Originally Posted by cmptrkd
Someone told you to use your 30amp to 20/15 amp pigtale adapter and plug into a standard outlet to see if you get any power. Have you been able to do this?
Also, whether on the new 30amp plug, or using the pigtale to another outlet, can you take an alarm clock or table lamp into the camper and plug it in to an outlet?
It would be nice to know if we have any power to the camper. Most installed appliances need DC to run thermostats, or other electrical components, but if I am not mistaken, power should still flow just fine through a fuse box even if the converter is fried and testing with a lamp or alarm clock, small fan, anything... will show us if you have power out there.
If you have power.... your weekend trip might not be squashed. Maybe Herk can chime in as he seems very knowledgeable, but you might be able to get by using a battery charger on your battery once arriving to your destination, and keeping that charger on there for the weekend. I wouldn't recommend doing this for months and months, and I would suggest running water heater and fridge on propane just to take the strain off a stand alone battery charger, but if all you were running is lights and the thermostat for the A/C, I don't think you'd be in a world of hurt.
None the less, please report back if you have some power out there so we have an idea where you are sitting.
With one exception. I don't think that the DC demand from the
water heater and fridge will decrease when going over to propane.
Their "non-propane" heat comes from the AC line not from the
battery (& stand alone charger).
In fact, if the water heater is like mine, the DC current demand
will actually increase
because the propane valve is operated by DC.
Whenever the water heater is burning, there is a steady - somewhat
heavy - drain on the battery to keep the valve open. On AC, that's
not the case.
Same for fridge.
If your water heater is totally manual......never mind!.
But, oh, the fridge,,,,,,,,,