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Old 07-02-2019, 09:18 PM   #1
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Converter smoking 2018 4th time using

we have 2018 camper we were going to take out for the fourth and i desided to plug it into 220 to turn on both a/c's and stock it up for the week . well i plug it in and smoke came out from behind the fireplace. removed fireplace cover and found the converter. this like 6th time this camper been used and hooked to 240 and ideas and camper place saying 6 weeks before they can look at it. and also is this covered under warranty
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:35 PM   #2
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What kind of plug are you using??? What is your camper make model?? Is your camper 30A or 50A?? The trailer runs on 110V not 220V. Make sure that your shore power is wired correctly.


How to wire a RV 30 amp outlet

50A has two 110V legs L1 & L2

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Old 07-02-2019, 11:15 PM   #3
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Sounds like you plugged into 240v, which is bad.
As Oaklevel said, RV. 50amp is 120v, NOT 240v.
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Old 07-03-2019, 09:18 AM   #4
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Actually 50 amp RV service is the same as residential split phase 240 volt service. Just because most RV's don't normally have any 240 volt appliances doesn't mean it's not available.

Now if you have a 30 amp RV then plugging it into a 240 volt dryer/welding plug will fry stuff, but I assume since the OP said that it's been plugged into 240 volts before, and they have two A/C's, that they have a 50 amp RV.

If you've owned the RV less than a year then the converter is under warranty, and depending on the model it may have a longer warranty than the RV has.

Instead of waiting on the dealer to see you, contact the mfg. of the converter and ask them about it. There may be an independent repair service that could see about it sooner than six weeks.

Have you looked in the unit to see if you can tell what happened?
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Old 07-03-2019, 09:38 AM   #5
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Plugged into where? Did you have an outlet fitted at your home to keep the trailer powered there?

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we have 2018 camper we were going to take out for the fourth and i desided to plug it into 220 to turn on both a/c's and stock it up for the week . well i plug it in and smoke came out from behind the fireplace. removed fireplace cover and found the converter. this like 6th time this camper been used and hooked to 240 and ideas and camper place saying 6 weeks before they can look at it. and also is this covered under warranty
Is your camper of the 30 amp (3 prongs on power cord) or 50 amp (4 prongs on power cord) variety.

If it is a 30 amp RV and you plugged into an outlet wired for 240 volts with out an appropriate adapter, you always fry the converter and can possibly do other damage. it sure reads like this is what happened.

How to wire a RV 30 amp outlet

Please let us know what your RV is (amp wise) and what you have plugged into exactly.
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Old 07-03-2019, 09:50 AM   #7
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Well lets hope the OP comes back and gives us more information.
We can only speculate until then whether he has a 30a service or 50a but I'm guessing 50a since they mentioned firing up BOTH A/C units.

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Ooops, I guess by no reply back from poster he found the issue, too late.

I hear nightmare stories in campgrounds everywhere, at least somebody tells of doing the same thing early in their RV'ing life.
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Ooops, I guess by no reply back from poster he found the issue, too late.

I hear nightmare stories in campgrounds everywhere, at least somebody tells of doing the same thing early in their RV'ing life.
Not necessarily. Some people have jobs where they cannot reply back during the day (or shift). This member posted later last night, and may reply back in that same time frame.
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I usually give people a few days before giving up on them. I know people who work 48 hours straight and can't have internet access while working.
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