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RE: Progressive Dynamics Wizard Pendant

Yeah I hit float mode this morning! It only took 3 days!!!
1L243 09/24/21 12:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Progressive Dynamics Wizard Pendant

I just got off the phone with BestCoverter and their theory is there can be no load on the system for 30 to 40 hours like a light and maybe even a parasitic load like 4 watts for the Wizard to go into storage mode. I guess Will see over time it it ever reaches storage mode.
1L243 09/23/21 10:45am Tech Issues
RE: Progressive Dynamics Wizard Pendant

I just read specification on the interweb about the 9260C that did not come with the Converter and it said "Storage mode: once the battery reaches full charge and remains unused for 30 hours, this mode maintains a lower voltage to compensate for self discharge. This reduces battery stress and minimizes gassing and water loss" I guess it depends on what unused means?
1L243 09/23/21 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: Progressive Dynamics Wizard Pendant

I just checked the battery monitor and it said the batteries were at 100% they were receiving a .53 of a amp charge at 13.6 volts with a 6 watt load. At the same time the Wizard Pendant was flashing in Normal mode. It's been about 35 hours since I installed the converter and the trailer has been plugged into shore power during that time. 13.6V at .53A is 7.2W, 6W is going to your "load" and 1.2W is going to your batteries which covers self discharge. That 6W load may be enough to prevent the Charge Wizard from dropping to storage mode (13.2V). I would suggest removing all loads then try again. 6W load may be "phantom" loads from the stereo memory, fridge control board, water heater control board (DSI), propane detector and if equipped propane shut of solenoid controlled by propane detector. My RV has no stereo, no fridge with electronic control board and has a manual pilot light water heater.. My PD pendant has no issue dropping to storage mode and the pair of 6V GC batteries use less than 20 oz of water per yr.. I agree they are phantom loads that I cant do anything about they will always be there. What I see on the monitor is a load of 6 watts but a positive rate of charge of half and amp. The monitor screen also pulsates when it's receiving a charge so you can tell at a glance what it's doing and it is pulsating.
1L243 09/23/21 09:55am Tech Issues
RE: Progressive Dynamics Wizard Pendant

You keep saying that your battery monitor shows 100% full, but don't post voltages. I am assuming that you are talking about the idiot lights on the RV wall. That light will show 100% charge anytime the voltage at the battery (note that I did not say OF the battery) is 12.7v or 12.8v, or somewhere in that area. Since the absolute LOWEST voltage your PD will output is 13.2v, that idiot light will ALWAYS show 100% charged while plugged in. It is responding to the PD's voltage, not the battery's voltage. That is a totally meaningless reading. If you want that idiot light to have at least SOME meaning, unplug the RV from shore power and let it sit for a day for the battery's surface charge to dissipate. Then, and ONLY then, will that idiot light have any POSSIBLE meaning. But, it will still be only a vague indication. No I have a shunted battery monitor that shows battery rate of charge and discharge.. I shows load amp hours and battery charge percentage. The only idiot light im tring to figure out is the Converters Wizard Pendant. Which has to be plugged into shore power for it to work.
1L243 09/23/21 09:40am Tech Issues
RE: Progressive Dynamics Wizard Pendant

What kind of battery monitor. The standard indicator on the wall of most RV's will always show "Full up" when plugged in, any "Volt meter" type indicator shows full up when plugged into shore power. The current may also be different than what you think it is . Give the Wiz at least a day to charge than read it. worked fine on mine. I have a shunted battery monitor it shows power coming and going amp hours and percentage of charge. I also tested the voltage at the battery 13.6 volts but that is controlled by the converter while its plugged into shore power.
1L243 09/23/21 09:36am Tech Issues
RE: Progressive Dynamics Wizard Pendant

I just checked the battery monitor and it said the batteries were at 100% they were receiving a .53 of a amp charge at 13.6 volts with a 6 watt load. At the same time the Wizard Pendant was flashing in Normal mode. It's been about 35 hours since I installed the converter and the trailer has been plugged into shore power during that time.
1L243 09/23/21 12:36am Tech Issues
Progressive Dynamics Wizard Pendant

I just installed the Progressive Dynamics 9260C converter. It comes with the Wizard Pendant that is suppose to show the state of charge by flashing at certain intervals. The install went fine but a little confused on how the pendant is suppose to work. My batteries showed that they were fully charged by last night after being plugged into the new converter for several hours. According to my battery monitor the batteries were only taking in .53 of a amp. That should be Float or storage mode and the Wizard should be blinking every 5 seconds or so. BUT it's not it blinking every other second like in Normal mode. If I use the manual override button to put it in float mode it eventually will go back to normal mode? Either it's taking much longer to reach float mode or the Pendant is not working right or it's operator error Any thoughts
1L243 09/22/21 08:52pm Tech Issues
Mini Split AC

