Progressive Dynamics RV Power Control Center Installation - 2017 Airstream Flying Cloud Travel Trail

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Hey, guys. Kevin here with etrailer. And today, I'm gonna be showing you how to install the Progressive Dynamics power center with converter smart charger. So the Progressive Dynamics ACDC panel with built-in converter with a smart charger is going to have two main battery profiles. There is lithium and lead acid. The lead acid side has a Charge Wizard, which measures your battery's voltage and has four stages, depending on what state you're at to ensure that it maintains the correct charge or changes to its voltage accordingly to make sure that your battery has a longer lifespan.

And then, it also has a high voltage mode for our lithium side. So as you can see right here, we have a little black switch that says LI and LA on it. The LA stands for lead acid, and your LI stands for lithium. To switch your converter over to lithium, you're just going to press that little switch over. And now, we're ready to charge lithium batteries.

It also comes with six branch circuits, which are labeled right here, along with our seventh for our main. It's going to have two 30 amp fuses on our DC side, which is actually the first two right here. For our neighbor today, they didn't need that just because they're not running anything that heavy. So we just had it filled in with some 15 amp fuses. And then, it's also going to have 10, 20 amp DC fuses.

The converter output of our system that we've installed today is 60 amps, but you can find the correct size on our site. It also comes with the following safety features: A over or an under-voltage protection and over-current protection, and then also a fan that's built in with our converter over on this side, which will help keep your converter running nice and cool. That way, you don't have to worry about any wires getting too hot or anything overheating. So the installation process is not too complicated. It's really just kinda tedious.

There's a lot of little wires you gotta push through. You wanna be careful when you're sorting your wires, pulling 'em out of your old ACDC distribution panel, and then when you're putting them back in. One thing I will say is our previous one definitely had more space. This one really doesn't have that much space. Honestly, you got just this little square right here. So it is a little bit hard trying to get all your wires in there. So you might wanna do 'em just one at a time. I shoved them all in there at once, and then kinda had to fight 'em the whole time. So just a little tech tip there to help you when you do your installation. So to determine the correct converter replacement for your current model, you're gonna wanna take a look at your model number and your brand. As we can see on here, we have a Parallax, and it is a series 8300. The exact model is the 8355 because this is a 55 amp charger. So we want to go with the matching pair for this, which is our Progressive Dynamics 60 amp model. You can go a little bit higher if you need to with a higher amperage so that you can charge your battery bank a lot quicker, but at the same time, you're gonna have to upgrade your wiring to a thicker gauge, so that it can actually properly transfer the voltage over without any issues. You don't ever wanna go under. So since we have about 55 amp here, I wouldn't wanna switch down to the 45. I wanna stay right around that number. And like I said, going up just five amps isn't really gonna make a difference. So now that we know exactly which converter we're gonna be swapping in, let's go ahead and take our panel cover off. Go ahead and keep this too if you have it all labeled. Makes it way easier later on when you wanna label your new distribution panel. Before we actually touch anything, you wanna make sure that you cut the power. No shore power, no battery power. We don't want any electricity running over to here. We don't wanna give ourselves a little shock. And then, I also recommend taking a picture. That way, you have a good reference of what is going where. That way, you can kinda label it later on when you're redoing your install of the new distribution panel. And then, also, it makes it a little bit easier. Just take some painter's tape, wrap it around the wires, and label 'em with a Sharpie. So I disconnected the battery. We're not hooked up to any shore power, but we're gonna go go ah
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