Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-19-2022, 01:26 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 36
Where is the converter? (SOLVED)

Does anyone know where the converter is in a 2020 Cardinal Limited 319RKLE? I pulled the circuit breaker panel thinking the converter was behind it but there's just a heavy gauge wire labeled "CONV".
JPSCOTT123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 01:39 PM   #2
Site Team
 
Mr. Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Grayson County, Texas
Posts: 19,602
Thread moved to Cardinal sun-forum for Cardinal-unique question.
__________________
2015 FR Wildcat 295RSX / GMC Sierra

Nights Camped: '13 = 49/'14 = 74/'15 = 74/'16 = 85/'17 = 110/'18 = 111/'19 = 86/'20 =108/'21 = 115/'22 = 135; Booked for 2022 = 0
Mr. Dan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 01:44 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2022
Location: Tarpon Springs FL
Posts: 940
converter and 12v fuse panel and 120v Breakersmay be combined


does your panel have a FAN...

here is a converter all in one https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Converte...hoCKwIQAvD_BwE
__________________
Tarpon Springs FL
2022 Salem 24RLXL
Aussieguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 01:54 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 36
There's no fan. Just the circuit breakers and the 12v fuses. I didn't look behind the fuses, just the breakers
JPSCOTT123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 01:58 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
NMWildcat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Southern NM
Posts: 8,424
So where does the cable labled 'conv' go?
__________________
Scott and Liz - Southern NM
2012 Wildcat Sterling 32RL - w/level up (best option ever)
2007 Chevy 2500HD 4dr short bed Duramax w/allison
Reese Fifth Airborne air ride king pin coupler with Sidewinder
NMWildcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 01:59 PM   #6
Site Team
 
wmtire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northeast Louisiana
Posts: 30,498
Quote:
Originally Posted by JPSCOTT123 View Post
There's no fan. Just the circuit breakers and the 12v fuses. I didn't look behind the fuses, just the breakers
Can you post a pic of your electric panel with the door open and the door closed.

Many WFCO brand converters are at the bottom of the electric panel, but you have to unbolt the cover itself to access. What the community is asking for about a fan, is if there is louvered vents at the bottom of your electric panel cover, the converter may be there and a fan is going to be there also...but not just something obvious.

Pics and or telling us what electric center you have (tag inside the door cover of the RV electric panel, may have this info)

Here is just one example: See the air holes at the bottom of the cover. The converter and fan will be behind that part.
__________________
2011 Flagstaff 831 RLBSS

What’s worse than a box full of snakes?
A box that was SUPPOSED to be full of snakes.
wmtire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 02:00 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 36
Not sure. Looks like it goes through the floor.
JPSCOTT123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 02:12 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 36
Sure...just a sec. Well, I have .jpeg images. Not sure how to get them into a forum message
JPSCOTT123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 02:17 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 36
Images should be attached
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG-1865.jpg
Views:	26
Size:	305.7 KB
ID:	279393   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG-1866.jpg
Views:	25
Size:	272.8 KB
ID:	279394   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG-1867.jpg
Views:	29
Size:	287.0 KB
ID:	279395  
JPSCOTT123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 02:20 PM   #10
Member
 
BRinSCupstate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 83
My converter is mounted separately behind my power panel.
__________________
2018 Flagstaff Super Lite 29RKWS
1999 Ford F-350 Crew cab 7.3 diesel SRW 4x4
BRinSCupstate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 03:51 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2021
Location: Central coast Calif.
Posts: 485
This maybe an option. Disconnect shore power and turn on a bunch of lights for an hour to drain battery down. Hook back up to shore power and listen for the fan.
__________________
Cross-threading works better than blue loctite.
Capacitor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 05:03 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 36
The converter isn't working so the fan may not be operating.
JPSCOTT123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 05:34 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2021
Location: Central coast Calif.
Posts: 485
Quote:
Originally Posted by JPSCOTT123 View Post
The converter isn't working so the fan may not be operating.
Good point. How about directly behind shore power connection?
Capacitor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 05:37 PM   #14
Site Team
 
wmtire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northeast Louisiana
Posts: 30,498
If this is a 5th wheel RV, many times the converter can be found actually inside, or behind a panel in the front pass thru storage compartment.
__________________
2011 Flagstaff 831 RLBSS

What’s worse than a box full of snakes?
A box that was SUPPOSED to be full of snakes.
wmtire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 05:41 PM   #15
Site Team
 
wmtire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northeast Louisiana
Posts: 30,498
See if this thread may help too:


https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...0rl-61951.html
__________________
2011 Flagstaff 831 RLBSS

What’s worse than a box full of snakes?
A box that was SUPPOSED to be full of snakes.
wmtire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 06:25 PM   #16
Pickin', Campin', Mason
 
5picker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: South Western PA
Posts: 16,666
Quote:
Originally Posted by wmtire View Post
If this is a 5th wheel RV, many times the converter can be found actually inside, or behind a panel in the front pass thru storage compartment.
X2
In my Cedar Creek, the converter is connected to the 12v fuse panel by heavy guage wire (also marked converter + & -) but is located about 16" behind the power distribution box and more easily accessible by removing an access panel in the pass through storage than it is from the power distribution box.
__________________
2022 Cedar Creek 345IK 5th Wheel•Solar & Inverter•2017 Ford F-Series SCREW 4x4•Factory Puck•B&W Companion•TST Tire Monitor w/Repeater•Sinemate 3500w Gen.
F&AM Lodge 358 Somerset, PA - JAFFA Shrine - Altoona, PA

Days Camped: '17=38 '18=49 '19=58 '20=110 '21=116 '22=95
5picker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 06:37 PM   #17
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 36
I'll look but the power distribution box is in the very back of the RV and the passthru storage is near the front.
JPSCOTT123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 06:38 PM   #18
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 36
I'll look.
JPSCOTT123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2022, 07:04 PM   #19
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 36
It looks like it's under the stairs with an access in the pass thru storage. There's a rectangular metal plate and I removed all of the screws but it doesn't want to come off. There's a circular black sticker in the center which I pulled off but can't tell if it's a fastener or, if it is, what type it is.
JPSCOTT123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2022, 01:20 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 6,276
Where the panel likely is

One of the pictures shows the two covers, one for the fuses and one for the circuit breakers.

Unscrew and remove the cover of the circuit breaker panel. Below the breakers you will likely see a "deck-mounted" converter. That is, an open printed circuit board with two fans, several big electrolytic capacitors, and a big finned aluminum heat sink with several power transistors mounted on it. That's it, and you can get a replacement that looks the same.

But before you do, check the circuit breaker labeled CONV, and also check the two fuses labelled "Reverse Polarity." These two causes will prevent 12v from being provided.
__________________
Larry

Sticks and Bricks: Raleigh, NC
2008 Cherokee 38P: at Ivor, VA permanently
Larry-NC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
converter

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:02 AM.