrawn from the AC circuits.

I am thinking the converter went.

But why? Are there any issues or recalls that I can find out about? This is only maybe 3 seasons old.
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Old 07-24-2016, 08:47 AM   #2
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Converters are like any electrical equipment sometimes they just give up the ghost have to stop here pop-up is killing my typing
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I have a 2013 Palomino Stampede and while camping this weekend the main electrical panel started smoking. I immediately unplugged everything. None of the AC or D.C. Fuses blew.
It has a WFCO WF-8900 distribution center.

AC was set to 70 and nothing being overdrawn from the AC circuits.

I am thinking the converter went.

But why? Are there any issues or recalls that I can find out about? This is only maybe 3 seasons old.
The WFCOs have been known to do exactly that. When replacing, I would go with a Progressive Dynamics. Much better quality and charging features. Many will replace the WFCO right off the bat and keep it as an emergency backup, knowing that it will eventually quit.
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Old 07-24-2016, 09:20 AM   #4
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When you replace your converter, take the time and effort to relocate the converter within several feet of your battery bank. It will recharge your batteries faster. Not a requirement if you never dry camp.
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:02 PM   #5
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The WFCOs have been known to do exactly that. When replacing, I would go with a Progressive Dynamics. Much better quality and charging features. Many will replace the WFCO right off the bat and keep it as an emergency backup, knowing that it will eventually quit.


When you replace it with the progressive dynamics unit, where would you mount it? I am guessing it won't fit in the existing black box. Guessing it still needs to wire to the existing D.C. Fuse panel. Thanks
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I would mount it as close as possible to the battery and run the pendant inside,
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:38 PM   #7
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I would mount it as close as possible to the battery and run the pendant inside,


Sorry what's the pendant?
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I read the Progressive Dynamics is a swap in replacement. Does it literally go where the other one was?
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Old 07-25-2016, 12:42 AM   #9
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Charge Wizard PD92201 Remote Pendant

Many factory converters are integrated with the ac and dc power distribution panel. There is usually enough room to install one in the space where the power distribution panel is located.

However, as stated, it is best to mount it next to the battery not 15-25 feet to the rear of them.

Plenty of you tube videos on replacing one. Make sure you disconnect the battery(ies) before you attempt.
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I read the Progressive Dynamics is a swap in replacement. Does it literally go where the other one was?

Yes progressive makes a drop in replacement.

Boondocker also makes a drop in replacement

http://www.bestconverter.com/55-Amp-...l#.V5XwvfQ8LCQ

http://www.bestconverter.com/PD4655T...l#.V5Xw7fQ8LCQ


I recommend the boondocker if you go with the drop in replacement.


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