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Old 12-07-2018, 01:52 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a 2015 Cedar Creek 36CKTS. Last weekend we had a lightning storm that took the surger protector out on the incoming power for the camper. Replaced it and canít here the converter running (fan).

Anyone know where the converter is located at?
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Old 12-07-2018, 02:28 PM   #2
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Hi, I have a 2015 Cedar Creek 36CKTS. Last weekend we had a lightning storm that took the surger protector out on the incoming power for the camper. Replaced it and canít here the converter running (fan).


Anyone know where the converter is located at?

It's with your main AC breaker panel. Check the breaker for the converter.
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"Converter" is usually mounted in the lower section of he power distribution/fuse panel. Look for a dark (usually brown or black) rectangular panel under the Refer, under a cupboard or similar place. It will have an access door that you usually just push/release to open and when opened you'll see circuit breakers on one side and fuses on the other.

Before condemning the Converter as "bad" have you checked to see if your lighting works with Shore Power "unplugged". If so that means you are now getting 12v power from at least the batteries. Check voltage at batteries and if it's more then 13 volts your converter is OK. Many converter fans don't run until they get warm or current load is higher than just "trickle charge" for batteries.

BTW, you won't see the actual converter until the Cover/Bezel of the power panel is removed. Usually just a couple screws that you will see when the access door is opened.
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:29 PM   #4
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Thanks for all of your response. The battery voltage is 12.1. It has 4 6v batteries. I took the cover (with screws) off the power distribution panel but didnít see anything like the converter. The breaker wasnít tripped.
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Found the converter. Access panel in basement next to the vacuum system. Not even warm to the touch.
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Found the converter. Access panel in basement next to the vacuum system. Not even warm to the touch.
"Breaker wasn't tripped". Was there 120 volts on the breaker? Did you turn it off then back on?
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"Breaker wasn't tripped". Was there 120 volts on the breaker? Did you turn it off then back on?
Ditto on what cavie said AND:

Be sure to check for blown fuses on the Converter itself. Most have "Reverse Polarity" fuses (usually two) on them that blow instantly whenever battery cables are reversed. Even if the wire just touches the terminal just long enough to spark before one realizes they are backwards.

If the fuses are blown then make sure you have the proper wires connected to their proper terminals at the battery. Usually the positive wire is black or red and the negative is white (can also be a black with a piece of white tape on it.

Quickest way to check if wires are reversed is to check the connection at the converter with a multimeter. If you put red lead on positive terminal of the converter and the black lead on the negative, properly connected battery will just read battery voltage. If you see a "minus sign" when you use test leads as I described your battery connection is reversed.

Do this check before you replace fuses. On my converter the fuses are 40 amp but that varies with converter ratings. When you buy fuses get a spare set just in case. Like bringing an umbrella to work. When you don't it always seems to rain.

FWIW, this is a frequent problem because unlike automobiles that use different sized posts and clamps for battery connections, RV's just use bolt on lugs. Easy to reverse.
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The breaker wasn’t tripped but I need turn it off and back on. I’ll verify there is 120vac to the converter.
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I didn’t disconnect the batteries we took a lightening hit. Killed the surge protector, but I guess it did it’s job for the most part. Looks like all the 120vac electronics, other than the converter, work.
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I didnít disconnect the batteries we took a lightening hit. Killed the surge protector, but I guess it did itís job for the most part. Looks like all the 120vac electronics, other than the converter, work.
have you checked the reverse polarity fuses on the converter. they could have blown during the lightning strike. they are 12v fuses
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