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RE: New trailer, new challenges

I have the converter now and sourcing the other pieces to get it hooked up. I have a quick dumb question - It says use “A minimum of 8 awg wire”. Does that mean 8 awg or thicker (lower number) or 8awg maximum thickness? I have some 4 awg to use if that will work.
Kach 08/05/20 06:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Is this a problem?

Thanks for the replies. For more info, trailer is a 2021 and I’ve only had it about 3 weeks. It hasn’t even been rained on yet! I think I’m going to email the manufacturer so at least I’ll have a record that this goes back to the trailer being new. I’ll also follow up with looking at other trailers of the same model to compare. You’d think they’d at least use OSB with a smooth side. I didn’t get up there, but it does fee solid and not like water damaged OSB feels.
Kach 08/04/20 09:01pm Travel Trailers
Is this a problem?

We have a 2021 Highland Ridge - Open Range stick and tin (conventional) trailer. It has a 3/8” walkable roof deck, although ours did not come with a ladder. I noticed the other day from my stepladder that the roof surface is not smooth. Most noticeably, the seams look terrible although all is intact and well sealed. Whatever is over the seams (under the roofing membrane) is relatively soft and smooth so that part just seems cosmetic. The other weird thing I noticed is that the roofing surface seems to have an embossed look with the OSB type material surface showing through. I can feel the material texture under it as welll. This is a PVC roof which is supposed to require less maintenance than conventional or TPO roofing, but other than that I don’t know much about it... https://i.imgur.com/ZQj0wial.jpg https://i.imgur.com/xSD6ckLl.jpg
Kach 08/04/20 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: New trailer, new challenges

I was able to switch my order for the 35a - thanks for the advice on that. My electrical theory knowledge is still a little shaky. Hopefully good to go now plus a bit cheaper and can use the generator I already have.
Kach 08/01/20 08:27pm Tech Issues
RE: New trailer, new challenges

Hmmm, looks like it may come up a bit short with the 1000... Anyone have a recommendation for a cheap 2000 generator? I’ve heard the Champion and Ryobi are decent. I might have one on hand as a backup plan. Spent a lot of money this month, so a new Honda probably isn’t in the cards.
Kach 08/01/20 07:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Recommend a TT (rough roads, no campgrounds)

We were basically in the same dilemma you are. Family of 5, preferring dry camping in semi rough locations (I usually don’t set out for it to be as rough as it ends up). We ended up with another basic stick-and tin trailer (Open Range). Anything much better seemed to cost 2-3 times (seriously..) as much. I bought my trailer with the mindset that we’ll mod it to meet our needs. I was going to lift it, but now that we’ve had it out I think I’m just going to increase the tire size and put airbags on my Tindra to get back those few inches of hitch area clearance. Long story short, I’ve wedged the trailer into spots as tight as pretty much possible. Most forest service roads were built with logging trucks in mind, so it’s usually not as bad as you think. BLM type roads can vary wildly so you kind of need to know what you’re getting into. On-x maps and Google earth help a lot with the overheads.
Kach 08/01/20 04:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: New trailer, new challenges

It’s rated at 650 watts “maximum power continuous.” The 55a was 800 watts but figured I shouldn’t push my luck.
Kach 08/01/20 03:59pm Tech Issues
RE: New trailer, new challenges

I ordered a Go Power 45a deck mount converter/4-stage charger. I’m not really familiar with the brand, but seems reputable and has the right specs. Able to get it in 2 days with Amazon so Incan test I camping next week. My Honda 1000 should power it fine. I’d rather save the money towards solar equipment than buying a new generator. The 1000 is plenty light enough to bring along as a backup when I do get solar. I’m thinking about mounting it up in a weatherproof plastic tote that I’ll secure above the battery boxes. That way there’s no holes to drill while I test out the concept. Also, this trailer only has the front pass-through storage, so anything I can keep out of there is a plus space-wise.
Kach 08/01/20 01:35pm Tech Issues
RE: New trailer, new challenges

3 trailers ago I bought an IOTA-55 deck mount converter for a trailer we had. That converter now resides in the pass-through of our current trailer. The WFCO is turned off at the breaker and is only used as an AC / DC distribution panel. I have a MPPT controller also mounted in the pass-through and connected to the dual golf cart batteries. Many of our dry sites are shaded so I have two 100W panels that I made portable. Even with 100' of cable I get 140W out of them. The final backup is my old Honda 2000. I think I’m leaning more towards doing this, at least temporarily.if it works good, I can leave the rest of the trailer stock and just take it out if I want. Did you get a converter with a pre-wired AC cord? If so, how did you route it?
Kach 08/01/20 08:48am Tech Issues
RE: New trailer, new challenges

Well, possible issue I found - apparently the 8735 does not have a removable/changeable converter separate from the distribution panel. It sounds like the whole unit would need to be replaced (option 1). Option 2 - I found some references of people in the same predicament just mounting a stand-alone converter of their choosing as a remote battery charger. Several on Amazon come wired up with a 110 15a plug. Seems like it could be mounted in the front compartment and wired up with a very short run of heavy guage wire. If I did this, I’d build a little panel with room for a future charge controller. Definitely easy and un-doable but kind of ghetto (although I’m sure my work would be better than factory). Just use the factory plug-in if on shore power and only use the remote converter if charging while boondocking (and maybe have my batts on a higher quality charger at home). I’ll confirm this is my situation and think about it. If I changed the whole factory distribution panel/converter, I’d probably want to increase the wire size to the batteries. Could turn into a big project...
Kach 08/01/20 01:26am Tech Issues
RE: New trailer, new challenges

Thanks for the info, I knew you guys would get me started in the right direction. I have a lot of love for that Honda 1000. It charged my last trailer great (doesn’t do much else of course, but we used it to watch movies when we go skiing). It’s so quiet, and I’ll run out of lots of other things boondocking before it goes through my 2 gal fuel can. Maybe an upgrade would be good though... I’ll try to gather info on the breaker and wiring sizes. To clarify, I was wondering if there was a solar controller that had a provision to plug into 110 and be a battery charger as well. I thought I’d heard of such a thing but may be mistaken. I would just invest in solar first but we live in the Pacific Northwest and the solar I can afford any time soon probably won’t cut it in the fall/winter around here.
Kach 07/31/20 09:12pm Tech Issues
New trailer, new challenges

Hello all!! It’s been a good while since I’ve been active on here, but always seem to pick up good info from the archives when google searching. We are back in the RV’ing game with our new Highland Ridge 26BH stick and tin trailer. As expected, the overall quality is a bit lackluster - I bought it expecting to beef things up and make mods over time. The one thing I’ve been fighting is battery charging for boondocking with the WFCO 8735 converter. Typical 13.6v, no boost mode conundrum. Basically, this thing pretty much needs to go. I’ve looked at the “Boondocker” model replacement converters (leaves the original distribution panel in place). I’m fairly convinced this would help. 1) what amperage should I get? I’m hoping to get by with my 2 6v batteries if possible. I run a Honda 1000 generator (only for batt charging purposes) - would be willing to upgrade if it makes a substantial difference. With our last trailer, we could go almost indefinitely with 2-3 hours of gen runtime per day. Now - not so much! 2) Some supplemental solar is in our future. Is there a solar charge controller that also allows 110//generator charging input? Thought Is I could leave the converter alone and wire up a separate charging setup close to the batteries with large guage wire for better efficiency. Just a thought, if such a thing exists.
Kach 07/30/20 11:23pm Tech Issues
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