How to tell when your power converter is dead

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  1. waterwalker

    waterwalker Member

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    I have a 2000 Starcraft Meteor. I was at a campground and plugged into a 30 amp outlet. Lights and heater worked as did the AC unit. Then the next night nothing electrical worked and nothing has since. I have tried hooking up a battery: nothing. All the fuses (one at the battery and 4 at the power converter) are good. The kill switch under the cabinet is good. I am trying to track down the problem. My suspicion is the power converter went, but with no light on it how can you tell? Thoughts?
     
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  2. emoney

    emoney Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure the power was working on the pole itself? Lots of campgrounds have electric issues as well
     
  3. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    If you don't have power at the pole then the battery could go dead overnight. Start at the pole>then the breakers in the convertor . You may have a loose connection in the cord or the cord connection.
     
  4. waterwalker

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    I could have been at the pole, but everyone else had power. I added a battery to the PUP months after the experience at that campground. I also plugged it into the house 110V. Nothing with the house plug and nothing with the battery. I tested the battery and it is fully charged 12.56V. This is why I think it is the converter. It could be a loose wire, but looking at the back of the converter the connections look good.

    The two breakers (15A and 20A) on the converter are switched on. I suppose they could have gone bad, but it seems unlikely that both of them would have gone bad. Not sure how to test those.

    Keep the ideas coming. Thank you in advance.
     
  5. waterwalker

    waterwalker Member

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    This was at the nicest State campground in Colorado and all of my neighbors had power. I didn't have a battery at the time.
     
  6. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire


    Do you have a multimeter or a test light?
     
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  7. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

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    The converter does not change DC to AC. If you aren't plugged in to power you will have no power at the plugs. The converter has nothing to do with the plugs, except provide a place for the breakers. Fuses are for DC only.

    If your converter goes, then you have no lights or anything that uses DC power like a water pump.
     
  8. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    If you do not have either on you can get them at HF, in fact the multimeters are give aways
    with the coupon, they also have the test light .
     
  9. Sneezer

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    On mine there is a panel on the top that is held on by two screws right above where the main power cable comes into the box. Remove it and you can check the wiring where it attaches to the buss. You may also need to remove the steel panel that surrounds the circuit breakers to get to the hot wire. Check for a short or evidence of melting. That was my problem when mine went bad although I also had the distinct smell of melting wiring.

    At any rate it will allow you to check for power coming in and then move on down the line to hopefully find the fault.

    Is the gfci breaker outlet tripped?
     
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  10. emoney

    emoney Well-Known Member

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    I’d still plug it in a home to check. Anything man made can break, to include the pole at your campsite. Regardless, with electric, it’s a process of narrowing down the potential causes.
     
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  11. waterwalker

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    Will check that.
    GFCI breaker not tripped.
     
  12. waterwalker

    waterwalker Member

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    Correct on the converter does not change DC to AC, but even when not plugged into shore power, the battery should still give me lights and the furnace, which it is not doing. No electricity when plugged into shore power and no lights/furnace when just on battery.
     
  13. waterwalker

    waterwalker Member

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    I have a multimeter
     
  14. joet

    joet Well-Known Member

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    . No electricity when plugged into shore power and no lights/furnace when just on battery.[/QUOTE]

    unless the battery is dead
     
  15. waterwalker

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    unless the battery is dead[/QUOTE]

    multimeter shows 12.56V at the battery
     

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