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Old 09-04-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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Converter's breaker makes a squeeling sound

Hi All! First time out this year. Yay, Us! Anyway, I'm plugged into 30 amp service. My breaker box has a squeeling sound, which ends when I cut off the converter breaker. Of course, I'd like to have lights, etc while we camp. Could it have anything to do with my batteries needing to be replaced/charged?

Any suggestions on making the noise stop?

Btw, I'm in a 2008 MicroLite 18 FBR.

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Old 09-04-2014, 04:37 PM   #2
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Hard to tell without hearing the sound, but from the description I would suspect the fan on the convert is seized. Assuming the converter is behind panel, I'd pull the panel and then check the converter for any debris, dust, etc... If it's clear but still noisy, might be time for a new converter.

To get around it for this weekend, a basic battery tender hooked up between the pole and the battery will keep you topped up.
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:42 PM   #3
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Thanks. Too much electric stuff in there for me to mess around with. I'm due for new batteries. I'll pick up a battery tender as well...
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:34 AM   #4
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So, just to follow up, I bought two new group 27 batteries and a battery extender at Autozone. When I got the batteries hooked up, no more noise from the converter. Everything seems to be working right. I'll see what the battery gauge says in the am. At least the fridge is getting cold, at last as well...

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Good news that your noise is gone.

If it returns after your batteries are used some, I feel the most likely cause is a failed fan as mentioned above. I would suggest however, that replacing a simple fan would be far cheaper than replacing the whole converter. Using this as an excuse to upgrade the "less than amazing" original converters is another story though!
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:08 PM   #6
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Well, here's hoping! Day two, and batteries still show a full charge, and no funky squealing noise. Yay! But, just so things weren't TOO good this trip, the microwave gave up the goose last night. Pulled it this am. Outlet still has power, but the MW is dead as a door nail...
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