I have watched a couple of youtube videos of Mini Split ACs in a RV. The advantage is way more quiet, less power to operate and cheaper. The problem is where to put the compressor box. I don't know nothing about AC units and you will tell from my question. I was thinking if you could mount the compressor horizontally (flat) It would open many more options like under the RV. Is that possible?
1L243 09/22/21 10:58am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

Interesting factoid. When I drew the batts down to 73% and plugged in the converter started to cycle. I left it unplugged and checked it again a few times and it still was cycling. I decided to leave it plugged in for a while even though it is cycling it's still charging a little at a time. I checked it an hour later and the batts now up to 83% and the converter was charging as it should and no longer cycling. Maybe it's when the converter is charging at it's highest rate of charge is when the problem occurs? Regardless I think I will be going with the Progressive Dynamics 9260c. Now I just have to figure where I'm going to get it.from.
1L243 09/12/21 11:59am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

There is no load except for the charging it's self. Im ready to throw a new converter at it just to see if it works.
1L243 09/11/21 02:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

Checked at power distribution panel and the voltage is going up and down a few 10ths of a volt as the converter cycles up and down. Plus the fan goes on and off as the cycle starts at high amps and then goes off as it gets to low amps. Over and over and over I see Go Power makes a converter smart charger that will fit in the same place as the WFCO charger. Any reocomendations?
1L243 09/11/21 10:21am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

I lowered the batteries to 73%. Then I let them rest for an hour and plugged into 110. And the cycling returned. I let it sit for 3 hours just in case there was a heat issue and still cycling. I tested the battery voltage at the batteries at the same time the battery monitor shows cycling between 44 to .02 amps and the batteries go up and down a few 10ths of a volt at the same time as the cycling?? Clue?? I think my only choice at this point is to replace the Converter with a new one. Should I go with a direct WFCO 8955 replacement or should I go with a after market?
1L243 09/10/21 10:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

Sure sounds like you have a restable breaker that is sometimes installed on rv's/campers. It is on the line from the Converter to the batteries. Your converter is putting out enough amps to trip the breaker.. Your solar for most installs bypasses that breaker, depends on how it was installed. Jim I replaced all the re settable breakers with manual ones a few months ago. All is still working as it should. Im going to drain the system down to 80% again to make sure all is still good.
1L243 09/10/21 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

I have been home from my 2 weeks off grid camping to Wyoming for about a week now. When I was off grid the cycling of the volt meter had stopped the next day and started working properly. I did not know why. I only had Solar and generator. When we left our dry camping spot and got to our next location which had hookups my batteries were fully charged when we arrived from the solar and they remained that way till we got home so I did not notice anymore cycling. When I got home the trailer sat for about a week and I thought I would lower the batteries down to 80% and see what happens. Yep, the cycling in the battery monitor was cycling again. I checked connections all was good, battery acid levels were at the top. I noticed on my trip that the 30amp shore power plug, the wire was exposed at the bottom of the plug? The plug is molded to the battery cable. So, today I decided to replace the plug. After replacing the plug the voltage cycling stopped and the battery monitor worked as it should? Do you think it could have been a defective plug all along? Now the next problem.. My battery monitor is shunted. Why was it showing lower voltage in relation to battery percentage. I fully charged the batteries to 100% and reset the battery monitor. After a few hours the monitor continued to read 100% but voltage level was at 12.45v That was not right. I have four batteries 12v Lead acid batteries in my bank. The battery monitor was wired to battery #3. I moved the monitor leads to battery #1. Battery #1 Is the battery that has all the positive leads from trailer and solar. The monitor started reading the correct voltage? 12.85v. The batteries are wired in parallel and I tested voltage at each battery and as you would expect all read 12.85v. I have no explanation for why the monitor read a lower voltage when connected to battery #3? But for now, all is working as it should????
1L243 09/08/21 03:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire Failure

" Les Schwab's ST tire is a Tow Star E rated tire Yes they have a china stamp on them." SAD you didn't get to the GY dealer. So your spare tire wouldn't have gotten you an additional 155 miles and saved your self more tire issues in the future? 4PM on a Friday I was happy LS was able to get me in and they were just 20 miles away. Plus I was thinking I have three more of those tires on the Trailer. I may not even have this trailer in two years if they last that long fine if not I will replace them when I'm not stuck between a rock and a hard place. I read a atricle recently there they were shooting down all ST tires no matter where they were made and going with a LT truck tire?
1L243 09/08/21 10:38am General RVing Issues
Tire Failure

