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Old 08-13-2008, 11:01 PM   #1
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My intellipower converter seems to be working intermitantly. At times I have 12 volt power and all of the accessories work, but periodically it shuts off, drains the battery and no lights or accessories. How do I troubleshoot it? It is a 45 amp unit about 1 and 1/2 years old. Thanks Curt
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:23 PM   #2
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My intellipower converter seems to be working intermitantly. At times I have 12 volt power and all of the accessories work, but periodically it shuts off, drains the battery and no lights or accessories. How do I troubleshoot it? It is a 45 amp unit about 1 and 1/2 years old. Thanks Curt
Hey Curt,

The Prog Dyn Intellipower converter chargers have a protective system that shuts off before overheating. This could be due to the following:
An intermittant short in the trailers DC wiring or battery wiring causing an overheat condition, and the possibility of a drained battery. The question here is why the house fuse for dc wouldn't blow first.
The second scenario is a defective battery causing overheating of the charger, prompting a shutdown.
Or, the PD9145 is defective.

To trouble shoot, I would disconnect the battery and observe the converter, see if it still shuts off. If yes, come back...and post your findings. If no, then the battery might be the culprit.
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Does anyone know what size converter I would need and what brand is good?
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Suggest you contact Randy at bestconverter.com

He is a member here and can give you good advice.
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John,
I believe that for Safari, a converter/charger that puts out about 40 to 45 A is appropriate.
With this you can charge up to 2 batteries, and at the same time supply 12V to the house for fans, lights etc.
Intelli-power converters with their charge wizard module have served me well over the years.I recently purchased a Xantrex 60A unit for a client project. So far, the 60A Xantrex with fuse panel is the nicest made converter/charger that I have seen. But as the other posters suggest, ask Randy for the latest and greatest.
The more capacity you buy in a charger, converter, the cooler it will run and the more headroom you have for charging and simultaneously using 12V in the house.
If you want a mild upgrade, go with a 40A unit. For a full bore 12V redo, go with a 60A.
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I purchased a 45 amp WFCO from Randy a couple of years ago. I have found the convert works flawlessly. Although if i were doing it today I would purchase the 55 amp or larger. I find that with two incadesant lights on in the trailer the fan for the converter is not on. When we turn on a third incadesant light the fan turns on. The fan is noticable throughout the trailer. Our 30ft classic has more incadesant lights than it should. This of course is another issue and someday I will change these lights to led when the technology is appropriate.

Go with the larger unit....

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