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Cmccain13

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Posted: 07/01/21 10:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok this is the situation. I am staying at a friends house/farm they set up a 30 amp plug for me to hook up to. (I already have a power surge protector on order now) well we hooked up and my breaker box started smoking (he has "converted" a 50 amp to a 30 amp outlet). we unhooked immediately and I started up my generator, everything works fine off the generator and I'm not sure what was smoking but it seemed to be coming from the inverter(converter? I only have one of these and not sure which) my question is, if the inverter/converter was fried would everything still be working in my rig? or am I gonna be screwed when I try and hook back up to shore power at the spot I'm going to tonight.

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Posted: 07/01/21 10:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

He has a 30 amp 220V set-up. Your 30 amp is only 110 Volt. Hopefully nothing is fried.

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Posted: 07/01/21 11:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Measure the battery voltage is 13.2+ to confirm all the smoke has not been released from the converter.


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Posted: 07/01/21 11:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check the 30 amp receptacle to insure it is 120 volts between the blades.
You may have lucked out if 240 volts and didn't waste your converter!


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Your friend isn't a licensed electrician is he?


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stickdog wrote:

Your friend isn't a licensed electrician is he?


that he is not, i thought he had it professionally installed. i was wrong

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Yup, likely,the smoke has been let out of anything 120 VAC running before the breaker box melt down.

* This post was edited 07/01/21 03:03pm by wolfe10 *


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time2roll wrote:

Measure the battery voltage is 13.2+ to confirm all the smoke has not been released from the converter.


^This.
If all your AC and DC fixtures and appliances are working AND you have charging voltage at the battery(s) you may have not killed the converter.

Not saying it may last forever, but???

PS, converter is basically a fancy battery charger. Turns 120V AC into 12V DC.
Inverter uses 12V DC to make 120V AC. Less common.


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Unless otherwise defined a normal 30 amp household connection is 220 V like for a dryer. The electrician has to be told that this 30 amp outlet Is for an RV and only 120 V. Not the electricians fault.

The converter probably is definitely fried. You might as well plan Iā€™m replacing it.
And any other 120 V appliance that happened be on at the same time.


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Posted: 07/01/21 09:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So it is OK to ignore the indicated 125V embossed on the connector?

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