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Old 03-08-2013, 12:28 AM   #61
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Thank you! I only bought it to charge up a cell phone, tablet, iPod, laptop, or e-reader, none of which I have. But one never knows what the future holds.

If you are only using these devices (other than the laptop) then your best bet is to get 12 volt adapters for them. The i-pod/pad use USB and 12volt to 5volt USB adapters are cheap; virtually all phones have 12volt adapters available.

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Old 03-08-2013, 12:58 AM   #62
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[QUOTEI wonder if Escape would install that at build time as a custom option?[/QUOTE]

I'm sure Reace would. He pulled two 3 gauge power feed lines for the inverter I installed after receiving the trailer.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:45 PM   #63
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Thanks

You all have so incredibly helpful, thank you so much. I've learned a ton.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:27 AM   #64
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:44 PM   #65
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I then ran #10 wire (with a 30 amp breaker) between the inverter & the converter.
Hi, I'm reading and re-reading posts on batteries, inverters, solar, etc., trying to get a grasp on things. I don't yet have a good grasp, but something in your post jumped out at me so I thought I'd ask about it. It's a little out of context, but I'm just trying to piece together all the little bits of info floating around in my noggin'.

One of the oft referenced links, I think "The 12V Side of Life I", states something like it's best to replace your converter with a 3 stage charger if you use an inverter. You seem to have retained your converter with your inverter. So, since you seem to be well on top of all things electrical, it seems like the converter/inverter combo is fine? j
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The WFCO converter supplied by Escape is a 3 stage converter, however it does not have the best reputation for staying in the Bulk (fastest charging) mode as long as some other converters. If you spend most of your time plugged into a power bush, it will not be a problem, but if you dry camp and depend on a generator to recharge your batteries, it will take longer at the 13.6V Absorption mode than another converter that spends more time in the 14.4V Bulk mode.

If you have the GoPower solar option. it is a 4 stage charger & equalizes the batteries every 28 days. This is good in that it tends to make them last longer. Some brands of converters are also 4 stage. You can check out the various brands & options at Best Converter.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:17 PM   #67
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Thanks for the info. What I think it means to me is:

1. I should've worked harder at my foreign language classes!

2. if I hypothetically get dual 6v, solar, and an inverter, and I spend my time camping without plugins, the GoPower charger will be a good solution for my charging needs? ( I assume the WFCO converter is not also included - I would think 2 chargers are not necessarily needed).

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The solar panel and controller is an option, and works with your converter. Since the converter is used for your AC circuit breakers and your 12V fuses, even if you never plug into campground power, it is necessaey. No problem running both.
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:08 PM   #69
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I don't think you got that right...the converter is not actually needed if you never plug into 120VAC or don't want to charge batteries while plugged in. The WFCO panel includes the circuit breakers and fuses. The converter does not. However, Escape Trailers comes standard with both.
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The solar panel and controller is an option, and works with your converter. Since the converter is used for your AC circuit breakers and your 12V fuses, even if you never plug into campground power, it is necessaey. No problem running both.
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Thanks for the help, learning as I go here. j
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