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Old 06-22-2014, 10:24 AM   #1
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Power max BoonDocker 4 stage

These fit into a ailing wfco converter case and wondering if anyone has had any experience with these?

Desulfication mode and three year warranty.

Boondocker Main Board Assembly for WFCO 8955
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Old 06-22-2014, 01:14 PM   #2
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Install was an easy swap. One battery wire was short and I drilled another hole to route it. The "instructions" are non- existing but not hard to figure out. Take the whole converter base out and it fits right in.

As for use of the unit I have only been plugged in once to charge the new T-105 batteries then three days dry camping so can't comment to much about the charging/desulfurization.

Everything I read about about Best Converter and Randy has been positive and this was the unit he recommended to me. I was looking at a Progressive Dynamics unit but he recommended the PowerMax.
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Power max 55 amp

I installed a Power Max 55 amp, 4 stage about 6 months ago. Great price and fits the WFCO without any mods. If I remember right, Randy said he gives a three year warranty on the units he sells.

I also installed a AGM series 31 battery from Sam's club. Great combo!
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I was just about to pull the trigger on one of these when I "fixed" my WFCO.
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You guys that have installed the boondocker, sounds like you have just replaced the converter, not the whole converter-charging-DC wire terminals ect unit... correct? Has anyone done a complete converter/charging unit swap out?
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You guys that have installed the boondocker, sounds like you have just replaced the converter, not the whole converter-charging-DC wire terminals ect unit... correct? Has anyone done a complete converter/charging unit swap out?
Converter is the only thing needing replaced.
Why change out the whole distribution center?
That would take hours!

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Turbs- that's what I thought too, but since I've never done it I'm not sure what the right answers are. Randy at best converters is saying switch out the whole thing. I'm sure that would be best with everything new but I see lots of opportunities for added problems of wiring ect coming up.
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Switch out the converter.

If that doesn't solve your problem, have Randy switch out the DC side.

I'd think that wouldn't be a fun to do project.

Randy may be correct but I'd try to get out of more work if I can.
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I am using the Powermax Boondocker 100amp stand alone converter. I kept the WfCO distribution panel. I put the Boondocker right next to the batteries. I pulled the wfco converter right out of the bottom of the unit and put it away to reinstall if I sell or trade my 5er. The advantage being that it shortened the length of wires from 12 feet to about 12 inches. I also used 4awg instead of the 10awg the factory used. I used 2/0 wire to connect batteries together. The result is greatly lessened charge time. I use the 100amp unit because I have nearly 350 amp hours of battery capacity.
I also installed a trimetric 2030 to monitor charge and useage. This system is fantastic for boondocking. I can go days before needing to run a generator for only a few hours and I can always see the percent of charge and exactly how much power I'm using at any given moment. I have a 1000w inverter hooked in, supplied power by 2/0 cable.
Randy at Best converter is great to work with. I had a problem with the first boondocker I bought. Randy put me in touch with the owner of the manufacturer and he shipped me a brand new unit direct, no questions asked.
I used the same system in my Coachmen TT. Rear kitchen model with WFCO in the back and batteries out front on the tongue originally. Very poor performance. I never saw more than 13.8 volts at the battery from 30 feet of 10awg wire.. It would take days to charge up. I put the new system in the compartment next to the WFCO panel. I used AGM batteries and heavy wires. Fantastic performance. When I traded for the 5er I swapped the system into the 5er. I couldn't be happier.
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I am using the Powermax Boondocker 100amp stand alone converter. I kept the WfCO distribution panel. I put the Boondocker right next to the batteries. I pulled the wfco converter right out of the bottom of the unit and put it away to reinstall if I sell or trade my 5er. The advantage being that it shortened the length of wires from 12 feet to about 12 inches. I also used 4awg instead of the 10awg the factory used. I used 2/0 wire to connect batteries together. The result is greatly lessened charge time. I use the 100amp unit because I have nearly 350 amp hours of battery capacity.
I also installed a trimetric 2030 to monitor charge and useage. This system is fantastic for boondocking. I can go days before needing to run a generator for only a few hours and I can always see the percent of charge and exactly how much power I'm using at any given moment. I have a 1000w inverter hooked in, supplied power by 2/0 cable.
Randy at Best converter is great to work with. I had a problem with the first boondocker I bought. Randy put me in touch with the owner of the manufacturer and he shipped me a brand new unit direct, no questions asked.
I used the same system in my Coachmen TT. Rear kitchen model with WFCO in the back and batteries out front on the tongue originally. Very poor performance. I never saw more than 13.8 volts at the battery from 30 feet of 10awg wire.. It would take days to charge up. I put the new system in the compartment next to the WFCO panel. I used AGM batteries and heavy wires. Fantastic performance. When I traded for the 5er I swapped the system into the 5er. I couldn't be happier.
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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