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  • Parts Needed to Add Power to Trailer
  • To add power to your converted camper you will need a power inlet and a power converter with an AC/DC panel. For these you can use the Epicord 30 Amp Twist Lock Power Inlet # 277-000137 along with the Progressive Dynamics 4000 Series Inteli-Power Converter w/ Charge Wizard and AC/DC Panel # PD4045KA. You will need to add Romex wire from a local hardware store and run it from the inlet to the panel and the accessories you plan to put in your camper. I have added the instructions of...
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  • Maximum Amp Main of Breakers on Progressive Dynamics 4500 Series Converter
  • I checked with Progressive Dynamics and the breakers for the Progressive Dynamics 4500 Series Inteli-Power Converter # PD4575K18LS8 are 50 amp main. This is also true of the other models of 4500 Series Converter, parts # PD4560K18LS8 and # PD4590K18LS8. I have added a link to a video review of this converter for you to take a look at.
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  • Replacing a DC Convertor as Part of AC Panel on RV
  • The Progressive Dynamics PD9200 Series Inteli-Power Converter - 12 Volts - 45 Amps # PD9245C is 8-1/4" long x 7-1/4" wide x 4-11/16" deep. If this fits in the slot you are referring to in the bottom of the power panel then you will be all set. You can cut the plug off the end and hardwire it as you stated, but that will void the warranty because you will be altering the manufactured product.
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  • Are Redarc Battery Chargers # BCDC1225D and # BCDC1240D Compatible with AGM and Lithium Batteries
  • Yes, both of the BCDC Redarc batteries, part # 331-BCDC1225D and part # 331-BCDC1240D, are compatible with AGM, gel, standard lead acid, calcium, and Lithium ion (LiFePO4) batteries. The wiring configuration will be very similar between the two. You will just need a low voltage disconnect when using the Lithium Ion battery as you can see in the attached photos. To get the proper fuses you will need the 40-Amp MIDI Fuse Kit # 331-FK40 for part # 331-BCDC1225D, or the 60-Amp MIDI Fuse...
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  • Recommended Truck Camper Dual Battery Charging System
  • The NOCO Genius Mini On-Board Battery Charger - AC to DC - 2-Bank - 8 Amp # 329-GENM2 will work for a shore power to batter power charger for batteries up to 120 amp hours. If your batteries are larger then you will need the NOCO Genius On-Board Battery Charger - AC to DC - 4-Bank - 40 Amp - 12V # 329-GEN4 to charge batteries up to 230 amp hours. Most truck campers will instead use a DC to DC charger for the camper batteries. If your batteries are under 200 amp hours, I recommend the...
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  • Best Solar Recommendation for my 2020 Forest River Wildwood 310BH
  • What a nice Camper to have!! To help maintian a battery charge the 2.5-Watt Solar Battery Charger part # PTW2997 you looked at is adequate. This is just a maintenance charger though like a trickle charger it will just keep your battery from discharging it will not keep up with loads put on the system. When it comes to usable solar power for you pre wired set up you can't go wrong with the Go Power Portable Solar System with Digital Solar Controller - 200 Watt Solar Panel part # 34282610...
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  • Recommended Solar Panel and Charging Connection for Vilano 320GK with Prewire Furrion Solar Input
  • The Furrion Solar port # FSPINS-BS only fits with the male connector that comes on their solar suitcase. We had issues with that product so we don't carry it and they don't have a connector available as a separate part. I reached out to them directly to confirm this. The best solar panel in my opinion we carry for cost to function is the Go Power Portable Solar Kit w/ Digital Solar Controller # 34282730 and then you can simply use the 7-Pin Trailer Adapter for Go Power Portable Solar...
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  • Choosing Between The Redarc 25 amp or 40 amp Model For A 2018 RAM Promaster 1500
  • Your 180A alternator will work fine with any of their BCDC models. Whether you need a 25, 40 or 50A model will depend on the size of the battery bank you’re planning to charge. If its between 75-200Ah the # 331-BCDC1225D model will be fine but if its greater than 200Ah either the # 331-BCDC1240D or # 331-BCDC1250D will work best to replenish the battery bank faster. Yes, the BCDC can accept unlimited solar Watts/ Amps but its output is limited by the model chosen (i.e. 25, 40 or 50A). Yes,...
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  • Does The Manager30 Replace Solar Panel Controller
  • Yes, the The Manager30 Battery Management System with Lithium Profile # 331-BMS1230S2-NA takes place of the solar controller for your current solar panel system. Solar panel controllers are used to help manage the power coming in from the panels and since The Manager30 does the same thing it actually can't be installed with a solar panel controller. The Manager30 is definitely an upgrade though as it pulls power from the solar panels and your vehicle start batter (via the alternator). It...
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  • Wiring a Trailer With Dual Batteries and Solar Charger
  • Let's try and take this one at a time to make things easier; to start with the black wire from the 7-way plug (the 12V) should be run to the pair of 12V batteries you already have in the battery box. In terms of grounding they will be grounded through your charger, such as in the accompanying diagram of the CTEK D250S Dual Battery Charger # CTEK40186, which you would want to use with the SmartPass CTEK56676. The LED lights each need to be grounded to the frame of your trailer; they...
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  • Battery Types that Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power Battery Chargers Can Charge
  • If the 6 volt batteries were wired in series so that their output voltage was 12 volts you could use the Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power RV Converter # PD9260C to charge them. This is compatible with flooded lead acid, AGM, and gel batteries. Basically everything you mentioned but Lithium batteries. For the Lithium style batteries you'd need the # PD9160ALV instead. Note that this does not fit the other style of batteries and only the Lithium.
