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Old 09-26-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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Help! Cant get power through when plugged in! in

I have a 2011 FR 2450s. I believe a WFCO converter. When I plugged in today to charge up and check everything, its not getting full power to anything. It lit up the microwave, and indicator lights on the fridge, but if I try to turn on any lights, it all goes dim. When I tried the microwave, it worked but seems like its not getting full amperage. I noticed after being plugged in for 10-15 minutes, the power cord is getting noticeably warm. Running heavy gauge 30 amp cord to a 20 amp circuit in my home. Checked voltage on the outlet from house, its fine. Ive read this coul be a loose ground, or bad converter? Not sure. ANyone know where the ground wire is located? Any other opinions/ides! Help, we are trying to leave for our anniversary trip today so Im already burning time. Thanks.

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Old 09-26-2013, 05:16 PM   #2
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I have a 2011 FR 2450s. I believe a WFCO converter. When I plugged in today to charge up and check everything, its not getting full power to anything. It lit up the microwave, and indicator lights on the fridge, but if I try to turn on any lights, it all goes dim. When I tried the microwave, it worked but seems like its not getting full amperage. I noticed after being plugged in for 10-15 minutes, the power cord is getting noticeably warm. Running heavy gauge 30 amp cord to a 20 amp circuit in my home. Checked voltage on the outlet from house, its fine. Ive read this coul be a loose ground, or bad converter? Not sure. ANyone know where the ground wire is located? Any other opinions/ides! Help, we are trying to leave for our anniversary trip today so Im already burning time. Thanks.

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Remove the entire cover from the converter after you disconnect from the house and it should be easy to see.
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:21 PM   #3
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I have a 2011 FR 2450s. I believe a WFCO converter. When I plugged in today to charge up and check everything, its not getting full power to anything. It lit up the microwave, and indicator lights on the fridge, but if I try to turn on any lights, it all goes dim. When I tried the microwave, it worked but seems like its not getting full amperage. I noticed after being plugged in for 10-15 minutes, the power cord is getting noticeably warm. Running heavy gauge 30 amp cord to a 20 amp circuit in my home. Checked voltage on the outlet from house, its fine. Ive read this coul be a loose ground, or bad converter? Not sure. ANyone know where the ground wire is located? Any other opinions/ides! Help, we are trying to leave for our anniversary trip today so Im already burning time. Thanks.

Will

Do you have a battery shut off? turn on
have you taken the batt cables off? Make sure they are correct. Are they clean and secure at the batt posts?
The 30amp cord should not get hot unless you are running the AC, which would blow a breaker....
Make sure that the furnace and AC are off.
There are several different 'grounds'. Some on the tongue frame by the batt and some inside behind the converter.
Do you have an electric hot water heater? Is it on? Shut off.
Has any breakers or fuses popped?
Can you hear the converter running trying to charge the batt up?
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:37 PM   #4
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Do you have a battery shut off? turn on
have you taken the batt cables off? Make sure they are correct. Are they clean and secure at the batt posts?
The 30amp cord should not get hot unless you are running the AC, which would blow a breaker....
Make sure that the furnace and AC are off.
There are several different 'grounds'. Some on the tongue frame by the batt and some inside behind the converter.
Do you have an electric hot water heater? Is it on? Shut off.
Has any breakers or fuses popped?
Can you hear the converter running trying to charge the batt up?
Don't believe any of those things would make the 30 amp cord get warm. It would indicate a loose wire on the power cord connections in the converter.
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:44 PM   #5
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Ok saw everyone posts, thanks for such quick responses btw, heres what I can answer:

Battery connections under stairs are good, just confirmed, will check frame ground underneath at batteries

Battery switch is on

AC and Micro are all off

Unplugged from shore power before I checked under bed connections

Lifted bed lid where breaker panel and shore power cord go to, I see a small 6x8x4 silver conduit box where cord goes in and 2 heavy romex type lines come out, is this the converter? It has no labels.

pulled lid to look in conduit type box, connections appear solid, has ground that connected in there as well. Ill start tracing it underneath fro frame connections.
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Ok saw everyone posts, thanks for such quick responses btw, heres what I can answer:

Battery connections under stairs are good, just confirmed, will check frame ground underneath at batteries

Battery switch is on

AC and Micro are all off

Unplugged from shore power before I checked under bed connections

Lifted bed lid where breaker panel and shore power cord go to, I see a small 6x8x4 silver conduit box where cord goes in and 2 heavy romex type lines come out, is this the converter? It has no labels.

pulled lid to look in conduit type box, connections appear solid, has ground that connected in there as well. Ill start tracing it underneath fro frame connections.
Converter should have a removable panel that when removed will reveal circuit breakers, 12v fuses, etc.
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Here's a pic of the box by the breaker panel under the bed:



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Old 09-26-2013, 06:00 PM   #8
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Just spotted this panel at stairwell next to battery bank. Here's a pic:


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Labeled excel electronics, looks like I found the converter maybe?
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Here's a pic of the box by the breaker panel under the bed:
That is just a junction box.
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Just spotted this panel at stairwell next to battery bank. Here's a pic:Labeled excel electronics, looks like I found the converter maybe?
That's it, now check all the 120 connections, black, white and bare copper and make sure they are TIGHT!
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