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Old 11-12-2014, 11:23 PM   #29
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Power max makes a replacement. It's 4 stage. Check the www.bestcoverters.com website mentioned elsewhere in this thread


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Old 11-12-2014, 11:25 PM   #30
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Old 11-12-2014, 11:27 PM   #31
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:57 AM   #32
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Cannibalized Parallax

First, wanted to thank those who have done this converter exchange and posted their experience / install.. A few observations I made during my install.

The Powercenter in the 27FB models are several inches off the floor compared to some of the other install posts. That said, when the Parallax is removed the floor space is limited due to duct work and other wiring, i.e., not enough room to screw to the floor. After much thought about how to create a deck to mount the PM4B-60 Boondocker, I opted to gut the Parallax and use it’s casing for the new converter.

See the attached for a picture of the gutted Parallax. I drilled holes on the fan side to allow good ventilation and increased the size of the hole on the other end to push warm air out. On the rear bottom edge I created 2 slots where the Boondocker tabs can slide through allowing it to rest next to the rear edge of the “box”.


From the additional photos attached you can see how the Boondocker fits inside the existing casing, including the use of the original metal plate where the fuse block was mounted. It really is a perfect fit.

From the final install pic.. Not much of a difference from the OEM look.. Converter is working perfectly.


The only parts I needed for this … 16 inches of red and white 6 gauge wire and a ground wire. A drill, and a rotozip type tool was used for the cuts in the original Parallax box..
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:50 PM   #33
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:51 PM   #34
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:05 PM   #35
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Parallax upgrade

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Has anyone replaced the entire Parallax system with something else that is better? Since the 7300 series as an example causes all these problems and many are moving to a Progressive Dynamics converter, as an example, what would be the pros/cons of switching to something like the Inteli-Power Mighty Mini Power Center from that company? I just saw that one after a google search not knowing if it is necessarily better. The wire feed to the existing distribution box appears to have some slack so it should be just like replacing the circuit box in a house, just priced higher.
This is the 3 stage that I installed in 20 mins and it works great.One of the best upgrades that I have done.

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Old 11-17-2014, 07:21 PM   #36
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That's great

I just made two rails to elevate mine from the floor and used 3m double sided tape that is the kind you can remove if needed

I'll see how it all holds but I think it'll do the job

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Old 11-21-2014, 04:03 AM   #37
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Great to see so many very nice installations..... This must be related to another thread as to "Why an Airstream?" We seem to love our trailers and subsequently do good things for them.


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So, I have a 2012 28ft FC with a Paralax 7300 installed. After three years my Lifeline AGM batteries are a little tired and I want to replace them but not until I replace the converter. My current converter is rated for 55amps as installed from the factory. After reading this thread I have a couple of questions. 1) Is there anything technically wrong with the Magnatech/Paralax upgrate? It appears to be an easy install without getting into a large reconfiguration project. 2) who/where do you buy the upgrade kit? 3) I did read here that someone installed a Powermax PM4-60 4 stage but did have to make some modifications. Is the advantage of the 4 stage so great over the three stage?
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So, Is the advantage of the 4 stage so great over the three stage?
Not that I see, it is just a different counting system. 4 is bigger than 3 so it must be better, right? But you can re count the PD 3 stage and call it a 4 stage if you are in the advertising department
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Just call Randy a Best Converters he is the go to guy for Airstreams converter recommendations.


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Bought my boondocker converter and fb-9 fuse panel from the wonderful and infamous Randy. Pretty sure we know how to hook up the converter but does anyone have any advice (or a diagram?!) for installing and hooking up the fb-9?
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