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Old 08-07-2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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If I can get power to all my plugs but lights only work when hooked to battery mean my converter is toast
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:14 AM   #2
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It is a very likely the converter is bad.

There is a circuit breaker that feeds the converter/charger in the panel. Have you attempted resetting it?
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here is a neat block diagram someone posted . Shows what is powered by what in a typical 30AMP trailer..


photo from google images...

might be some help for you...
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There may be a fuse in your converter that blew. Check that before getting a new one.
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ya I have checked fuses and breakers.my frig works but does it not get power the same as plugs?Is there any tests I can do before replacing converter?
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:38 PM   #6
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ya I have checked fuses and breakers.my frig works but does it not get power the same as plugs?Is there any tests I can do before replacing converter?
Did you put a tester across the battery terminals to check if there was a charge coming out of the converter? Should be about 13.4-13.6V with a draw or lower battery. If a smart charger then as high as 14.4V if in full charge mode. Does the fan kick on when multiple lights are turned on? If not any of the above and only mid to low 12V readings then most likely you will need a new converter.

What year is the Jayco?

IOTA were the main units installed until 2009/10 or so then the new smart charge Progresives became the norm.

If you need a new one in the end look to install a smart charging one which will maintain your batteries much better and longer.
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thanks ,I will give it a test and I don't think the fan kicked on when I turned 2 lights on the last time we camped
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:54 PM   #8
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just had a n idea= are there fuses outside the converter that i should look for and check?
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Stuart, you are being led down many paths here. All, I am sure, are with the best intentions. Let's approach this methodically and logically.

Please correct me if I have misunderstood any of the facts you have given here. And from the other threads you have started about this same issue.

1. You state that when you are connected to the battery the lights work. If that is so then the battery in-line fuse, the converter main battery fuse, the reverse polarity protection fuse and the fuse for the lighting circuit are all good.

2. When you disconnect the battery and connect to the shore power your lights do not work. Your 120V outlets do work. Then the main AC breaker in the converter is OK. You stated that you have reset the breaker that is for the converter/charger. The breaker COULD be bad but that is highly unlikely. Now, there is probably a fuse located on the circuit board of the converter electronics. This is not typically a user replaceable fuse.

If you feel comfortable doing so you might remove the circuit board from the converter and see if you can locate this fuse. If it is, in fact, blown there was likely a failure of the circuit board itself that caused it.

Now you have two choices: A) Replace the converter. B) Have the circuit board repaired.

I hope this has cleared up the possibilities that exist and what is not possible.
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TNCHUCK100 - Not my drawing... I hadn't noticed the two points you listed. Will remove from the page I reckon... This was copied from GOOGLE IMAGES... Thanks for the catch...

Looks like it has been posted too long for me to delete it - dont have edit control anymore...
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