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Posted: 07/29/19 12:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get your own load tester. About $60.for a decent one. Saves having to remove & lug battery anywhere. It will tell you if battery is at fault very quickly.


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Analysis via derivatives is extremely risky. Get a volt panel meter that has been certified accurate by testing and user comments and reviews and that will improve diagnostic accuracy by 90%. The risk implied is arriving at an incorrect diagnosis wasting time and money.

Include battery VOLTAGE readings along with derivative comments and you are sure to get comments that are light-years more on-point and accurate. [emoticon]

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Our WFCO died in it's 3rd season. It tripped the 120 volt breaker and I could smell overheating wire. It also killed the battery. I *think* the WFCO never did charge the battery properly from new as it never seemed to keep a charge very long at all. They are known to overcharge and boil out batteries and often don't go into bulk charging mode. You can read the stories about them being garbage but may not believe them until it happens to you. If you were to see a PD unit beside a WFCO, you'd be amazed at just the physical difference alone.

You might also try checking the ground and positive connections between battery and charger/converter including mini-circuit breaker. Using a voltmeter and with battery disconnected, what voltage is the charger showing and same with battery?

After replacing our WFCO converter with a PD unit and upgrading to an AGM battery, I also installed an LED voltmeter so I can regularly keep tabs on the voltage.


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It wasn't mentioned but if the campground power wasn't up to par there could have been a low voltage condition that may have contributed to the 120-volt breaker tripping when the microwave was operated. I don't know what effect that could have on the converter.


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Posted: 07/30/19 06:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

THere are many ways Converters fail. the WFCO's have a favorite mode and you have NOT described it at all. Just so you know but other failures are possible.

OPNspaces did a good job of covering most of them.. And I do not think the only one left is possible with your WFCO But It is with my Progressive Dynamics
(It is a plug in model with a cord and plug that plugs into an outlet.. I suspect you can guess that from time to time I snag the cord and unplug it).

If the unit needs to be replaced.. Progressive Dynamics is the way to go in my opinion They are simply the best. Period.


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