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  • 2006 Forest River SV291 Surveyor Power Converter Box Replacement
  • We have great options for circuit board converter boxes that will fit your 2006 SV291 Forest River travel trailer. We have two different configurations with different amperage ratings based on the power requirements of the RV. We have the vertical style like part # PD4560K18LS8 for a 60 amp or # PD4590K18LS8 for a 90 amp or we have the horizontal style like # PD4045LIKA for a 45 amp or # PD4060K for a 60 amp. Best option is to check out what you have, determine it's amperage rating,...
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  • Battery Management System for Camper in GMC Sierra That Can Charge from Solar/Alternator/Shore
  • Your best option is the The Manager30 Battery Management System with Lithium Profile # 331-BMS1230S2-NA. It does everything you need it to do, is perfectly compatible with your setup and batteries, and is an all-in-one solution that eliminates the guesswork of trying to piece together something that would most likely cost about the same. I attached a review video and an install video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • Recommended Mounting Location for Redarc DC to DC Battery Charger # BCDC1225D
  • It is advised to install the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D or # 331-BCDC1225D in your trailer and not your truck. I've attached videos of this installation to assist. Specifically we put this product in the front storage compartment of the RV to be close to the wiring that connects to the vehicle and also the trailer battery because the unit installs between those two components. The In-Vehicle refers to the trailer and not the tow vehicle so you can use the...
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  • Recommended Vehicle to Trailer Battery Charger for Trailer Battery
  • Without hesitation, I recommend using a 7-way trailer connector and using the 12V charge line you find at the 1 o'clock position to run to a battery charger and then your trailer battery. Most charge lines only take whatever amperage is not being used by the vehicle and sends it to the trailer battery providing a maintenance charge. Your trailer clearance lights will run without issue using either plug and drawing power from your vehicle, so the 7-way will serve you well for that function...
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  • What is the Difference Between Redarc Battery Isolator # 331-SBI212 and # 331-SBI212D
  • The primary difference between the Redarc Smart Start Battery Isolator # 331-SBI212 and # 331-SBI212D is that the Isolator # 331-SBI212D is actually a dual-sensing battery isolator, which means it can transfer power in either direction when connected in-line with 2 batteries. When connected in this way with 2 batteries, 1 that is charged by your alternator and another that is connected to an outside source, it will transfer power in either direction to keep both batteries charged. The...
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  • Can 45 Amp Go Power Converter/Charger be Used to Replace 40 Amp Converter/Charger on Trailer
  • If your battery has a max current of 45 amps then yes, the Go Power Smart Battery Converter Charger # 34266168 can be used for your application. My contact at Go Power said that this charger wouldn't be compatible with their batteries as they are rated for a max of 30 amps. Your 30 amp supply is actually different than your battery. What you want to do is find out the amp hours of your battery and choose something that is rated for about 30% of your amp hours. For example, if your battery...
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  • Does Progressive Dynamics 4500 Series Inteli-Power Converter # PD4575K18LS8 Come with Breakers
  • The Progressive Dynamics 4500 Series Inteli-Power Converter # PD4575K18LS8 that you referenced does not come with breakers actually. I attached a picture that has the breaker info for the unit though. You'll need to supply your own. I attached a review video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • How to Install 7-Way on 2020 Hyundai Palisade for Brake Controller
  • The best option we have right now (August 2019) is for you to install the 4-way on your 2020 Hyundai Palisade from Hyundai as we don't have an option yet, and then convert it to a 7-way with the part # ETBC7 which comes with everything needed to install a brake controller and convert the 4-way to a 7-way. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup....
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  • How to Charge Up a Trailer Mounted Battery While Driving
  • The 12 volt circuit on a 7-Way trailer connector is not adequate for charging up a trailer mounted battery. At best it can maintain the current charge in the battery assuming nothing is drawing power from it. Solar power takes a very long time to charge up a typical 12 volt car-type battery so it will need a little help to charge up the battery. Take a look at the DC to DC charger # 331-BCDC1225D. With this unit you can actually charge up the trailer battery while you drive. It has inputs...
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  • Parts Needed to Protect Trailer Battery from Overcharge Due to Vehicle Battery
  • The 12V power from your 2006 Ford F-150 will actually only trickle charge the battery on your trailer, meaning the charge rate is very slow. If you are using your battery on a regular basis then it would be more beneficial to use a charger like part # CTEK56353 when you are parked than it would be to rely on your alternator to charge the battery. With that being said, we do have a selection of battery charger/maintainers that you can add to your setup to help protect your battery. I...
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  • RV AC/DC Breker Panel and Charger Compatible with Lithium Batteries
  • We do have a version of the Progressive Dynamics panel that is compatible with your LiFePo type Lithium batteries. For that you'd need the # PD4060LIK. The kit you mentioned is not compatible with this style of battery.
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  • Recommended Trailer Wiring for Solar and Vehicle Charged Trailer Batteries with Inverter
  • I can absolutely help you with this trailer. First, I recommend using the Epicord 7-Way Molded Trailer Plug with Junction Box - 10' Long # 277-000141 along with ring terminals # 44-5310A. This will easily allow you to convert your 4-way wiring and also add your trailer brakes using # 10-1-1. Then you can use the 10 inch # AKEBRK-35-SA for the 4 hole mounting flange or 12 inch # AKEBRK-7-SA brake assemblies for the 5 bolt mounting flange. For your charging your trailer batteries from...
