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Old 06-06-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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Columbus 385 Converter? What brand is it?

Hi all,

We ordered a Columbus 385 awhile back. We have been told that it is scheduled to go into production the 13th of June. I am planning on adding solar panels and several batteries. I have been told that most rv converter / battery chargers are marginal at best and would likely not charge my extra batteries. They also said that most converters are also hard on batteries. With that being said I have been told that there are some good converters. This is why I was wandering what converter comes in the 385. If it is not one of the better ones than I need to start my hunt for a replacement.

Also has anyone have solar panels installed on there Columbus yet?? If so I would like to here you thoughts and Ideas.

Great forum and can't hardly wait until we get to pick up our Columbus.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:02 AM   #2
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My 2012 Sabre 31 RETS came with a basic WFCO, either a 45 or 55 amp. During our third trip the fan on the converter went out, had to go buy a basic battery charger to keep the battery charged. Dealer replaced under warranty but I paid additional to get a Progressive Dynamics Inteli Power 9200 / 70 AMP. It is my understanding the Progressive Dynamics products have a good track record.
I would hope that the Columbus would come with a better converter than a WFCO.

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Old 06-07-2012, 06:51 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply!

I hope you are right.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:14 AM   #4
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Ret is correct.
The weak link as ret found out on a wfco is the fan!
There junk!

Progressive dynamics 70amp is the best choice imo.
Good luck and have fun!
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:52 AM   #5
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Columbus 5th Wheel come standard with the Progressive Dynamics Converter. PD has the lowest failure occurrences in the industry. PD charted failure is 1/2% vs competition is greater than 5%.
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:35 PM   #6
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Christopher,

Do you know if the PD converter is of the 9100 or 9200 type?

Thanks for you response. It is good to here that they are putting in the better converter.
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