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Old 06-29-2011, 04:21 PM   #1
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I'm sure this question has been asked before, but my searches did not uncover the answer. When I pick-up my brand-new 2012 FC 25FB from the dealer in August, should I have them replace the stock converter with an Intellipower converter with multi-stage charging, or even better, have it installed at the factory, since it has not yet been built? (If so, which model do I need?) I keep reading about how careful other Airstream owners must be in monitoring their batteries when using the stock converter. I've also read where generator charging is also much faster with the Intellipower converter. If this is the case, I don't understand why Airstream doesn't use a multi-stage converter. I assume most Airstream owners are using the stock converter. Am I missing something?
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:28 PM   #2
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:50 PM   #3
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A question for those using the stock Airstream converter: How do you keep your batteries from being over-charged (water boiled away, etc.) when hooked to campground power for long periods of time (days, weeks)?
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My factory installed unit worked fine for 20 years and we would be plugged in for months during the winter in Florida or Texas. However, I installed the Intellipower 9245 two years ago and it is doing fine.
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Pretend your boondocking, only keep it plugged in for an hour or two a day.

Battery's may even last longer if they are cycled, charged/discharged,
carefully on a regular basis.
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I noticed in the specs for my trailer an "Electronic Battery Disconnect" feature. Will this allow me to disconnect the batteries (while hooked to AC power) once they are fully charged?
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I noticed in the specs for my trailer an "Electronic Battery Disconnect" feature. Will this allow me to disconnect the batteries (while hooked to AC power) once they are fully charged?
If you are plugged in for long periods of time, I prefer to use a battery disconnect switch to disconnect the batteries. The converter-charger will provide all of the 12v power you need while you are plugged in to 110v. Batteries should be periodically charged and used when dry camping/ boondocking, but I really see no need to keep them connected and charged constantly.
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If you are near the trailer and go into it regular one way to do it is to just leave it plugged into AC but to turn the converter off with the 110 switch for the converter. You can turn the converter on for a couple of hours every few days to keep the battery up. I keep a battery voltage plugged into the socket in the bathroom so I can check the state of the charge. Another stragety that some use is to plug the airstream into a timer and only have it on for 1 hr a day. You can also turn off the 12 volt power with the battery disconnect, but that takes all the 12 volt down and I like to run the fantastic fan and some lights when we go in the trailer for working on it, cleaning, and re-outifitting for trips.
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Hmmmm....I think you should talk to the Airstream folks. Our '08 Safari Sport came with a multi-stage convertor.
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I upgraded to the same unit last year. I feel I can justify the expense with longer time between battery replacements. I opted for the external IQ-4 module, so that the IQ-4 LED coud be mounted in a visable location.

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Lewster recommended the Iota, ordered for me, and I installed it. The factory model converter was one stage and I did not keep it plugged into shore power when I realized it was cooking the batteries, but let the solar system charge the batteries. I always worried whether campground power through the converter was cooking the batteries, but now that I have a multistage charger, life is good.

Ahab, I'm surprised your '08 came with a 3 stage, ours did not.

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It would be great if you could have the factory install an IOTA. In fact, have them install some proper cables while you're at it. Then, down the road, you'll be set up for AGM, solar and what ever else suits you.
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I just bought two inteli-power 9245 converters (one for each of the streams) for $106.99 a piece plus shipping on ebay.

I'm hoping this will be well worth the expense given the alternative of hiring a baby-sitter to plug and unplug my AS every 3 days.

Has anyone had bad luck with multi-stage converters? Are they as trustworthy as some make them out to be?
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Are they as trustworthy as some make them out to be?
IMO, the quality ones are.

I can't speak to the 9245, no experience with the brand.

I replaced the OEM Parallax when I switched to AGM battery's.

The Xantrex replacement failed after 8 daze.

The current Iota DLS55 IQ4 has worked flawlessly for three Seasons.

The AS has stayed plugged during our current heat wave, with the AC set at 78 degrees, all systems GO.

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