Originally Posted by pteck
I would say no to the upgrade. In my situation, there wouldn't be any value for the money spent.
For incrementally more money than an upgraded converter, I was able to install solar, which has its own 4-stage charge controller with temperature compensation. I park outside. So it alone is what manages the day to day charging and maintenance of the batts.
Therefore the original converter is only utilized when I go camping in a full hookup sites. In these situations, I use the trailer in the store position, which decouples the converter from the batts.
So the original converter-charger is largely used for its converter function and rarely as a battery charger anymore. Perhaps the only use case as a charger would now be boon docking in extended overcast conditions where I may use it with a generator.
Thanks! I've ordered the OEM replacement 55RU. I am happy with the solar package, but there are a lot of additional draws on the 12V
, especially the fans, not to mention the various tank heat pads, that for several months of the year the converter will be needed with either shore power or the generator hooked up.