↓Episode 42 – How to Choose an RV Power Converter

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PDLogoIn Episode 42 I discuss the 4 Major Brands of RV  Power Converters that are commonly found in most RV’s providing power to the RV’s 12 volt system. This an interesting topic due to the similariteis of each power converter. Also, all 4 brands boast great products, excellent customer service and a very small defective/return rate. I have neglected to mention the

4 brands by name; Progressive Dynamics (PD), WFCO (woofco), Iota and Parallax. They are not named in order other than this is how I listed them for this article. I certainly gained an equal amount of respect for each brand and walked away knowing each one has a place in the RV Industry.

I am asked questions almost daily about RV Power Converters and which one should be used to replace one that has bitten the dust. I have to say I almost always recommend a Progressive Dynamics converter because I keep them in stock at all times. That might sound like that is my “go to converter” because of quality! That is not necessarily the case, I love their Retail Packaging! I do see more Progressive Dynamics Converters than any other brand for what that is worth. There could be a few reasons that make that happen.

I spoke to technicians at each company and asked questions about the life of the product and what makes theirs the best. By the way, each company thinks there converter is the best. Another interesting and well appreciated point is that there was no bashing of the competition and that in itself speaks volumes about the employees and their perspective companies. In the episode I get into greater detail about each brand such as, Iota’s are repairable in some cases. Although that is not always the case it is a possibility. It might not be worth the expense and the time spent without a power converter.

WFCO is very proud to boast that they have a strong presence on the assembly line floor at many factories where RV’s are made. This is worthy of mention because they are there to make sure their converters are installed properly and with the proper amp rating to take care of the job. They truly believe in making the customers experience the best it can be. That makes itself evident with the technical and diagnostic information available on their website.

Parallax has been around along time and they certainly have built some really good products over the years and their RV Power Centers/Converters certainly have stood the test of time. Power Centers are visible in the RV and contain the circuit breakers and fuse panel above what is called the “Lower Section” of the power center. The lower section is the converter and Parallax has built a quality product and it has been a preferred power center by the RV Manufacturers.

All in all I have to say that each brand has put their unique spin on options and cleverly giving the options a unique name to drawing the RV’er into purchasing their Power Converter. Do they all do the same thing? For the most part yes! They just do it a little different. Below you will find links that will give you descriptions of each product so you can compare the differences. In most situations if you need to replace your converter you could replace it with same model and not have to worry about a thing. They are all good!
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Here is the Short List of the more popular Models:
Progressive Dynamics:
PD9100 Series:  30 Amp, 40 Amp, 45 Amp, 60 Amp, 78 Amp & 80 Amp
PD9200 Series: 45 Amp, 60 Amp, 70 Amp & 80 Amp

Iota Power Converters:
DLS Series:  15 Amp, 30 Amp, 45 Amp, 75 Amp & 90 Amp
DLS-X Series:  15 Amp, 30 Amp, 45 Amp, 75 Amp & 90 Amp

WFCO Power Converters:
WF- 9800 Series:  35 Amp, 45 Amp, 55 Amp, 65 Amp, 75 Amp

Parallax Power Converters:
5300 Series:  55 Amp, 65 Amp & 75 Amp
7100 Series: 55 Amp

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About the author, Eric

I have been a hands on DIY'er since childhood, yeah since childhood with the idea that the job has to get done. My job (not a career) history is not the typical job history. I have run successful multi-million dollar companies, I have started RV related businesses from ground up. Over the years I have acquired many skills, some self taught and taught by others in a hands on environment. Today everything I have learned over the decades has come together and now I love to help others and keep myself involved in my favorite industry, Recreational Vehicles! This is not even close to being finished......

2 Comments

  1. Eric Styer on 11/17/2018 at 2:03 AM

    Love it, I converted to 100amp deck mount when I did 30a to 50a conversion. Got a new WFCO distribution panel and their 50a transfer switch. I chose WFCO due to the exact reason you mentioned, the Customer Service. Granted the tech I got on phone wasn’t sure if converters were actually ran off 120vac or if both 120vac circuits fed it but he was otherwise helpful. One thing to mention about the unit I got is it has a selector for battery types. You touched on this but WFCOs has better interface in my opinion. A lot of people whine about enclosures being plastic thinking when they go to metal it’s better. Sorry, I don’t follow that school of thought. Working with juice live I don’t want to get surprised if somethings shorted to box. Awesome Eric, love what you do man. Glad you are making content again.

  2. Eric Styer on 11/17/2018 at 2:14 AM

    Also I’d love to hear some shows on commonly used generators like the Onan 5500s and 4000s. I think there’s a lot more maintenance nobody ever gets into like why running with a load is good for generator’s components like the brush blocks.
    Another good topic would be fuel centers for toyhaulers, do they all share plumbing via changeover valves? Found out my 05 Gearbox 335 had 3 way valve for switching fuel tanks. Something to think about if running hi test and genny gas.
    Lastly my fave topic is heat sources for RVers, whether it’s Big Buddy 18k btus, Air Command 15k rooftop AC/Heat Pump, or run of the mill RV furnace like an Atwood or Suburban.

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