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Old 01-08-2013, 07:49 AM   #15
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I'm probably going to go with the Boondocker. Randy said it would only require some minor mods to make it fit in the 7355 enclosure.

I'd like to do the Trimetric monitor as well. Where do you plan to mount it?

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Did you go with the Boondocker I am trying to decide what converter to get for my trailer. so I would love to know how you made out?
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:09 AM   #16
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I did it 2x now on two different trailers. First was the IOTA 55w, 3stage. I was pleased with it got it and the advice from Best Convertors. Second was a different one also from Best Convertors. I'm happy with that one also, just a different one. Google them or find them here on this forum somewhere. They will steer you right. Not too expensive and an easy DIY job.
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I have purchased and installed converters on three Airstreams.
The Iota DLS-55 is the best one yet.
Quiet, efficient, easy to install; it has a very smart charger that operates equally well with shore power and generator power.
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I have the Iota DLS 55 w/IQ4 and am very pleased after 2 years. Best Converter.com gives great advice. Call and talk to Randy, he may have new updated product info.
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I have installed and used these in two Airstreams. They are good too.

Back to the Iota DLS-55, dzf0g is correct to mention "with IQ-4."
The IQ-4 provides the smarter charging. I don't know if they can be purchased without IQ-4, but it would be a serious oversight.
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They are available with IQ4 internal.....OR a base DLS-55 w/o IQ4 and an external IQ4 module can be added....SOOOOOOO you need to be aware that you do want IQ4, IMO.

Can only speak to what I have experience with...

P-lax...battery burner.

Xantrex replacement, failed out-of-the-box.

IOTA 55a DLS IQ4 has been an excellant choice for us.

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I need a new convertor - replying to subscribe to this thread.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:19 AM   #19
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Did you go with the Boondocker I am trying to decide what converter to get for my trailer. so I would love to know how you made out?
I did get the Boondocker. This one.
55 Amp 4-Stage Main Board Replacement

The install wasn't too tough although I got to install it twice. I took the old Parallax out by removing the screws securing the box and pulling it out. Used 3M double side tape to secure the new unit to the floor. No big deal, right? But when I went to install the door on the front and crack a beer I found that the door is secured to the enclosure that I had removed with the P-lax converter. So I got to take the Boondocker back out. Then I had to get the P-lax converter out of it's enclosure box by drilling out the welds and using a little brute force, destroying the old converter. Then I remounted the new unit in the box and reinstalled. Now I have expertise I hope I never have to use again.

I checked charge voltages and they were right where I wanted them. I haven't had the trailer out yet to really check it out, but I'm pretty confident that Randy at BestConverter.com didn't steer me wrong.
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So I am having high voyage problems on my new 27 FB Classic. Getting readings of 16.2 - 20VDC

I dropped the trailer off at the dealer today and while discussing the problem, the technician indicated that the problem was most likely the "lower end" of the converter.

I inquired if I could replace the converter with a different make. The technician told me that we had to stick with the original converter because the entire 110v / 12 v would have to be rewired and new breaker panels installed. Our layout has the breakers / convertor beneath the pantry.

Any comments or recommendations?

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Warranty?

This should be warranty work, why pay a penny for anything? Let them replace the converter with the same. It is not the best available but it is more than adequate.
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So I am having high voyage problems on my new 27 FB Classic. Getting readings of 16.2 - 20VDC

I dropped the trailer off at the dealer today and while discussing the problem, the technician indicated that the problem was most likely the "lower end" of the converter.

I inquired if I could replace the converter with a different make. The technician told me that we had to stick with the original converter because the entire 110v / 12 v would have to be rewired and new breaker panels installed. Our layout has the breakers / convertor beneath the pantry.

Any comments or recommendations?

Thanks
Does yours look like this?

If so your tech doesn't know what he's talking about. I just installed a new converter. I used the same AC and DC panels. It involved 5 wires. 2 AC 2 DC and a ground. I now have a 4 stage charger that won't fry my batteries like the stock one.

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Old 08-02-2013, 05:37 PM   #24
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Does yours look like this?

If so your tech doesn't know what he's talking about. I just installed a new converter. I used the same AC and DC panels. It involved 5 wires. 2 AC 2 DC and a ground. I now have a 4 stage charger that won't fry my batteries like the stock one.

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It does look similar to this. I have 50 amp service. Does this matter?
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It does look similar to this. I have 50 amp service. Does this matter?
Nope.
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Does yours look like this?

If so your tech doesn't know what he's talking about. I just installed a new converter. I used the same AC and DC panels. It involved 5 wires. 2 AC 2 DC and a ground. I now have a 4 stage charger that won't fry my batteries like the stock one.

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Dave has it exactly right IMO. Several forums members have posted about this same upgrade recently, and probably more have done it than have posted about it. The dealer doesn't want to hassle with a non-factory part, but they either aren't being honest with you about it or they're just unaware of the upgrade converter that fits into the stock power center.

If you don't want to fight about replacing the Parallax with a better converter right now (since they're going to push to use the "factory" part for warranty work) at least make a note of the information so you can upgrade it when it dies or boils batteries after the warranty.
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In the tech's defense, it isn't as simple as a direct swap out. It requires a little (very little) customization.
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Dave has it exactly right IMO. Several forums members have posted about this same upgrade recently, and probably more have done it than have posted about it. The dealer doesn't want to hassle with a non-factory part, but they either aren't being honest with you about it or they're just unaware of the upgrade converter that fits into the stock power center.

If you don't want to fight about replacing the Parallax with a better converter right now (since they're going to push to use the "factory" part for warranty work) at least make a note of the information so you can upgrade it when it dies or boils batteries after the warranty.
What replacement brand / model would you recommend? I think I have a 55 or 60 amp convertor. I have AGM 27 batteries.

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