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Old 11-18-2002, 09:41 PM   #1
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Why use a converter?

I just got back from a weekend trip. While enjoying a quite weekend night, my converter gave out. It is not a Univolt. Instead, it was a cheap converter installed by the PO. The converter no longer charges the battery or converts 120V to 12V.

As I was considering replacement options, I though "why do I even need a converter?" My wife and I enjoy staying in state campgrounds the most, and there are seldom electric hookups. We realy just need to be able to charge the battery in between trips.

I also figure the when we do stay at a campground with hookups, the charger could replace some of the electricity that we use. We would probably never no the difference.

I have a nice 10 amp charger that switches to a maintinance mode when appropriate.

What are your thoughts?
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Old 11-19-2002, 04:16 AM   #2
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Try it for awhile and see what happens. You can always get a new convertor later if you find that you need the 120v. If you survive the weekend on the battery it will save you some $$.

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Old 11-27-2002, 07:52 AM   #3
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Everything runs on 12V. Radio, pump, lights, control center. When boondocking, or dry camping, you run off of the battery, and have to conserve. When at a campground, you are hooked up to 120VAC or 240VAC, the converter gives you a constant source of 12V to run everything, as well as charge the battery.
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