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Old 05-24-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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World Friendship Co inverters

We own a 2011 Cougar 318SAB 5-er.
Recently had to replace inverter. Was running hot, dimming then charging lights to bright white, every few minutes. Cooked out the fluid in the batteries, which drained out the designated whole, but now has severe corrosion around the edges.
Anyone had any troubles with them? I've been told by a service dealer, they aren't worth the effort to remove & trash, really, except you Have to do it, in order to replace with better. I called for warranty (still under 2 yrs), and they basically said, it's not the inverter, it's your batteries. Cost of shipping in the original, plus cost of testing must be borne by yours truly!! PLUS shipping cost return. By time all is said and done, it's not worth it, since we live in BC, Canada. Border crossing shipping is outrageously costly.
The new, after market inverter I purchased, works just perfectly.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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I think that you may be confusing inverters with converters. An inverter changes 12 Vdc (battery power) to 120 Vac (shore power). A converter does just the opposite. There are also converter/inverters that do both.

What you replaced was probably the converter.

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Old 05-25-2012, 04:41 PM   #3
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You are correct. My mistake. I KNEW/know the difference. And I can't even blame auto-correct!! :-/()
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:17 PM   #4
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Dunno - I installed one of WFCO's converters 2 years ago:

ConvertersWF-9845, WF-9845 45 Amp Power Converter

In our '88 Winnie when the OEM transformer-type started showing signs of problems - the WFCO unit has performed as expected, other than lots of radiated converter hash that created problems with my Ham Radio stuff I use in the MH - took lots of Ferrite chokes to get it down to a manageable level - and FCC interference compliance is SUPPOSED to be one of their big advertising points. BUT, the power and charging output IS as advertised, and our house batteries have been maintained perfectly...
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Wfco converters are junk!
The fan is the weak link and when the fan takes a crap the unit overheats then well you know things get worse.

Replace it with a progressive dynamics intelli power. Much much better imo.
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I've had Progressive Dynamics 9160 and 9180 converters (both with Charge Wizards) in our last 2 5th wheels and have never had a problem with either. The new PD92XX-series converters have the Charge Wizard function built in. I highly recommend them as a reliable, "smart" multi-stage converter/charger. Your batteries will thank you as well.

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I've had Progressive Dynamics 9160 and 9180 converters (both with Charge Wizards) in our last 2 5th wheels and have never had a problem with either. The new PD92XX-series converters have the Charge Wizard function built in. I highly recommend them as a reliable, "smart" multi-stage converter/charger. Your batteries will thank you as well.

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