Adding electrical equipment

Discussion in 'General Camping Discussion Forum' started by Fischymom, May 4, 2018.

  1. Fischymom

    Fischymom Active Member

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    Totally new territory for me here, if I wanted to add a radio, speakers and a mini fridge to my camper do I need to change out my converter or add anything special? The camper did not come from factory with a fridge, heat, air or anything like that but it does have plugins. Basically worried and don't want to overload it.
     
  2. lquinn1

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    It really depends on what your camper is equipped with as far as a converter. Mini fridge is usually 110ac so it would run on what ever circuit you have available.
    A typical car stereo draws 10 amp max so you would be fine with any converter that is rated at 15 amp or higher. Once again this is tough to determine with out more information or pictures.
     
  3. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

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    If you have the original converter, then my opinion is yes. Get a WFCO 8700 series power center. You'll be able to put that radio on its own DC circuit and the mini fridge could have its own AC circuit if you wanted it to.

    Converters and power centers go bad. If yours is original then its 24 yrs old. The new converters will also charge a battery if you have one.
     
  4. Fischymom

    Fischymom Active Member

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    This is the converter in currently.
     

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  5. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

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    Then I'd definitely change it out to the new power center. I'd suggest a WFCO 8725. Not only will it give you the ability to have real breakers for the AC side, but it also will auto change between AC shore power and battery as needed, if you have a battery.

    Here are the specs on the 8725.
     
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Well-Known Member

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    Magnetek? Ditch that ancient heap. WFCO 8725, 8730. No brainer. Don't look back.
     
  7. lquinn1

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    I agree with the above but be aware that you should upgrade your plugin cord to a 30 Amp service if upgrading to these panels to prevent overloading a 15 amp service.
     
  8. Brian P

    Brian P New Member

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    So I have the Magnetek 6612 and it works fine but I would like to replace it with a converter that also charges. I was looking at the WFCO 8735 as I cannot find the 8730. The specs say its a 35 amp converter. Will that be ok to use? And I like that the Parallax 6730 says its a direct fit but I don't believe it charges?
     
  9. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

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    WFCO doesn't make a 30amp power center in the 8700 series. It is perfectly ok to use a bigger one. I put the 8740 (40 means 40amps) in both my Palomino and in my latest Coleman. Having more DC power available is not an issue. Install the 8735. It will be fine.
     
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  10. mpking

    mpking Well-Known Member

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    On a related note, I've found a bluetooth speaker and some MP3's stored on my phone (so i don't use dataplan) much more reliable than any FM radio station I can tune in on the included radio in my Rockwood. Better sound as well.
     
  11. CO Hiker

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    Radio/speakers can be installed direct from the battery or tap the exterior light hot wire, just put a fuse in line with the radio. Your choice of where you put the radio (You could add DVD if you wanted). If your radio has BT, you can airplay from my phone or iPod. You could add satellite radio to the camper too. Really, I just remove the docking unit from my Wrangler and drop it in the camper since I live one and a half songs from work, and just pay for the one subscription. Plus nobody gets too bent out of shape if I'm playing 40s Big Band at low volume in the campground and sometimes I'll listen to a baseball game if its raining outside. I bought a stubby radio antennae, heat shrink for the wiring, wire taps and a switch to cut the circuit when the top is down (exterior light is constant hot as long as the battery is connected) all from local auto parts store. Took about a day to lay it out and install it but I've done radios a few time. The other flexible option as previously stated is blue tooth speaker and phone or portable device. Google popup camper stereo install pics. Some are on this site
     
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  12. mstrbill

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    Older converters like that have several problems that may affect a stereo. There's no voltage regulation and the output is likely to have noise because the 12V output is not really dc, but has a lot of AC left in it.
     

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