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  • RedArc BCDC Battery Charger Compatibility with Variable Voltage System and AGM Batteries
  • The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input - DC to DC - 12V/24V - 40 Amp # 331-BCDC1240D is designed to work with smart alternators like yours when you use the 60-Amp Relay Kit for Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-RK1260. You will also need to use the 60-Amp MIDI Fuse Kit for Redarc In-Vehicle 40-Amp BCDC Battery Charger # 331-FK60. This prevents your alternator being overloaded and it won't back-feed your alternator either. This system is rated for AGM or Lithium...
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  • Is Circuit Breaker Needed When Wiring Deka Battery Isolator # DW08771
  • When wiring up the Deka Battery Isolator # DW08771 the main/first battery will connect directly to position one on the isolator without the need for a circuit breaker. The second battery though should be attached to the second position on the isolator via a circuit breaker that is rated appropriately for the battery. The alternator will go to the A post on the isolator. I have attached a diagram that you might find helpful as well. You should not have to worry about the second battery...
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  • Inverter/Converter Recommendation for Replacing MagneTek Series 6400A in Pop Up
  • The most similar converter panel we offer for RVs like yours that is also priced well is the Progress Dynamics RV Power Control Center with AC/DC Panel and Converter/Smart Charger # PD4135K which is rated for 30 amps of AC and DC power similarly to what you have now.
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  • How To Attach the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger To the Start Battery
  • The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger part # 331-BCDC1250D needs to be installed on the trailer, next to the service/auxiliary batteries. That said, this now means you must run a wire from the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger to the start battery in your vehicle. The correct size wire to use will vary based on total length as you mentioned. I recommend you go pretty large so you don't have to worry about issues with length or voltage drop. We actually have a kit that will work...
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  • Recommended Vehicle to Trailer Battery Charger with Solar Power Option
  • The CTEK battery charger # CTEK56353 is a great charger for when you have shore power, but will not work for a vehicle to trailer battery charger. To charge your trailer battery from your Outback 2.5i, you will need a different type of charger. If you are a fan of the CTEK brand, then you would want the CTEK D250S Dual Battery Charger 12V- 20a, 5 step, Heavy Duty # CTEK40186. This will allow you to use your vehicle battery to charge your trailer battery without draining your vehicle...
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  • Types of Battery Chargers for Auxiliary Battery on Dump Truck/Trailer
  • We do offer battery chargers, including AC-powered unit like NOCO Genius # 329-GEN2 and DC-powered types like Redarc # 331-BCDC1225D, as well as Solar panel chargers like # PTW2997 that help maintain your auxiliary battery whenever sunlight is available. The vehicle wiring kits we sell are generally limited to passenger vehicles to allow them to tow recreational trailers. If you are looking for a heavy-duty wiring kit to deliver power to your dump bed motor this would best be sourced...
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  • Solar Panel Recommendation for 2018 Keystone Sprinter
  • So typically trailers like yours will have a battery that the inverter can draw power from when the generator isn't running. What the solar panel can do is help keep that battery topped off. If your 2018 Keystone Sprinter is already wired for a solar panel this should already all be taken care of and all you need to do is pick out the best panel for your needs/budget. One great option is the Go Power Retreat Solar Charging System with Digital Solar Controller # 34272635 which was designed...
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  • Progressive Dynamics Might Mini Power Converter for Lithium Battery
  • The 60 Amp Progressive Dynamics Mighty Mini AC/DC Panel and Converter/Smart Charger # PD4060K is not compatible with lithium batteries but we do have the part # PD4060LIK which is. This is essentially the exact same panel but it is designed to work with lithium batteries as opposed to flooded lead acid, AGM, and gel batteries.
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  • Solution For Powering An ARB Fridge While Dry Camping
  • I recommend the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1250D, the main reason for this is controlled current draw. By using a BCDC, this charge current will be regulated to a specific amount. The current draw from the starting battery would be limited to 55-58amps. The BCDC should be mounted no further than 5 feet from the batteries it is charging. This ensure the output voltage is not effected by voltage drop. Some other steps to consider include changing your battery...
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  • Recommended In-Vehicle Battery Charger for House Battery on Ford Transit
  • The Redarc Smart Start Battery Isolator # 331-SBI212D referenced in your question will install between your Ford Transit's start battery and house battery. This will essentially pull power from either battery in an effort to keep both charged. It can potentially charge the house battery to 100%, but this is dependent on the start battery being completely charged as well, which likely won't be the case for the most part. This particular product isn't so much a standard battery charger, but...
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  • How to Charge Trailer Batteries with the Vehicle's Alternator and Shore Power
  • I do have options for you but the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger part # 331-BCDC1240D would not accept AC current from shore power and then use that to charge your two AGM batteries while disconnected from the tow vehicle. The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger would still be needed while driving but when parked you would need to install a power converter to charge the batteries using shore power. The correct power converter will vary depending on the A/h of your batteries...
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  • Can Trailer Battery Be Charged from Vehicle, Solar Panel, and Wall Outlet Charger
  • Basically you'd want the CTEK D250S Dual Battery Charger # CTEK40186 to cover the solar panel and alternator charging of the battery and then when wanting to charge the battery from shore power you'd want a charger designed for that like the # CTEK56353. You can install the quick connects of this kit to the battery and easily connect the charger when needed. This would not require the removal of the D250S either. Basically it would just be a matter of letting the trailer charger setup charge...