I still had the original tires on my 2017 Coleman 300tq Toy hauler. I was planning on replacing them next year with Good Year Endurance ST Tires. BUT On a recent trip to Wyoming I was 200 miles into the days route with 175 to go. I stopped at a rest area for a short break. This was the first trip with the new TPMS system for the trailer. As we were getting ready to pull out a tap at the window, a guy towning a toy hauler to Sturgis said I think you got a problem with your trailer tire? Sure enough... height=380 width=460 A 12 inch chunk of rubber was missing. Tire was still holding pressure and temp range was normal. I suspect it just happened as we were pulling into the rest area. height=640 width=460 It was 4pm on a Friday and we were 20 miles from a Les Schwab dealer and 175 miles from a Good Year Dealer. Les Schwab won. My original tires were D rated Constancy tires. Les Schwab's ST tire is a Tow Star E rated tire Yes they have a china stamp on them. There was no time for procrastinating I needed the tires on. I have had Les Schwab tires on my truck before and they do all my front end and brake work. They seem to be a stand up company They got right on it and we were out of there in two hours. height=380 width=460 We will just have to see if the ST Tow Stars hold up or not. I always do a walk around before setting out and saw nothing with the tires but in the future and will be doing a closer inspection before heading out.
1L243 09/06/21 07:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

I praised that wrong I turned off the inverter powering the trailer when on solar but left the solar and charge controller on. The generator engine was running fine the surging had to do with electrical load The amp surging would occur both on and off eco mode. The amp surging was like a 30 second cycle. My converter has four charging cycles as the charging on 75% battery level begins the converter could show 25+/- amps as the batteries become more charged it drops to 15a to 8amps and by the time ths batteries are at 90% to 3 amps or less. Which make charging on the generator for only 3 amps a waste of gas. My batteries get down to 75/80% overnight. This morning batteries down to 78% generator work fine no surging. One interesting note although my batteries were at 78% my voltage level was at 12.1 MyChart says they should have been at 12.37 12.40?
1L243 08/19/21 12:25pm Tech Issues
Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

I'm dry camping in Wyoming for the past 9 days been running on solar with no problems. Rain today batteries down to 78% so started up the generator. Solar is turned off to the coach solar charge controller going to batteries. Converter turned on and I notice generator surging slighly in eco mode. The battery monitor shows the charging amps starting at 30amp then drop one amp at a time till it gets to 0 then back to 30amps and over and over. If I unplug from the generator no engine surging but cant check generator load.. Trying to figure is this a generator problem or a converter problem? I have to get the batteries charged so I let it run amps surging or not. Made sure not to run any appliances during this. After about an hour the it all started working as it's supposed to like nothing was ever wrong. Any thoughts?
1L243 08/18/21 10:43am Tech Issues
Lippert Thin Shade Door Window Installed height=640 width=480 height=640 width=480 Most of us have the opaque widow in the door of our travel trailer or toy hauler. You can't see though it it does let some light even at night when you don't want it. Some of the new trailers are not coming with windows in the doors at all, what's up with that? height=480 width=640 Lippert makes a replacement window that comes dark tinted and a black out shade. The dark tint matches the rest of the windows in the trailer. This is a two person job. You can get either the screw in type or the press to fit connectors. The press to fit window if you have one will have no interior screws showing on the inside frame. You will need special clips (included) to remove the window. It's a personal preference my OEM window had screws the replacement was snap to fit clips. The instructions tell you more how to fit the shade than to install the window. There are youtube videos to help you out. Remove the original window screws or clips clean the area around the outside of the window rubbing alcohol or similar product to remove sealant residue. The new window comes with sealant installed for the window and the frame. The window glass is loose in the box packaged but amazed it makes the trip without breaking. You can put the glass in the outer frame set in the sealant (they seemed stingy on the sealant). This is the method shown on most of the videos I watched. For me I did not like it. The glass did not want to stay in the frame even after pressing the window into the sealant. I preferred to set the outer frame in the hole and tape it to the door. Use lots of tape as you will be pushing against it from the other side even as your helper will help hold the frame to the door. height=640 width=480 you want to keep one hand on the glass at all times. I set the glass inside the outer frame from the other side of the door, holding the glass in making sure it's in contact with the sealant. Holding onto the glass I set the inner frame fastening at the bottom first to help secure the window in place and prevent it from falling out.. The clips will click into place and keep clicking until they are tight. You will need your second person to put pressure on the outside of frame at the same time your pressing on the clips. Keep going around the frame until it don't click any more. Don't like the clips then get the screw type. From the outside the window is very dark like all the other windows in the trailer. You can't see in but you can see out. height=640 width=480 height=640 width=480 The shade can be inserted at a 45 degree angle. there are two locking clips at the top and bottom . Pay attention to the instructions of which way the latch locks as the top and bottom are different. You can install the shade to it pull down from the top or you can install it so it pushes up from the bottom by basically installing the shad upside down. This is preferred because there is a problem with operating the shade from the inside when the door is closed, you can't. That's because the screen door is in the way. By installing the the shade so it pushes up from the bottom you can still see over the top of it while making it difficult for someone to see in. height=640 width=480 Good Luck!
1L243 07/18/21 10:27pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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