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Old 05-24-2017, 11:03 AM   #1
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55 amp converter with charger

Hello,

New here and about to take delivery of a 201RBS soon. The specs say this model is equipped with a 55 amp converter with charger.
Can anyone tell me what the battery charger rating is?
I got an answer of 45 amps from the salesman but I don't think that is correct.

Any other charger info, ie; stage, float, etc would be most appreciated.

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Old 05-24-2017, 11:12 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to FRF!
I don't know the exact brand/model of your charger.
It's most likely a WFCO. Salesman should be able to tell you that!!

IF it is- there's been much discussion on these forums about the performance (or lack of) with these units.
The general consensus is the WFCO chargers are ok.
Not great, not premium but ok.

If you plan on doing a lot of off the grid camping where you'll need to
recharge via generator and want to keep your generator run times at
a minimum you might consider an upgrade to the charging system one day.

See this thread for a current discussion of my recent experience camping
off the grid.--- WFCO charger worked OK!

Good luck and happy trails!
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:14 AM   #3
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Well, your salesman isn't that smart. It is a 55 amp converter/charger. They both come from the same function. Probably a combination panel and converter. Even WFCO has 3 stages now, as does Progressive Dynamics.
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If you plan on doing a lot of off the grid camping
Thanks for the welcome Dan. You hit the nail squarely on the head. I'll be doubling up a pair of deep cycle batteries and was wondering if the onboard charger was up to task or separately plumb in my own charger and power via my ginny.
I'll read the link, thanks.
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Well, your salesman isn't that smart.
Amen.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:46 AM   #6
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T if the onboard charger was up to task or separately plumb in my own charger and power via my ginny.
I'll read the link, thanks.
If you know you'll be off the grid with 2 big batteries you're probably gonna
want one of these-- 4600 Series Upgrade or Replacement Power Converters

It uses your WFCO power center fuses and electric distribution but replaces the charge circuit with one you can manually set.
Lots of chatter here about them and so far haven't heard anything but
rave reviews.
They are pretty much the gold standard in RV chargers.
I want one but we camp off the grid so seldom I'm still procrastinating.

Here's the technical stuff for one day when you don't have enough to do!
Charge Wizard RV Battery Charging
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Wait till you get it. FR has installed a lot of PD units and PD also makes a load center with their converter. Can't seem to find a 55 amp anywhere. Maybe you will get lucky.
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Wait till you get it. FR has installed a lot of PD units and PD also makes a load center with their converter. Can't seem to find a 55 amp anywhere. Maybe you will get lucky.
Hmm, interesting. I was was pulling the 55 amp spec from a brochure which was copyrighted 2016. Is it possible the PD unit would be 45 amp? Maybe the salesman was correct?

While we will not be taking delivery until next week, we are going to the dealership tomorrow to take care of another matter. I should be able to sneak a look at the trailer, perhaps component literature also.
Any clue what to look for if unable to scan literature?
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Sure, look at the power center (where the breakers and fuses are) and see if it was made by Progressive Dynamics or WFCO. If there is a grille below the breakers and fuses, it is a combination panel and converter. it should say right inside who made it and what it is. The literature says 55 amp so it isn't 45 amp unless that is a misprint.
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Sure, look at the power center (where the breakers and fuses are) and see if it was made by Progressive Dynamics or WFCO. If there is a grille below the breakers and fuses, it is a combination panel and converter. it should say right inside who made it and what it is. The literature says 55 amp so it isn't 45 amp unless that is a misprint.
Gotcha, thanks. I glanced at the pc before but made no particular effort to determine brand. Why do they put the panel down near the floor and make you fold up like a gymnasts to look at it? I am taking a mirror and flash light.
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