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Old 06-24-2006, 09:02 AM   #1
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What's The Best Replacement Converter.

The converter in my Excella "acts" like it's charging my batteries but it's not.

What's the best replacement converter presently on the market?

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Old 06-24-2006, 09:13 AM   #2
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Steve,

I'm probably going to go with an intellipower 9200 series for the Ambassador. They have the charge wizard built in that helps prevent over charging.

I think the guy at bestconverters.com used to offer discounts to forum members.
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I don't think they carry the 9200 series and BTW it is http://www.bestconverter.com
I have seen the 9200 series at VTS http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/
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Old 06-24-2006, 09:33 AM   #4
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Steve, I agree with Tim. I've used Intellipower units on several trailers with great success. One caution: decide what style of battery you're going to stick with, either lead/acid or gell cell/AGM because the charge Wizard is calibrated differently for each style. Ask the distributor when you buy the unit if they don't ask you. If you buy directly from Intellipower, they will ask what type of battery you have, so there must be some small difference in the way the Wizard works on each battery. Darol
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Intellipower, which one??

OK, you've convinced me. Any guess as to which model I need? I plan to stick with conventional lead-acid batteries and since I plan to add a 3rd will have 3 group 27 batteries total.

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Old 06-24-2006, 10:44 AM   #6
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OK, you've convinced me. Any guess as to which model I need? I plan to stick with conventional lead-acid batteries and since I plan to add a 3rd will have 3 group 27 batteries total.

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Get whichever one has the lead acid charge wizard, and at least 60A output.
A coach of your size, and 3 batteries will need that as a minimum.
I have the 60A in my 63, and with all it's lights and extras, it works well. I run 2 lead acid batteries, which the Intellipower does a great job of keeping charged. The unit is also very small and light.
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9200??

This is very interesting. The Bestconverter folks told me, last month, that they were NOT recommending the 9200 because of too many recall problems. I went with WEFCO to avoid the problem and have a full function converter.
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Do check Best Converter

I was going to buy a intellipower with the charge wizard but I picked up a WFCO unit after talking to Randy at bestconverter

The reason is there some thought that AGM batteries should not be charged in the same way that lead acids. (I am going with the AGM type batteries soon)

In any case I found the people at best converter very nice and I would buy from them again.

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I want to make sure my comments didn't get taken out of context. I do not know of any recall on the 9200 series and would not have suggested that. I was and am however concerned about the number of reconditioned units available so early on in the production cycle. I'm pretty sure that was my comment. Please do not think I feel the 9200 won't give you good service, I have no reason to believe that other then what I said about the reconditioned units already available.
Having said that, I'm still not ready to carry them but I do have one that I am testing.
I do have confidence in the PD9100 series, all WFCO units, and believe it or not, the Parallax for those that only need single or two step charging.
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Reconditioned....

...often means reboxed, or re-distributed. Certain models might have been delivered as a bulk order to a RV mfg, and then returned etc.etc., reboxed and sold as "reconditioned" since it woul be ethically wrong to sell them as new. So, the term "reconditioned" or "refurbished" often has nothing to do with the actual product, but rather with distribution, repackaging, or marketing.
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Good point Uwe. Might be the case but they cut the warranty in half so who really knows.
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