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Old 01-31-2011, 09:08 PM   #11
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Let me know what you find out from Jayco's service department. THey did not seem to be too helpful to me. Kept referring me back to my dealer who was not sure at all. I wanted to get the build specs to see what the unit was supposed to have on it and they did not want to provide it. Finally did get a copy from the dealer.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:22 AM   #12
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altar1,

Here's a couple of other thoughts.

1) Some converters (some models of Progressive Dynamics and Iota) will allow charging your batteries at a higher rate with the addition of a smart charger controller - an Iota IQ4 Smart Charger Module or a Progressive Dynamics Intelli-Power Charge Wizard.

2) Jayco has - at least in the past - installed a special version of a converter lacking the smart charger port and therefore lacking the capability to use a smart charger controller.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:14 AM   #13
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Well, since yours says deluxe, I would wonder if it is the 4 stage charger. Mine does not say deluxe, it says "converter, 12v-45 amp & Charger."
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:07 AM   #14
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It seems like you can't know exactly what equipment will be on a new trailer until you lay eyes on your trailer... maybe they plan it that way??

I got one nice surprise when I ordered my 28.5RLS, an Eagle Superlite Fifth Wheel. I noticed that the Eagle (but not the Superlite) came with Dexter® Nev-R-Adjust™ brakes. The Dexter® Nev-R-Adjust™ brakes system looks like the self adjusters on my wife's 1968 Chevy (from a while ago).

Me, I'm tired of jacking up trailers and crawling under them to adjust the brakes. I looked at the Dexter site, and the incremental cost of the self adjusting brakes over the manual adjust brakes is almost nothing. Also, the Dexter site says that complete manual adjust backing plate kits are not available.

I asked my dealer to check with the Jayco zone rep to see if I could order the self adjusting brakes. He found out that 2011 Eagle Superlite fifth wheels, contrary to the brochure, DO come with the Dexter self adjusting brakes. Maybe Jayco decided the upgrade was cheap enough, or maybe the deal is that Dexter can't supply full manual kits anymore. Whatever the reason, I won't have to crawl under my new fiver as much to adjust the brakes. And it's nice that technology from the 60's is finally making its way onto RV trailers.
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:41 PM   #15
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Got an answer!

I called Jayco today and asked the question regarding charging amps on the 45 amp charger.

They replied promptly by email. The charger is a Progressive Dynamics Intelli-Power 45 amp. Specs:

The built-in Charge Wizard automatically selects one of four operating modes: BOOST, NORMAL, STORAGE, DESULFATION.

BOOST Mode 14.4 Volts - Rapidly brings RV battery up to 90% of full charge.

NORMAL Mode 13.6 Volts - Safely completes the charge.

STORAGE Mode 13.2 Volts - Maintains charge with minimal gassing or water loss.

DESULFATION Mode 14.4 Volts every 21 hours for a period of 15 minutes to prevent battery stratification.

I have the same one in my Motorhome except 60 amp, and really like it.
Thanks to everyone who helped me get the answer!

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Old 02-01-2011, 04:59 PM   #16
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That's good news. I had a Progressive Dynamics 45 amp converter in my old trailer, and it worked quite well.

Sounds like Jayco is using a PD9245C, which has a built in Charge Wizard. I'll be purchasing a converter status remote pendant, http://www.progressivedyn.com/prod_details/pendant.html. It let's you choose charging modes; with that, you can choose the boost mode manually, and allows quicker recharging when you are boondocking and running the converter off a generator.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:37 PM   #17
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Well, maybe Jayco is using the PD9245C, unless Jayco is using this one: http://www.progressivedyn.com/all_in_one_pd4000.html - in which case, it does not look like you can manually control the DC output.
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Well, maybe Jayco is using the PD9245C, unless Jayco is using this one: http://www.progressivedyn.com/all_in_one_pd4000.html - in which case, it does not look like you can manually control the DC output.
In their email to me they gave the link:
http://www.progressivedyn.com/all_in_one_pd4000.html
which is the one without the manual control. I have used the 60 amp version of same without manual control for 3 years now in my MH, and never missed having the manual control.

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Good information there. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:29 AM   #20
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Well, that still leaves me in the dark as mine is defnitely an IOTA converter and not a Progressive Dynamics.
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