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Old 06-22-2013, 08:36 AM   #1
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Converters once again please?

Have been reading all old posts I can find on changing over converters. We have a T1950, 2004, with an American CS6000 that, similiarly to JB's problems, does not allow us a nights sleep when left on. Progressive Dynamics gets hight marks from some of you but space is a major issue with us. I talked to Carlos, a tech guy at American yesterday and he said the replacements will fit the existing space. As a note,when I asked about the Chinese mfg, he said in a few weeks they will be terminating that source and will make these in their own plant in Mexico.
Except for the noise, the CS6000 has worked fine. Has anyone come across any issues, one way or another, that I should be aware of before I make this decision?
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We bought an '02 2363 last August and had to replace its converter. In the 2363 the converter sits in back of and below the shower which limits space creating problems with replacement converter size. You could also say that we created some more "problems" by wanting an American-made converter. In the 2363 replacement converters which fit the existing space were made in China and had lukewarm-to-poor reviews. This is the thread for what we went through - the converter issues are on page 2 of the thread:

Newbie Question #2: Battery/Electrical Issues

Our first choice was Progressive Dynamics b/c of all the good reviews, however, it was too big for the existing space and would have to be installed somewhere else in the trailer. We considered doing that but instead bought an Iota DLS45, designed and manufactured in Tucson, AZ.

IOTA Engineering DLS-45 12VDC Battery Charger and Power Converter - 45 Amps

Reviews for the IOTA were very good and it fit in the original space with some minor mods. We got it from bestconverter.com - a site other SOC members recommended - and were pleased with their service. So far we are quite pleased with the IOTA. By the way, the converter is right next to the bed and is extremely quiet.

We are newbies when it comes to travel trailers and, as you can see on the thread, JohnB and others really helped us through the process. Good luck and make sure to post your progress.
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Ah, return of the cement mixer fans.....

When looking for a new converter, make sure to look for that it has 3 stage charging; float mode, normal charge (absorption) and bulk (boost) mode. Many of the new ones have this feature, however not all.

Ideally the converter can also have a desulfate mode or a 4th mode. The Progressive Dynamics has all 4. That said it may not fit every application. You can add desulfation by getting Battery Minder Plus and hook up to the battery between camping trips. They cost about ~ $40 if you shop around.

Also a heads up when you change out the converter, make sure you do not accidentally mix white solid AC neutral wire and the stranded white DC negative wired together. The 2 wire sets only share the same color and do not want to be mixed up and are to be on totally separate terminal strips to keep the AC neutral separate from earth ground in the camper. The 12 VDC negative is common to earth ground but the 120 AC neutral is not.

Good luck and good sleep....

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