Originally Posted by ependydad
.. and a b!tch ain't one. I have had some intermittent 12v issues for a while. I think each one has been a clue to a bigger issue.
Today was the coup de grase- my WifiRanger (wired into the 12v system) sketched out on me twice. At the same time, my mobile hotspot spazzed our (plugged into a 12v car charger).
This evening, the lights in the camper dimmed a couple of times. While it was happening, my wife was in the kitchen and said that they heard popping noises and we started to smell hit electrical smell.
It all seemed to originate from the converter. I shut everything down right away and started moving the breaker/distribution panel so that I could see what was going on.
I have a WFCO WF-68100A converter. The LED status light was showing amber at first and then it turned to flashing amber. According to the owner's manual, that indicates that it was off (it was, I flipped the breaker) and that my battery is showing low voltage (which it shouldn't as I'm always connected to shore power and it should keep my battery minty and fresh).
I haven't done any more troubleshooting as my volt meter sucks. But, I do plan on following the notes in another thread.
I also assume I'm just going to buy a Progressive Dynamics converter and install that. My nads are feeling big these days and I might take a stab at the install (it helps that it plugs in and my father-in-law will be here on Tuesday).
Any thoughts or points of wisdom?
Let me satrt off with that people need to learn that any issue with one item on one side of the electric is going to effect all things hence your issue with ( wifi ranger, then the hotspot as they are both tired to the 12 volt system as well as one in the same while running.
Also you did the correct thing of turning all things off, but a HUGE misunderstand of of the power systems work in rv's means that the "power converter" has not much if anything to do with the power distribution box! as the converter takes 120 volts and makes 12 volts, and all that it is the power box are fuses and circuit breakers, so i hope this helps.
And lastly you are correct, and your first thing was the dimming of the lights yes your wfco converter has bite the big one (like most do) just get a progressive or itoa converter and please make sure you replace it with a full multi battery charger so it can properly charge the battery with extra power when needed and also go into float when needed (and all the other modes) and also different types of battery's (as lithium keeps getting more popular)
Power converters are very easy to exchange and not yo badly priced as things go today
Hope some of this helps and Happy camping