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Old 05-17-2014, 09:04 AM   #1
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HELP! Converter problems

Need some assistance. First night out this season, everything is working great when we went to bed. Got up in the middle of night, noticed the bathroom light is really dim, all the lights are really dim and the furnace isn't working. Right now the temperature is 50 degrees inside.
As soon as it got light, I checked the fuses on the convertor. All good, checked the breakers and the 15amp breaker for the converter is tripped.
Won't reset. Can't figure out if something is tripping the breaker or if it's a bad breaker.
Don't know how to swap out a breaker or where to buy a one.
No juice to fire the genset, or turn over the engine, or even to work the door locks.
The 120 plugs are working, so least coffee while we freeze to death.

Anybody have any ideas.

Thanks

We are in Covenant Hills campground in Otisville, MI
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:28 AM   #2
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I would start with replacement of the breaker.
They are readily available thru any big box store "lowes" "hardware store" "menards" etc etc and easy to replace if your comfortable with electricity.
If not I'd take it to you local dealer.
It's a good chance the converter may have went belly up.


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Old 05-17-2014, 10:51 AM   #3
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If the breaker doesn't help, get a automotive style battery charger, and use that to charge your battery. At least you'll have heat and lights. Fix it when you get home.

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Old 05-17-2014, 10:53 AM   #4
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You are in a pickle! I assume the breaker either won't click into the on position or it immediately trips. Here's what you do:
Shut off main breaker and see if you can reset the converter breaker. If not, you need a new breaker. If yes, then turn on the main breaker and see if the converter breaker trips. If no, check to see if the converter is now working. If the breaker trips when you turned on the main, remove the output wire from the converter. Now, reset the tripped breaker. If it now stays on, you have an excessive load or short on the output side of your converter. If the converter breaker still trips with the load disconnected, it is time for a new converter. In that case, if you can get someone to jump start you, you can use the generator to charge batteries. Leave the converter breaker off.
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Old 05-17-2014, 12:29 PM   #5
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Everything is working, don't know why, don't know what went wrong. Pulled fuses on the convertor and plugged back in, a couple of times. Turned all the breakers off and on multiple times, finally got the beaker to reset.
Some thing is wrong somewhere in the system. I can't leave the coach for two days without all batteries going dead. Installed a knife switch on the chassis battery, so when goes into storage, I throw the switch and the batteries are good the next time out.
Don't if that problem had anything to do with the current problem.
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Good deal it's fixed!

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Old 05-17-2014, 04:34 PM   #7
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Don't forget that when you put your coach in storage the carbon monoxide and propane sensors are draining power from your batteries. I don't know how long you store it, but a month or two might be enough to wear them down.
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Don't forget that when you put your coach in storage the carbon monoxide and propane sensors are draining power from your batteries. I don't know how long you store it, but a month or two might be enough to wear them down.
3 days to a week and all three batteries are dead.
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3 days to a week and all three batteries are dead.
Are you turning the inverter off? Also is it hooked directly to the battery or is it after the your switch to kill it also. Most people will hook directly to the batteries.
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Are you turning the inverter off? Also is it hooked directly to the battery or is it after the your switch to kill it also. Most people will hook directly to the batteries.
Don't have a inverter. Just the original equipment convertor. I now have a knife switch on the negative side of the chassis battery, which kills all power. That's my simple solution to the part of the problem.
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