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  • Recommended Wiring for RedArc BCDC Charger Used for Auxiliary Battery to Power Inverter
  • To connect your Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input - DC to DC - 12V/24V - 40 Amp # 331-BCDC1240D, you will need the 60-Amp MIDI Fuse Kit for Redarc In-Vehicle 40-Amp BCDC Battery Charger # 331-FK60. This will protect your vehicle and battery from potentially damaging overcurrent from short circuits or overloads. You will run the Red Wire from your RedArc unit to the fuse, and then from the fuse to the positive battery terminal on your vehicle start battery. I've...
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  • Can I Replace My RV Converter With a Converter With a Higher Amp Rating
  • It looks like the WFCO 8935 is a 35 Amp converter, so you're not going to be able to install the Progressive Dynamics # PD9245C because it is rated for 45 amps. Adding a higher amp rating converter to your system could potentially cause overheating of the wiring on your 2006 KZ Jag camper, which could cause damage to the wiring system and/or fires. If your current converter has gone bad, you can use the # PD4635V which is listed as a direct replacement option for your WFCO 8935.
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  • Recommended Solar Panel Connection for Furrion Prewired Solar Connection on Trailer
  • The 2.5-Watt Solar Battery Charger # PTW2997 is a great option for your solar charging needs on the go. This product will not completely supply the needs of your Furrion camera system but can be used along with a battery to charge the battery so the battery can power the unit. I recommend the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input - DC to DC - 12V/24V - 25 Amp # 331-BCDC1225D which will allow you to have power from a solar panel amplified and will amplify the trailer battery...
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  • Installation Kit and Wiring for Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger 331-BCDC1225D
  • To install your Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D you can use the matching installation kit # 331-FK40 which includes fuse holders, fuses and cable crimps. Based on the 40-amp value of the fuses supplied in the kit you will be fine with 8-gauge wire for a 12-foot run.
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  • Recommended Trailer Battery Charging System for Enclosed Motorcycle Trailer for Tools and Mattress
  • You can absolutely use a battery in your trailer to do all the things you desire. You will simply want to get a deep cycle battery and get the amp hour rating you desire. The CTEK D250S Dual Battery Charger 12V- 20a, 5 step, Heavy Duty# CTEK40186 along with the discontinued CTEK SmartPass Energy Management Unit for CTEK D250S DUAL Battery Charger CTEK56676 are a great combination for that as the D250S alone will not work well on the high-capacity deep cell batteries. Instead...
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  • Is a Solar Controller Needed to Install Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger
  • A solar controller is not required to install the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D, the solar panel does get connected to the charger directly via the yellow wire. As for fuses you will need the 40-Amp MIDI Fuse Kit for Redarc In-Vehicle 25-Amp BCDC Battery Charger # 331-FK40 which gets installed as per the accompanying photos; it will depend on the type of battery (lead acid or Lithium ion) you are using. I have added a link to a video review of this charger...
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  • How to Jump Start Vehicle Battery From Aux Battery with Redarc BCDC Charger
  • Than you so much for your recent purchase! If you want to be able to jump start your vehicle's battery using the auxiliary battery your best option really is to add the Redarc Smart Battery Isolator (SBI) # 331-SBI12 to your existing setup that includes your Redarc BCDC Charger # 331-BCDC1225D. I reached out to my contact at Redarc and this is the specific isolator they recommended to work with this charger for this purpose. I have attached a wiring diagram that you might also find...
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  • Can 35 Amp Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center Supply AC Power from Batteries
  • The 35 Amp Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center with AC/DC Panel and Converter/Smart Charger # PD4135K is used to distribute power from an AC power source to both AC and DC accessories. If you are needing to use DC power for AC accessories then you need an inverter like the basic 2000 Watt Inverter part # 34278156 or the Inverter/Charger/Transfer Switch 2000 Watt part # 34280055 instead. The first (basic) inverter allows you to power AC products with DC power like from your...
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  • Charging Dump Trailer Battery Recommendations
  • The CTEK 12-Volt Universal Battery Charger w/ Pulse Maintenance # CTEK56353 is a charger that you'd use when the trailer is parked. It plugs into a wall outlet and will charge your dump trailer battery all the way up quickly. It would not be a charger that could charge the trailer battery as the truck and trailer are travelling down the road. I attached a review video for the charger for you to check out as well. If you wanted to directly charge the winch off your truck battery then...
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  • Finding Circuit Breakers for Progressive Dynamics Panel part # PD4135K
  • For the branch 110 volt breakers in the Progressive Dynamics Panel part # PD4135K you need to run 20 amp breakers according to Progressive Dynamics that you could source at a hardware store or online possibly. We do not carry them currently. ITE/Siemens—QP,QT, Thomas & Betts—TB & TBBD Series, Square D—HOM, HOMT, Cutler Hammer/Bryant—BR,BRD Series, and GE—HACR are recommended brands.
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  • Is Go Power RV Converter and Smart Battery Charger Good Choice for Battery Bank of RV
  • The Go Power RV Converter and Smart Battery Charger # 34266168 would be a really solid choice to charge your RV batteries. It can put out up to 45 amps which would easily charge your battery bank and it also monitors the battery life and provides a multi staged charge based on the battery's current condition. I attached a review video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • What Gauge Wire is On Back of Progressive Dynamics Mighty Mini # PD4045KA
  • All of the wiring at the back of the Progressive Dynamics Mighty Mini # PD4045KA that you referenced is 10 gauge.
