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Old 08-18-2015, 10:48 AM   #11
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One tip. The converter/charger swap is obviously important, but the wiring is just as important. Putting a replacement converter in your WFCO and keeping the LONG SKIMPY factory wiring will impede the ability of your new charger. You need the charger close to the batteries and use BIG wires.
That's why I bought the stand alone unit and moved it next to the batteries. I see 14.4 volts at the batteries now when charging. 4awg is about the largest that will fit into the WFCO distribution panel lugs. That's fine though because the wires that go from the batteries to the distribution panel don't need to be as big as the wires from the charger to the batteries.
Need proof? My system works extremely well and has for years now. That's all the proof I need.
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:51 AM   #12
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If you removed anything less then 70 amp to install your 100 amp you surely changed the incoming 110v converter wiring from 14 ga to 12ga right?
considering the 100 amp converter requires 20 amp service.


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Absolutely. All 12ga wire in use. 12 ga used to supply the outlet to plug the boondocker into. On it's own 20amp breaker.
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:59 AM   #13
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Absolutely. All 12ga wire in use. 12 ga used to supply the outlet to plug the boondocker into. On it's own 20amp breaker.
I have a 100 amp deck mount as well but haven't installed yet as I'm doing another project .

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Old 08-18-2015, 11:10 AM   #14
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I love mine. I recommend using the trimetric also. You get to see the percent of charge and usage. superb unit. Kind of tricky to install and program for me. I had help from my electrical engineer brother.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:26 AM   #15
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Swapped out the converter only last night- plugged into shore power and had 13.28vdc at the batteries which is good. Sat and watched the converter for about 10 minutes, of which time the fan ran constantly while I noticed the neg 12vdc wire off the converter getting hotter and hotter. Eventually the lights started to dim and flicker a little so I unplugged from shore power.


Not sure why this happened but I guess I'll have to swap out the rest of the DC and AC breaker side of this converter change out...
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:25 AM   #16
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Converter is the only thing needing replaced.
Why change out the whole distribution center?
That would take hours!
I have an old Elixir-45. The lower converter section is not a "slideout" like the WFCO unit, but still does not seem difficult to remove. But I don't know if the PowerMax replacement convertor will fit in my lower housing or not. Randy from BestConverter is recommending I install the Boondocker-60 "Powercenter", which includes the lower Powermax converter, and the upper distribution center, all in a new (plastic) housing. A direct replacement for the entire ELX-45.

I have my ELX-45 on my bench now, and am trying to convince myself that this is the way to go ($215) versus trying to pull the converter section only, and replacing with the Powermax convertor only (~$150). I've already removed all the wiring (and properly labeled each). So I suppose I should just replace the whole thing.

On a good note, my battery wiring is nice 6-ga. I was concerned about how much a very low battery could pull from a 60Amp unit. But from what little I've researched, I think the 6-gage covers it, right?

I think my only real question is whether my DC fuse board is compatible. I have seen PD "upgrade" kits that typically include a new DC fuse board.
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