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wa8yxm

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Posted: 04/27/20 04:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Two sets of instructions

With most modern converters you can hook a digital voltmeter to the battery before you plug in and then plug in and compare the before/after voltages.

Or you can turn on lights/or a 12 volt fan (Fantastic fan is great) while someone else plugs in.. If it's working you will see the light brighten or the fan speed up.

NOW: there are some older converters like the Old Magnetek 6300.. it's actually two units and one can work while the other fails. One runs lights and fans. the other charges the battery a Relay joins them if you are not plugged in. This one is harder to check and I recommend an upgrade (Progressive Dynamics 4600 replacment for the electronic part of the unit) in any case (or a 9200 if it's a stand alone box)


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Just had issues with mine. It would not charge the battery but the slides and lights worked. I just replaced it with the Progressive Dymanics 9260. Its not hard to do yourself if you have decent access to it. Its usually located behind the breaker/fuse panel. I had to remove my distribution panel to access the converter so you may have to also. Youtube has lots of videos on how to do it.

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Flip the 120 breaker for the converter, plug everything in make sure the 120 stuff works, then put an volt meter on the 12v fuses and see if you get 12v, use the converter body for ground and the fuses for 12v. Flip breaker and take the same measurement. Our converter went out and was putting out low voltage , only figured it out after buying a refrigerator board I didn’t need, I have the meter plugged into the 12v side and the more 12v things I turned on the lower the voltage went. Best converter.con fixed that for us


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If your RV has a batt meter in a monitor panel, it will show if the converter is working.


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There is a 15 amp 120 volt breaker feeding the converter. There are 2 "Reverse polarity fuses on the conveeter protecting the battery. there iS 12 VOLT INLINE FUSE WITHIN 6" OF THE BATTERY.


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Converter runs full time as long as you have the main cord plugged into a power source. If you have a battery switch you should move it to the in-use or on position.

You can just assume the converter works until it obviously does not. Or you can get a basic voltmeter and know that it works.

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Thank you all for your help, as for the meeter I honestly don't know what to put it on. When it comes to electricity it either works or don't, I don't like getting shocked and have. Ok when I hooked up the trailer at home to 110 the Refrigerator works and the hydraulics (HiLo trailer) but the lights barely came on, and that is with the battery connected. I got a battery maintainer and all is good and bright (lights), that is why I wonder if the converter is working???????

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Seems the converter is not working. Best to go back to the dealer to get them to show you how it all works to get it going again. Then you can do it yourself next time.

If not possible to do that, just know that the converter is with the power centre where the 120v breakers are and the 12v fuse panel is. The converter is on one of those breakers. Snap on and off.

(First make sure the other 120v things in the RV work except for the converter of course)

You could have the reverse polarity (RP) fuses on the converter or on the nearby fuse panel blown. When the dealer put the battery in for you to take the rig home, he could have wired it backwards first time, then wired it back properly so now everything 12v works on battery, but the converter needs new RP fuses.

The "battery disconnect switch" and the "battery fuse" are ok from the evidence that you are getting 12v into the rig.


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scottsnider wrote:

Thank you all for your help, as for the meeter I honestly don't know what to put it on. When it comes to electricity it either works or don't, I don't like getting shocked and have. Ok when I hooked up the trailer at home to 110 the Refrigerator works and the hydraulics (HiLo trailer) but the lights barely came on, and that is with the battery connected. I got a battery maintainer and all is good and bright (lights), that is why I wonder if the converter is working???????
Best to have someone look at the issue.

If you post the converter model number we could suggest a better replacement to ask your service technician to install. Do not get a WFCO.

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YOu just described a failed converter,

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