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  • Why is an RV Fuse Box Setup Better than a House Fuse Box in Travel Trailer
  • A house fuse box won't be ideal for an RV setup as it won't have a AC and DC power output setup which is common for RVs but not houses. That's why the # PD4135K is more ideal for your setup. It also comes with a charger setup to charge a trailer battery too so it covers a lot of the standard electrical needs of an RV. This would work great for you and would not be overkill. I attached a review video link for this for more info on it as well.
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  • Compatibility of DC to DC Charging Trailer Batteries While Operating Refrigerator Off Inverter
  • Yes. The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D is designed to allow you to run your inverter and other components while towing. If you need more than the 25 amps and 375 watts for your application, then I recommend the 40 amp # 331-BCDC1240D which will give you 600 watts.
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  • How to Power Interior Trailer Light While Trailer is Unconnected from Tow Vehicle
  • There really isn't a way for you to power the interior light in your dog trailer with the trailer unconnected from the tow vehicle unless you were to install an auxiliary battery in the trailer. If you were to install an auxiliary battery you would also need a battery charger to keep the battery charged like part # CTEK56158. The best and most cost effective solution for you would be to install a battery powered light inside the trailer like part # NM-MOTION-011. This light can be motion...
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  • Are Progressive Dynamics Converters Compatible with Flooded Lead-Acid Batteries
  • I believe by FLA you mean "Flooded Lead-Acid" battery bank. Since this is just the standard battery yes, the Progressive Dynamics PD9200 Series Inteli-Power Converter Charger # PD924024A as long as they are connected as a 24V system. If they are setup as a 12V system then the equivalent at 40 amps is part # PD9140A instead. Attached are review videos for you to check out.
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  • Can Leads on NOCO Genius On-Board Battery Charger be Extended?
  • The leads on the NOCO Genius On-Board Battery Charger # 329-GEN4 can be extended up to 10' but only after the inline fuse. The manufacturer does not recommend extending the AC cord or modifications between the inline fuse and the charger. To add protection you should add another inline fuse closer to the battery with fuse holder # SWC9538 and 15 amp fuse part # C58450-1. This charger will work with the NOCO Genius AC Port Plug with Extension Cord # 329-GCP1 which is 16" long and that...
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  • Recommended Trailer Battery Charging To Allow AC, Refrigerator, and Landing Gear To Function
  • When your trailer battery is properly charged, you should not need your vehicle connected or shore power to un your landing gear. Your trailer battery is most likely not getting the charge it needs. From your 14.28V you are getting from your 7-way connection, that will only provide a small maintenance charge to your battery and won't allow it to get over 80 charged. You would need to use a battery charger when not towing to get it up to full power to run your landing gear, fridge, and...
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  • Can The Redarc Charger Feedback Into The Vehicle's Electrical System
  • I contacted Redarc and the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input - DC to DC part # 331-BCDC1225D and 40 Amp version part # 331-BCDC1240D is designed so the current only flows in one direction. The battery isolator also protects the vehicle's battery from draining.
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  • RV Battery Charger and Portable Solar Panel System for Boondocking
  • Yes, Redarc DC to DC battery charger # 331-BCDC1240D is the right choice for charging your trailer's 540-amp battery bank. This unit can mount in the cabin of your vehicle, along a chassis frame rail, or in the engine compartment and it will connect to the vehicle's battery for input power, not to your 7-way. Use the heaviest gauge wire you can for all connections. Redarc recommends 6-gauge for runs up to 16-feet and 4-gauge for longer runs; this applies to battery input power, solar...
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  • Is An Additional Breaker Box Needed for the Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center
  • The Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center part # PD4135K has both AC and DC sections therefore will work as a pass through for all of your 110/120 volt and 12 volt equipment. There are 5 AC branches which hold the circuit breakers and 6 DC branches which hold the fuses. There would be no need for an additional breaker box though you would need to add the individual breakers and fuses which will be dependent on the item you have hooked up to that circuit. The Progressive Dynamics...
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  • Using Redarc Battery Isolator on Boat with Two Engines and Batteries
  • This is a really good question. I spoke with my contact at Redarc and this is what they sent me: There are a few variables to the application but realistically keeping each engine with its own starting battery is recommended. The reason behind this is if there was an issue with one engine, you will always be able to run the other. My assumption is that your customer is wanting to run auxiliary equipment. If this is the case then another battery or battery bank is required and then...
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  • Does the Progressive Dynamics 4500 RV Power Control Center Come with Breakers?
  • The Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center with AC/DC Panel and Converter/Smart Charger - 90 Amp # PD4590K18LS8 does NOT come with the breakers included, but you can source those from any retail outlet that offers electrical supplies- Home Depot should have them. I've attached the required specs that you'll need when searching for the appropriate breakers to this answer.
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  • Can Solar MPPT Charge Controller be Connected to Progressive Dynamics AC/DC Panel and Converter
  • I reached out to my contact at Progressive Dynamics and he said that you can use the Mighty Mini AC/DC Panel and Converter/Smart Charger # PD4045KA at the same time as your solar MPPT charge controller, but your solar needs to be connected directly to your batteries and you won't run it through this converter. So they can be used together but that's because they will be connected to different things. You cannot connect your MPPT charge controller directly to this converter.
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  • Redarc Smart Start Battery Isolator Recommendation for 150 Amp/Hour Alternator
  • Since the alternator is 150 amp/hours you'd want the Redarc Smart Start Battery Isolator # 331-SBI212D which is rated for 200 amps. The 100 amp kit would be too low rated for your alternator.
