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Old 09-01-2015, 09:14 AM   #1
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WFCO Power Panels

I just received a WFCO 8965 series power panel to replace my 35. I installed a second battery and the original converter was having a tough time maintaining two batteries.

The following is an excellent example of very poor quality control of this product.

The power panel package was received in excellent condition, not a dent in the shipping box or product box anywhere and sealed.
1. On opening the box the restraining cardboard inside was pretty much destroyed. Way to light to handle the product. I don't know why the unit itself was not damaged.
2. They have done nothing to fix the poor door latch that keeps falling open. My old one would not stay closed the first month I had my trailer (purchased new 2012). I can see this one will be the same. Duct tape to the rescue.
3. There are two plastic tabs that hold the 12 volt fuse panel in place at the top and a tab at the bottom. Both top tabs were broken. The fuse panel itself was just flopping around inside.
4. When a fuse burns out an LED indicator light is supposed to come on to show a blown fuse. 4 out of the 11 on the board work.

I know these products are cheaply made and purchased by manufacturers to keep the trailer costs down but I would expect an upgraded product when replacing them.

If you are ordering a new trailer it is well worth the cost to make sure the power panel is upgraded from the WFCO brand.
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:16 PM   #2
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Why would you expect an upgraded product, when you already know they are cheaply made and purchased by the manufacturers to keep the trailer costs down. Any supplier boosts their profit by continuing to ship the exact same product, with zero changes. Any change requires an initial cost of retooling (thousands or millions of dollars). They must then charge you (or the OEM) more money to pay for that retooling.

Since there are other products already out there by other suppliers that are superior, they know they can only continue to make money by supplying the same product, for less money than the competition. Your best choice is to go with the superior product, unless you are satisfied with the same product.
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:05 AM   #3
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I have an 8735 in mine and yes, duct tape keeps the door closed. So far, that is the only problem, seems to work ok, charges both 27 batteries with no problems; however, when (not if) it goes, it will not be a WFCO that goes back into that square hole.
If I'm going to spend a half a day to replace it, it is going to be a reliable model.
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:52 AM   #4
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I'm not sure why you replaced the whole distribution panel when you could have just bought a new converter.

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Old 09-02-2015, 01:43 PM   #5
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Hope this is not off subject. I have 2013 Micro Lite 21FBRS. I have 110 only when I unplug I have no 12v. I have 2 6v. The batteries read 13v when pluged in 12.8 when I drop electric can someone help?
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:59 PM   #6
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Hope this is not off subject. I have 2013 Micro Lite 21FBRS. I have 110 only when I unplug I have no 12v. I have 2 6v. The batteries read 13v when pluged in 12.8 when I drop electric can someone help?
So you have 12v power in the camper until you unplug the 120v shore power?

If so it sounds like you've tripped a current limiting curcuit breaker which is normally near your positive battery cable.
Follow the positive battery cable from the battery to your camper inline you'll find a breaker similar to this.
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The circuitry that illuminates the LED when a fuse is blown only works when at least one leg of the circuit is on ( connected to ground through a load). It is likely that the circuits with unlit LEDs are connected to things controlled via a switch. Try turning on a switch ( ie light switch) and see if an additonal LED lights.
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Maybe I am reading this wrong but it sounds to me like you increased the amperage from 36 to 65. If this is so, I hope you upgraded the wiring to the batteries.
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:28 PM   #9
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On a more positive note, I have had one for 3 yrs and not a problem. Fan comes on sometimes if I have every 12v light on, or maybe not since I switched to all LED's. Hope things haven't changed because bought another one for the Truck camper I'm building.
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So you have 12v power in the camper until you unplug the 120v shore power?

If so it sounds like you've tripped a current limiting curcuit breaker which is normally near your positive battery cable.
Follow the positive battery cable from the battery to your camper inline you'll find a breaker similar to this.
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Have similor problem but no more 12v plug or unplug to 110v is it same breaker?
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