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Old 04-20-2015, 10:19 PM   #11
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Those two breakers are actually "one" i think.

Siemens 15/20 Amp Type QT Single-Pole Tandem Circuit Breaker-Q1520 - The Home Depot
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:41 PM   #12
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I would first pull the blank that sits in the #1 circuit breaker spot and make sure nothing is behind it. It looks like the bottom of the blank is not correctly up against the CB slot.

Your converter itself is working fine, and is powered by the 15 amp breaker. Not having a battery as a buffer for the converter is not good for the lower end converters. i would recommend installing a battery and making sure the converter charges it (13+ volts across the battery; a battery not under charge will be 12.6 volts or less).

The 20 amp breaker may or may not be working. Somehow, you are going to have to get the front off to access the circuit breakers. It looks like the bottom screw for the panel front is missing (hole below the placard). There should be at least one more screw near the top or upper sides of the panel. As Terry stated, those are very likely standard breakers that can be replaced at a hardware store. Not all that expensive to replace (less than $15) - if it really is a bad breaker. The circuit breakers usually snap into place.

The other check you are going to have to make is the wiring to the outlet(s). Again, this requires inside the box to check that the 20 amp breaker is indeed wired to the outlets. You also need to pull the outlets and make sure the wiring to them is good. I would check the wiring before replacing the circuit breaker.

When you are doing this, I would recommend replacing the 1st outlet in the chain (closest wiring-wise to the converter) with a 20 amp GFCI outlet (about $18 at Home Depot). This will protect you and any downstream outlets. Instructions come with the GFCI outlets.

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Old 04-22-2015, 01:25 PM   #13
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Hello Terry and Janet - caper,

This box is completely spot welded shut! Grrrr.

The Paralax tech (company that bought out Magnetek RV division) wished me luck trying to find a replacement breaker even if I did tear into the box.

I dropped $150 for a new power converter. Now I just need to learn how to use my new Multi-Meter. Time for an electricity lesson.

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Old 04-22-2015, 01:27 PM   #14
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Wow, that could be the part I need. Perhaps I WILL try to crack into this spot-welded metal box.

Dremel action anyone?

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Old 04-22-2015, 01:36 PM   #15
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Fred,

Thank you! I will check the wiring over the next few days.

I have pulled the blank off. There is nothing active/logical behind it. The reason it looks loose is because I just set it in there for the photo session.

I'm more optimistic about finding the replacement breaker now thanks to TimNJTA.

I will also definitely consider the 20 amp GFCI outlet.

More to come,

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Old 05-12-2015, 10:23 AM   #16
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Full disclosure and I need to cash in some of my 'man credits.' Ouch.

Bought the new converter, bought a multi-meter, was finally able to crack into the converter to get the bad breaker out, purchased the new breaker from a non-retail vendor, secured a repair date with my smart retired Dad and we started to troubleshoot to find the cause of no power to my 110V outlets.

Ended up tracking down two wires that we thought were headed left to the fridge, however, the both headed right. A bit of flashlight work showed that the wires went to a junction box under our table. In the junction box was an outlet with a GFCI.

Yes, it was tripped.

Yes, this fixed the problem.

We fixed the goal of returning 110V power to the outlets. We did not take the shortest route.

We will not tell our man-friends.

Thank you ALL for your valuable responses.
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Glad you got it fixed, Happy camping. I won't tell a soul.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:33 AM   #18
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Saaaaweeet !
Glad you got it!

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Old 05-12-2015, 10:44 AM   #19
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Btw did you replace that old obsolete converter anyway ?

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I did not replace it. It is being shipped back to Amazon.
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