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Old 11-19-2013, 05:47 PM   #41
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So if we upgrade the solar controller, we can skip the converter upgrade? Why do both?
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:53 PM   #42
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True...if you have enough sun... When's your new trailer due?...and are you going to pick it up?


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So if we upgrade the solar controller, we can skip the converter upgrade? Why do both?
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Is the difference between the PM4B-45 main board replacement, and the plain ole PM4B-45, just the connectivity stuff for an extra $15.00 ? j

The PM4B-45 is covered and deck mounted and you provide the wiring.
The PM4B-45 MBA 4-Stage Main Board Replacement is pre wired to swap out with the WFCO OE converter. Since it is installed in the conveter housing the main board does not need a protective housing.Replaces any WFCO 8900 series power center main board assembly. Guaranteed perfect fit.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:07 PM   #44
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True...if you have enough sun... When's your new trailer due?...and are you going to pick it up?
Will be completed next week, delivery the following week. TRying to beat the weather.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:25 PM   #45
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Will be completed next week, delivery the following week. TRying to beat the weather.
Good thing your trailer will not have to travel our way on it's journey home to you Jim. We have already had a couple of big dumps of snow and it is now getting really cold out (below -20°C tonite).
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:46 PM   #46
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Wow, you guys are hearty souls.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:50 PM   #47
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which takes the charging voltage up to where it should be and is just a much higher quality, adjustable unit. I set the initial charging voltage to 14.9VDC (temp compensated)
My compliments on your post, particularly the mention of charging at the proper voltage for wet cell batteries. I believe the WFCO controller/charger will top out a charge at 13.4VDC. By charging at the higher rate of 14.9VDC, as recommended by Trojan, you are getting 111% more charge in the battery(s). The TriStar controller is putting out great charges and the fact it is temperature compensated makes it a top choice.

Regarding the PM4-45 MBA, what has been your experience with the replacement? Jubal, you are experienced in electrical systems and I know you did some wire upgrades for thicker gauge, have you tried this? It appears to be a three stage charger with charge rates of 13.2/13.6/14.4, if it gets out of the middle stage and actually charges at 14.4 it would be nice. Is it $175 nice?

Can you order your trailer with an upgraded WFCO model? I know, ask Reace. I will put that on my request list. I am also interested in Trojan T105 batteries in place of the Interstates they are using. I also plan to ship the wiring harness for a Trimetric TM2025 so it can be installed during the build. Thank you for that recommendation Brian.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:12 PM   #48
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Thanks for the compliment! My converter is the latest 4-stage model and "boost" charges at 14.6VDC. Here it is; 45 Amp 4-Stage Main Board Replacement
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My compliments on your post, particularly the mention of charging at the proper voltage for wet cell batteries. I believe the WFCO controller/charger will top out a charge at 13.4VDC. By charging at the higher rate of 14.9VDC, as recommended by Trojan, you are getting 111% more charge in the battery(s). The TriStar controller is putting out great charges and the fact it is temperature compensated makes it a top choice.

Regarding the PM4-45 MBA, what has been your experience with the replacement? Jubal, you are experienced in electrical systems and I know you did some wire upgrades for thicker gauge, have you tried this? It appears to be a three stage charger with charge rates of 13.2/13.6/14.4, if it gets out of the middle stage and actually charges at 14.4 it would be nice. Is it $175 nice?

Can you order your trailer with an upgraded WFCO model? I know, ask Reace. I will put that on my request list. I am also interested in Trojan T105 batteries in place of the Interstates they are using. I also plan to ship the wiring harness for a Trimetric TM2025 so it can be installed during the build. Thank you for that recommendation Brian.
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I upgraded with a TriStar TS-45 Solar Controller which takes the charging voltage up to where it should be and is just a much higher quality, adjustable unit. .
Hi hotfishtacos, in my quest to learn more about all things electrical, I searched TriStar TS-45 and found these 2 possible candidates. Wondering if you got either of these?

- TS-45 Morningstar 45A 12/24/48V Solar Charge PWM Controller
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- TS-45-MPPT TriStar 45A 12/24/48VDC MPPT Solar Charge Controller

Wondered if you also got this doodad Tristar TS-M2 Digital Meter for Tristar Controllers?

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Jamie, I got the TS-45 without the MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) option. I thought that was overkill for me. I did get the TS-M2 Meter and added a temp sensor on my batteries for temperature compensation. It is now essentially a commercial grade, programmable solar charging system.

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Hi hotfishtacos, in my quest to learn more about all things electrical, I searched TriStar TS-45 and found these 2 possible candidates. Wondering if you got either of these?

- TS-45 Morningstar 45A 12/24/48V Solar Charge PWM Controller
or
- TS-45-MPPT TriStar 45A 12/24/48VDC MPPT Solar Charge Controller

Wondered if you also got this doodad Tristar TS-M2 Digital Meter for Tristar Controllers?

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