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rebuilder 12-25-2011 07:49 PM

fixing the franklin
 
well started rebuilding the franklin last week i'm building a complete new framework for it as it was very rotted it is amazing it didn't weigh more with the way it was built (lots of 3/4in plywood/particle board) going to put in a newer atwood furance and magnatec 45amp converter/charger plus a bigger dometic fridge all used of course still debating on the insulation type is toss up between two types of foam hope to get him done before spring

this is harder than thought:banghead:

sdennislee 12-25-2011 10:38 PM

How about some pictures.

RedneckExpress 12-26-2011 04:19 AM

Do the smart thing, DO NOT put a magnajunk converter in. Go to http://www.bestconverter.com and get a PowerMax Boondocker 45amp unit.

Foil sided foam is what I used in place of the old bat insulation that was in my walls.

rebuilder 12-26-2011 06:28 AM

i hope to post some pictures as sone as i get it figured out...i hope the converter isn't that bad i already bought it...i was thinking about the foil backed foam because of the higher r value i also need to find a larger blackwater tank as the standard one was mounted under the shower floor and only held about 8 gallons will need to hang it under the bottom and ad a skirt to it

donandmax 12-26-2011 06:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RedneckExpress (Post 1042275)
Do the smart thing, DO NOT put a magnajunk converter in. Go to BestConverter - Converters, Inverters, Electrical Supplies, Electronics and get a PowerMax Boondocker 45amp unit.

Foil sided foam is what I used in place of the old bat insulation that was in my walls.

I have the magnatek 7300 series installed sometime ago. It was an easy conversion. But now Im interested in the "Boondocker" Does it fit right in where the 7300 fits and everything hooks up the same or is it mounted somewhere else ? and wiring different.. Thanks I really need to know before I buy it. Anyone else have the boondocker ??:confused:

whem2fish 12-26-2011 07:39 AM

redneckexpress just did his upgrade need to look at his post with pictures. best i remember his was just out of warranty bet they gave him a new one
dave

rebuilder 12-26-2011 09:46 AM

i am getting a feeling that the 7345 i bought is not real great for the batteries.

donandmax 12-26-2011 09:57 AM

I've got the 7345 but since we dont dry camp. it keeps my two 12 v batt. charged ok. I hardly ever have to add water to the batteries.

rebuilder 12-26-2011 10:45 AM

i got mine because it has the power center mostly since i plan to boondock it will be nice to not have to rely on the batteries if i stay at a camp ground though...

RedneckExpress 12-26-2011 05:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by donandmax (Post 1042298)
I have the magnatek 7300 series installed sometime ago. It was an easy conversion. But now Im interested in the "Boondocker" Does it fit right in where the 7300 fits and everything hooks up the same or is it mounted somewhere else ? and wiring different.. Thanks I really need to know before I buy it. Anyone else have the boondocker ??:confused:

Depending on how big the space in the bottom of your existing power panel is, you should be able to pull the converter guts out of the bottom and tie the PowerMax Boondocker in in its place.


Quote:

Originally Posted by whem2fish (Post 1042333)
redneckexpress just did his upgrade need to look at his post with pictures. best i remember his was just out of warranty bet they gave him a new one
dave

The water pump was the out of warranty replacement, I bought the Powermax Boondocker after an extended conversation with Randy @ Best Converter, who is intimately familiar with his products. I do dry camp, regularly. The PowerMax Boondocker has been a great 3-stage converter/charger.

Quote:

Originally Posted by rebuilder (Post 1042404)
i am getting a feeling that the 7345 i bought is not real great for the batteries.

They will boil them dry and cannot recharge a heavily drawn down battery worth a crud. At best you get 6amps on the battery side at the wrong voltage and if left plugged in for an extended period of time will boil the batteries dry.

Quote:

Originally Posted by donandmax (Post 1042414)
I've got the 7345 but since we dont dry camp. it keeps my two 12 v batt. charged ok. I hardly ever have to add water to the batteries.

You've been lucky, magnetek is one of the well known battery killers.

rebuilder 12-26-2011 08:32 PM

i just posted some of the pics i have in the photo gallery haven't figured out how to get them from there to here will post some of the rot damage as soon as i take some

Lokahi117 01-04-2012 12:51 AM

how do i tell what kind of converter i have. i have an 81 midas 2000 class a on a p30 chassis

PeterS 01-04-2012 07:23 AM

Lot's of good info here. I'm looking to upgrade my converter. I'm also taking all the old plywood off my bus and replacing it with foam board & fiberglass. Mine is all exterior and below the floor in the outside walls. I'm hoping to save some weight. My roof I already re-luaned and fiber glassed. I eliminated about 600 screw holes (leak points).

RedneckExpress 01-04-2012 10:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lokahi117 (Post 1048839)
how do i tell what kind of converter i have. i have an 81 midas 2000 class a on a p30 chassis

Your power distribution panel, if your rig has one, should have the brand and model.

Odds are its a single stage battery boiler, almost all older rigs that could charge batteries at all had this.

The simplest solution is to locate the unit and replace it with a good 3-stage converter.

I personally prefer the PowerMax Boondocker from http://www.bestcoverter.com, its been a good converter thus far and done a fine job at keeping my new batteries fully charged without boiling them.

It's also good practice to replace the main feed wires from the batteries/converter with 4 gauge wire to remove as much voltage loss in the charging system as possible (If its not already 4 gauge).

rebuilder 01-05-2012 07:13 AM

anybody have any idea were i can find a hardwired inverter to put in my franklin as i decided to do away with the converter in my magnatec unit want one with out transfer switch or charger as the magnatec unit i have came with the switch
:banghead::sad:

RedneckExpress 01-05-2012 11:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rebuilder (Post 1049609)
anybody have any idea were i can find a hardwired inverter to put in my franklin as i decided to do away with the converter in my magnatec unit want one with out transfer switch or charger as the magnatec unit i have came with the switch
:banghead::sad:

They're all chargers these days, the difference is its in line like the alternator on your truck vs a changeover switch.

My 74 KIT had a manually switched converter with no battery charging capability I removed it from the system and wired the distribution panel directly in to the battery feed and the converter into the circuit coming from the batteries with a disconnect switch.

rebuilder 01-07-2012 07:43 PM

that is a bummer as the 7345 panel has a gen transfer built on the back as it was out of tt with gen kind of kinks plans to hard wire an inverter in place of the converter and have the transfer switch wired to shore power for the 110

:nonono:

RedneckExpress 01-08-2012 12:29 AM

Sorry, I completely misread your previous post! Yes, there are combination converter/inverter units that are also battery charges, but be ready to open your wallet ;).

Best Coverter has those as well, they just cost more.

rebuilder 01-08-2012 08:41 PM

redneckexpress....is my sorry i didn't explain that well enough...want to remove the converter/charger and put a stanard inverter in it's spot and hardwire it in and use as primary power with solar panels to run fridge/water heater and hook the transfer switch to shore power for in cg's to conserve propane i still need to do the math on how much solar/battery power this will take..

and thanks for the input


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