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Steve102C3
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« on: May 30, 2006, 10:58:24 AM »

I'm looking at a Progressive Dynamics power converter for my conversion, specifically the PD9160 with the Charge Wizard.

Does anyone have an opinion on these? Pros and Cons?  Another brand you would recommend?

Thanks in advance.

Steve in Arkansas.
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2006, 12:09:07 PM »

I upgraded to this model from an Iota after the Iota fried my batteries.  The PD did a very nice job of three stage charging of my batteries.  I could leave my RV plugged in all the time with no battery problems.  It will even equalize the batteries once a week.

Brian Elfert
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2006, 09:27:36 PM »

Steve, FWIW, these days, most folks invest in a decent RV-style inverter/charger unit. Unless you plan on spending a lot of time plugged-in (and you might... and that's fine), you'll likely want an inverter anyway (unless you plan on running the genset a lot... and that's fine).

If you're truly not needing an inverter, though, and as long as your unit has a good 3-stage charger... it sounds like it might be a good deal.

BTW, a used 2500w mod. sine w/ 130A 3-stage charger/ 30A AC transfer switch can probably had for about $700-$800 on eBay. Dunno what price point your converter is...

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Brian Brown
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2006, 06:52:15 AM »

Brian and Brian,

Thanks for the input.

I always have my generator running or I'm plugged in. I really don't have a need for an inverter. If it was just my wife and I, it would be different. We almost always have a minimum of 5 traveling which means 2 a/c's running plus TVs, hair dryers, curling irons, and all the other accessories required by teenaged girls.

I've been using a bench battery charger for a little while, but I know it's not designed for operating like this.

Thanks again.

Steve
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2006, 03:22:45 PM »

May the Bus God's Bless you my son...you seem to be drowing in a sea of Estrogren (Bil Engvall)!

But trust that time passes and you'll one day have the luxury of being the Father of the Bride(s)!

Enjoy it while it lasts.  Grin

A happy father of 3 wonderful girls (now married and gone)!

NCbob
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