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Old 08-17-2013, 07:21 AM   #15
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With these nice new converters, does the loud fan still come on all the time?
I'd like to eliminate that nuisance if possible. Ballpark $$ if you don't mind telling.
I really like it that it was less than a hour to install. Ill triple that for me. I don't know the difference between volts and watts.. Ha
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:50 AM   #16
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I never really notice the converter running, so yes I would say it is quieter. As far as cost, under $200 for the converter. As Bob said above, contact Randy at Bestconverter and he will help you with it.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:04 AM   #17
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With these nice new converters, does the loud fan still come on all the time?
I'd like to eliminate that nuisance if possible. Ballpark $$ if you don't mind telling.
I really like it that it was less than a hour to install. Ill triple that for me. I don't know the difference between volts and watts.. Ha
Couple hundred bucks. I have an IOTA and it is very quiet compared to the Parallax. The fan is constantly variable and speeds up based on load not heat so the fan never has to run very fast. I'll look for my install posts and post a link here. -Brad
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:07 AM   #18
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Here's the link to my IOTA install: I added Lifeline Batt's as well.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...ml#post1101799
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With these nice new converters, does the loud fan still come on all the time?
I'd like to eliminate that nuisance if possible. Ballpark $$ if you don't mind telling.
I really like it that it was less than a hour to install. Ill triple that for me. I don't know the difference between volts and watts.. Ha
GA,

Time to install depends on how your Converter is installed. You can see in my pic's above ours is a stand-alone unit mounted in it's own compartment under the front sofa/bed. If yours is behind a panel with integral fuse/distribution center it is a bit more involved but still pretty straight forward.

I know our fan has come on but I've only noticed it when the access door is open.....the IOTA is very quiet.

IOTA price....


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Old 08-17-2013, 10:11 AM   #20
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Here's the link to my IOTA install: I added Lifeline Batt's as well.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...ml#post1101799
Mine is post 36. I recommend that you wire a pigtail edison plug for the new converter and not cut the plug off of the converter as I did because it voids the warranty. The converter is working fine but I would have had an issue if it had failed during the warranty period.
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:54 AM   #21
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I'll be ordering Monday. What a huge improvement. I don't really understand why AS doesn't install these in the first place..
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I'll be ordering Monday. What a huge improvement. I don't really understand why AS doesn't install these in the first place..
Less $$$$$=higher profit.

I suppose you could special order. (a choice many here would choose)
But they rely on the uninformed to bolster the profit margin.

Good luck with the install.

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Old 08-18-2013, 08:47 AM   #23
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I see that Honda offers a 12VDC Unregulated charge option. Is this what you have?

Seems to me I would rather let converter recharge AS batteries. Just plug in your generator to your AS! Or bring along a dedicated battery charger for charging external batteries.
That's what we do, plug the power cord into the generator. Our plug on the
AS is 30 amp so you need a 20 amp adapter to match the plug on the generator. We used to plug the adapted plug directly into the generator, but the vibration would loosen it so we plug the AS plug into a short 20 amp extension cord and the extension cord into the generator.
Our EU 2000 has enough juice to run the converter and the microwave at the same time. We charge the batteries at the same time we are cooking dinner.
Run time to fully charge the batteries varies with us because we have a 200 watt solar charger. If it is cloudy and we get little solar, it takes us at least two hours of run time to almost fully charge the batteries (with a three stage converter). We camp in the fall in Colorado where it goes below freezing at night and the furnace motor runs a lot.
When the converter switches to trickle charge (about 12.8 volts), we switch off the generator. That last little bit of charge takes hours.
The batteries last longer if they don't go below 50% charge, so it is better to charge every day.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:18 AM   #24
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Ordered from Randy yesterday. Will be doing the install next week. Looking forward to quiet, reliable unit.
Thanks for all the input. I'll post a pic or two from the install.
Ruining a few batteries covers the cost of the converter in no time.
I guess AS is really no different from any other RV manufacturer. They will get by as cheaply as possible, to increase the bottom line..
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Be sure to label wires, disconnect shore power ANd batteries!!!!
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Will do. Thanks
I'm hoping there are some installation instructions.. VERY detailed installation instructions.
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Well, Randy recommended the Progressive Dynamics, Intelli-Power 4600. It's a 55 amp. My plan is to do the install tomorrow. If it doesn't go well, I'm in trouble. We are leaving for Colorado pretty soon.. Yikes..
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:25 PM   #28
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Got it installed in four hours.. That's good for me.
I'll see if it works. I'm trying to run the batteries down now. Then I'll hook it to the generator.. Fingers crossed.

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