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  • Largest Wire Gauge to Use for DC Terminals on Progressive Dynamics Control Center PD4560K18LS8
  • I reached out to my contact at Progressive Dynamics and he said that the DC terminals on the RV Power Control Center # PD4560K18LS8 will work well with up to 12 gauge wiring. The terminals themselves are rated for a max of 20 amps DC, which is typically what 12 gauge wiring is used for so there isn't a need to use a thicker gauge. I have attached a short video review on this system that you can check out as well.
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  • Can a CTEK Battery Charger be Used to Charge a Battery Through 7-Way on Trailer
  • The CTEK D250S Dual Battery Charger # CTEK40186 can be spliced into the 12V Power wire from the 7-Way on your trailer. It then connects to your trailer battery and provides a maintenance charge. This basically just help to keep your battery from draining, it will not necessarily charge it. To charge your battery you will also need to add a solar panel like part # PTW2997 and connect it to the CTEK battery charger as well. The CTEK charger will then from the solar panel and your 12V power...
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  • Wiring and Socket to Use with Progress Dynamics RV Power Control Center # PD4135K
  • For 30 amps like what the Progress Dynamics RV Power Control Center with AC/DC Panel and Converter/Smart Charger # PD4135K is rated for you'd need to use 10 gauge wire minimum if made from copper or 8 gauge if made from aluminum. For a new socket to install on the side of the camper we have the Epicord 30 Amp Twist Lock Power Inlet # 277-000138 which would work perfectly as well.
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  • How To Protect the 12 Volt Circuit On a 7-Way From a Generator
  • It sounds like you are asking if you can use a battery isolator to protect the battery on your tow vehicle from the generator while powering items on your trailer. If that is the case then yes, the Deka Battery Isolator part # DW08771 will work for you. However, I doubt you will be drawing anywhere close to 120 amps so you would most likely save some money with the 95 amp version, part # DW08770.
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  • RV Power Converter that Can Input and Output 12 Volt and 24 Volt and Compatible with Lithium Battery
  • The closest we can get to what you are looking for is the Progressive Dynamics Mighty Mini AC/DC Panel and Converter/Lithium Charger # PD4060LIK. This allows input of AC and DC power and also can output AC and DC like you need plus is compatible with Lithium batteries. This can also accept solar panel charging as well but you may need to use a converter to convert the voltage to 12 volts. It is not 24 volt compatible though. I attached a review video for this as well.
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  • Should Indicator Lights Illuminate When Noco Battery Charger is Connected to Batteries
  • Is the charger plugged into a wall outlet? It does not draw power for the diagnostic/indicator lights from the batteries and instead does from outlet it's plugged into. If there are not lights that come on the charger when plugged into a wall that would indicate most likely an internal problem.
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  • Will RedArc Battery Charger Work With Solar Panel and 7-Way to Charge Camper Battery
  • I reached out to a representative of Redarc who told me that the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D is the correct charger for your application and there will be no interference or conflict with the charges the battery is getting from the solar set up. The input to the BCDC Charger will be sourced from your F-250's start battery (which is going to be on the passenger's side of your 2-battery set-up) with the 60-Amp MIDI Fuse Kit for Redarc In-Vehicle 40-Amp BCDC Battery...
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  • Charging Trailer When Truck Engine Is Running
  • You're correct that the 12 volt power circuit from your truck will not effectively charge a trailer battery that is being used to power hungry electrical loads such as a fridge, lights, inverter, etc. The best way to charge a trailer battery is by using the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D (25A model) or # 331-BCDC1240D (40A model). These products also have an inbuilt MPPT solar regulator and battery isolator function. The solar regulator will allow you to charge the...
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  • Wire Gauge for Progressive Dynamics Power Control Center
  • According to Progressive Dynamics, with the 35 amp Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center with AC/DC Panel and Converter/Smart Charger # PD4135K you will need 8 gauge wire. I have added a link to a video review for you to check out as well.
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  • Does The Manager30 Battery Management System Charge Vehicle Battery
  • The Manager30 Battery Management System # 331-BMS1230S2-NA will not charge your vehicle's battery from any source, though it will not drain the vehicle battery. The Manager30 will always charge the house battery first from solar, then to the AC Mains, and then the DC vehicle battery; you will never have an issue with your vehicle battery running out of power using this system. I have added a link to a video review for you to take a look at as well.
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  • Owner's Manual for Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power RV Converter and Smart Battery Charger
  • I have attached a link for you of the owner's manual of the Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power RV Converter and Smart Battery Charger - 12V - 60 Amps # PD9260C; I have also added a link to a video review of this converter for you to take a look at. There isn't a specific age I can offer for you for this converter.
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  • What Camper Power Panel Does Progressive Dynamics PD4135K Replace
  • RV makers and dealers do not keep track of the specific power panels they install in their campers so we have no way to look this up, but the Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center part # PD4135K is actually a direct replacement for the WFCO model 8735. In other applications it will still work fine but modifications can be required. You might be able to find a brand and part indicated on your pop-up's power panel which will help. The Progressive Dynamics Power Control Center #...
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  • Breakers that Can be Used with Progressive Dynamics 4000 Series Inteli-Power Converter
  • I checked with Progressive Dynamics and the approved breakers for use with the Progressive Dynamics 4000 Series # PD4045KA are: Thomas & Betts – TB & TBBD series Square D – HOM & HOMT series Cutler Hammer/Bryant – BR & BRD series GE – HACR series
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  • What Breakers to Run in Branch Circuits of Progressive Dynamics Panel part # PD4135K
  • For the branch 110 volt breakers in the Progressive Dynamics Panel part # PD4135K you need to run 20 amp breakers according to Progressive Dynamics. ITE/Siemens—QP,QT, Thomas & Betts—TB & TBBD Series, Square D—HOM, HOMT, Cutler Hammer/Bryant—BR,BRD Series, and GE—HACR are recommended brands.
