We attended a very cute and very small Methodist Church in Clearwater, MN, this morning. The Clearwater Methodist Church has met in this white clapboard Sanctuary building since 1879. The pew seating is New England style, with each pew divided by a 42″ high partition. We enjoyed the service, the Pastor Ken was very good, and afterward we joined in the cake and coffee celebration for new members and July birthdays.
Jim, as soon as we returned from church, disconnected the batteries, solar panels, and electrical power from our Airstream and removed the converter charger. This was an involved project and he enjoyed launching into it with a free afternoon.
We mentioned yesterday the box from Camping World, containing our new converter charger, was awaiting our arrival at Minnesota Airstream Park. And also yesterday, we visited the local hardware store for a few feet of heavy duty electrical wire (#8 AWG), some connectors, and a few small bolts. Jim is happy to have found excellent step-by-step directions for his first-time replacement of the converter charger unit.
Jim took a lot less time to remove the old converter charger than to prepare and install the new Progressive Dynamics Intellipower 9260. But he was both following the directions carefully and was checking his work thoroughly. We would really not want to awake to smoke pouring from our circuit breaker panel!
We had a few interesting observations in this project. The old converter charger has apparently been smoking a little — we found a pile of black soot surrounding the electrical cabinet’s old vent fan. The new converter charger, by Progressive Dynamics, has far larger heat sink cooling fins mounted on the unit and so may require less fan operation to cool it. Fully loaded (every light and appliance in the trailer running) the new converter charger’s fan is far quieter than the old converter charger’s fan.
And finally, it sure was nice to have very well-documented instructions for installation from another user. Many thanks to William Hemme who allowed Best Converter to provide on-line publication of his installation instructions.