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  • Does Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center Come with Breakers
  • The Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center with AC/DC Panel and Converter/Smart Charger # PD4560K18LS8 does not come with any breakers. You will need to provide those.
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  • Where to Connect Negative Side of Battery to 35 Amp Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center
  • According to the instructions for the Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center with AC/DC Panel and Converter/Smart Charger # PD4135K, the negative side of your battery will need to be connected to the backside of the converter. I have attached a photo to help demonstrate this as well as a clip from the instructions and links to the instructions so you can access them directly.
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  • Wiring Exterior Trailer Lights to be Powered by Reverse Circuit and On Board Battery
  • In order to wire your exterior hi-mount trailer lights so that they are powered by the reverse light circuit on your Ram but can also be powered by the on board battery, you will just need to use a diode like the Roadmaster # RM-790. The output side of the diode will go to your exterior LED lights, while the input side will go to the center pin on your 7-Way and also to your on board battery via a switch like # PK34308. I also recommend adding a circuit breaker like # 9506P before the battery....
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  • Upgrading from a Powertek 3009 30 Amp Panel to a Progressive Dynamics 50 Amp Panel
  • I do have an option for you but all of our AC/DC Distribution Panels come with a converter. For a 50 amp service with 60 amp converter, we have the Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center part # PD4560K18LS8.
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  • Can the Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center PD4590K18LS8 Be Installed Horizontally
  • The Progessive Dynamics RV Power Control Center with AC/DC Panel and Converter part # PD4590K18LS8 can be installed vertically with the converter section down or horizontally with the converter section to the right. So you would want the fan registers to the right when you install it horizontally.
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  • Add Battery/12V System To Existing 120V System In Pop Up Trailer
  • For the application that you are attempting, you will need to install a battery and wire the trailer to run off that battery instead of running off the shore power at a campsite. If all of your trailer lights and appliances run off of 120V then the 12 volt battery is not going to power them. you will need to add 12 volt accessories and lights to the trailer. If the trailer currently uses a converter from the shore power and the accessories and lighting run on 12 volts then you can run them...
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  • Can 35A Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center Replace Magnetek 6612 Converter
  • The Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center with AC/DC Panel and Converter/Smart Charger # PD4135K should be a great replacement for your Magnetek 6612 converter as long as it didn't have anything larger than a 35 amp rating. I tried looking up the specs for your 6612 model but I couldn't find anything so it's a little difficult to compare this unit with what you have. Attached is a review video for you to check out and if you look at the product page you can see all of the specs...
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  • Can 50 Amp RV Plug Be Hooked Up to Progressive Dynamics Converter # PD4060K
  • I reached out to my contact at Progressive Dynamics and he said the 4000 Series Inteli-Power Converter # PD4060K won't work with a 50 amp inlet like # A10-50INBKVP because the AC/DC panel is only rated at 30 amps. With this in mind you could hook up a 30 amp inlet such as the Epicord # 277-000137 to your existing panel. Otherwise to install a 50 amp inlet you would need a higher-rated converter and AC/DC panel like the Progressive Dynamics # PD4575K18LS8. This particular unit features...
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  • Do Batteries Have to be Connected to Progressive Dynamics 4000 Series Inteli-Power Converter
  • You can connect the Progressive Dynamics 4000 Series Inteli-Power Converter # PD4045KA just to shore power to power your AC and DC appliances. The batteries are not necessary.
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  • Can Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center # PD4560K18LS8 be Used with Solar and Alternator
  • The Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center # PD4560K18LS8 that you referenced is designed to AC power sources and can then put out both an AC or a DC power supply or charge circuit so it can accept solar and alternator power like you are wanting. You solar panel setup would need to still use it's control module setup to deliver voltage to the # PD4560K18LS8.
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  • DC to DC Charger and Solar Panels for Best Charging of Multiple Batteries
  • The CTEK D250S Dual Battery Charger 12V- 20a, 5 step, Heavy Duty # CTEK40186 has a maximum output of 20 amps. When used with the (discontinued) CTEK SmartPass Energy Management Unit for CTEK D250S DUAL Battery Charger CTEK56676, my contact at CTEK said it has a max amperage output of 120 amps not the 80 they have previously stated in the past. This combination will allow 14.4 volts and 120 amps to pass to your batteries whether using solar or alternator. He also stated that you can...
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  • Comparing CTEK and NOCO Battery Chargers
  • We recently added the NOCO product line to our existing range of battery chargers which has long included CTEK products like # CTEK56353. I have owned one of the CTEK chargers for almost 6 years and it has worked perfectly for me in continuous service, always being on either a motorcycle, lawn mower or car battery 100-percent of the time during those 6 years. Based on that performance I can only give it high marks. The NOCO charger # 329-G15000 for example also provides charging and...
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  • Is Redarc Manager30 Battery Management System Good Choice for Two Lithium Batteries
  • The The Manager30 Battery Management System with Lithium Profile # 331-BMS1230S2-NA that you referenced is correct for your application. It works with your type of batteries and puts out enough amperage to keep them charged as well. A 30 amp charge on a 12 volt battery is a very solid charge. The batteries will still charge very quickly with 30 amps ran to them. Most battery chargers don't supply a fraction of that. This only is designed to charge batteries and does not supply AC...
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  • What Fuses Are Needed When Using CTEK D250SA Battery Charger with SmartPass 120
  • I spoke with my contact at CTEK regarding the fuses needed when using the D250SA Dual Battery Charger # CTEK40186 with the SmartPass 120. He did state that because of the start assistance that the SmartPass 120 provides, they highly recommend using a 300 amp fuse and not a 120 amp unit. You will also want to use a 30 amp fuse instead of a 25 amp before the solar panel input.
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  • Comparing CTEK D250S and SmartPass vs Redarc DC-DC Charger
  • I reached out to my contact at CTEK and the CTEK D250S Dual Battery Charger 12V- 20a, 5 step, Heavy Duty # CTEK40186 does utilize the Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT) as well. When partnered with the (discontinued) Smartpass CTEK56676 you will be able to run your fridge/freezer as you stated. The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D will also be able to accomplish this so it is a better option for this application. You will also need the fuse kit # 331-FK60 for this...
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  • Will Inteli-Power Converter w/ Charge Wizard be used with Lead-Acid Batteries
  • I reached out to the manufacturer and they told me the Progressive Dynamics 4100 Series Inteli-Power Converter w/ Charge Wizard and AC/DC Panel # PD4135K was "designed for lead-acid batteries" so yes, it can be used to charge your 12V lead-acid batteries.
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  • Does Progressive Dynamics 60 Amp RV Power Control Center Convert DC to AC
  • The Progressive Dynamics 60 Amp RV Power Control Center with AC/DC Panel and Converter/Smart Charger # PD4560K18LS8 does have a built-in converter but if you have some outlets that are designated for AC power then you do need to use an inverter like the Go Power Heavy-Duty Modified Sine Wave Inverter # 34280178. For this you can use the fixed-mount remote # 342GP-HD-R and the installation kit # 342GPDCKIT5 to safely connect the inverter to your battery and monitor your system.
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  • Which Progressive Dynamics Converter for RV with 3 AGM Batteries?
  • The fan on your Progressive Dynamics # PD9260C running more often than usual could mean a couple of things are going on here; and you're correct in thinking that most of them aren't a good sign. It sounds like you've cleaned out the vents on the converter as well as changed the fuses, but one of the telltale signs that your converter is going out is that it's overcharging your battery. I recommend checking the voltage on your batteries; they should be around 13.5v if the converter is still...
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  • Will a Progressive Dynamics 4500 Series Panel with 60 Amp Converter Work With a 50 Amp Service
  • Yes, the Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center part # PD4560K18LS8 is actually designed specifically for a 50 amp service. The 60 amp rating you are seeing is for the converter output which refers to the rate that your batteries charge while hooked up to shore power.
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  • Can NOCO Genius Battery Charger 329-GENIUS10 Be Connected to Battery for Long Periods of Time
  • You can absolutely keep the NOCO Genius Battery Charger # 329-GENIUS10 hooked up to your dump trailer battery for long periods of time without the fear of overcharging. Once the battery is fully charged, this multi-stage charger will automatically switch over to a maintenance mode that will simply top it off when needed so it's in prime condition when it's time to take the trailer out again. The charger features a 10 amp maximum output and consumes a maximum of 150 watts of power.
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  • RV Power Control Panel Conversion With Progessive Dynamics Charger
  • I contacted Progressive Dynamics and it is possible to plug the Progessive converters directly into the existing power control panel on the Forest River however the Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power RV Converter and Smart Battery Charger part # PD9270 is 70 amps so you would want to replace it with a 60 amp. I recommend Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power RV Converter and Smart Battery Charger part # PD9260C which is the same converter but 60 amps.
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  • What is Maximum Input Current of Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D
  • The input current max that the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D you referenced is 25 amps or 300 watts. That's for solar or from other sources as well.
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  • Would Redarc Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D Cause Backfeeding Problem with Vehicle Wiring
  • The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D that you referenced would not allow amperage or voltage to backfeed onto the vehicle trailer wiring to the point of causing any issues. With DC power it's okay to have more than one power source connected on the same circuit and there won't be any problems. AC power is a different story but that's not something you'd need to worry about.
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  • Battery Charger Recommendation to Charge Trailer Battery from Alternator and Solar Panel
  • The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-SBI12KIT that you referenced can manage input current from a solar panel and an alternator as well as 12 volts to 24 volts so you'd be totally fine to use this. You would not be able to reverse the flow of the charge though and go from the battery bank you are charging back to the vehicle. It only allows charging in one direction. I attached a chart that shows how this wires up as well.
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  • Why Does Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center PD4135K Not Charge RV Batteries
  • When using an item like the Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center # PD4135K to charge your RV batteries it is important to confirm the batteries are a compatible type. This unit works with several battery types: flooded lead acid, AGM, and gel batteries. The instructions for this item are linked for reference. You'll also want to note that RV batteries will last for a finite number of charge-discharge cycles. A deep cycle battery usually has a lifespan of about 200 charge-discharge...
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  • How to Power AC Outlets and DC Lights with Shore Power on an ATC Enclosed Trailer
  • In order to run both AC outlets and DC lights off shore power in your ATC Enclosed Trailer you will actually need a AC/DC distribution panel, not a power converter. For this, I recommend using Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power AC/DC Distribution Panel part # PD4045KA. The AC distribution panel is rated for 120 VAC at 30 amps with up to 7 branch circuits. The DC section has 12 branch fuse holders, two wired to accommodate 30 amp fuses, ten more with a maximum rating up to 20 amps each....
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