Converter - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-18-2009, 03:59 PM   #1
Member
 
ted saxton's Avatar
 
Trailer: 2007 13 ft Scamp / 2006 Jeep Liberty Renagade V6
Posts: 75
We were camping this weekend and the converter was not charging the battery when plug into the AC at the RV park. It does charge when plugged in the vehicle or the solar panel. Don't know what happened . I have checked all the fuses and wiring and everything looks alright. Only solution I can come up with is to replace the converter. Is this something we can do ourselves or leave to the professionals ? Also how do you take it out ? (Saw wiring diagram in document ) Any answers would be appreciated
Thanks
Ted Saxton
__________________

__________________
ted saxton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 06:56 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 2009 Scamp 16 ft / 2003 Durango
Posts: 692
Check your 120v plug, mine comes UNPLUGGED.
Also my converter has a fuse on the converter.

Bill K


Quote:
We were camping this weekend and the converter was not charging the battery when plug into the AC at the RV park. It does charge when plugged in the vehicle or the solar panel. Don't know what happened . I have checked all the fuses and wiring and everything looks alright. Only solution I can come up with is to replace the converter. Is this something we can do ourselves or leave to the professionals ? Also how do you take it out ? (Saw wiring diagram in document ) Any answers would be appreciated
Thanks
Ted Saxton
__________________

__________________
Bill K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 07:12 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 2013 Escape 19
Posts: 362
Quote:
Only solution I can come up with is to replace the converter. Is this something we can do ourselves or leave to the professionals ? Also how do you take it out ? (Saw wiring diagram in document ) Any answers would be appreciated
Ted,

I recently upgraded the converter in our '04 Scamp, which means replacing the charging module. The new ones (like yours) have a three-step charger which is much better than the old ones. It cost $75 for the new module, which required drilling out two pop rivets (which I converted to #10 bolts). It was very simple to do, with only about five wires to connect. They are cut to the right length, stripped, and tinned. The color coding makes it very easy to hook up correctly. If you don't find an obvious cause, I suggest calling Americn Enterprises service at 818 598 8580. You'll get to meet Carlos. BTW, he said many of the charger failures are due to the $12 fan failing, resulting in the charger overheating. Good luck.

Parker
__________________
Parker Buckley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 07:28 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Harry Young's Avatar
 
Trailer: 1971 Astro (ie. Campster/Hunter I)
Posts: 437
Send a message via MSN to Harry Young Send a message via Yahoo to Harry Young
Post

I have had many converters fail even when their own internal fans worked fine because they are installed in tightly closed boxes filled with extra camping stuff.

I vent problem units out or add additional venting into the closed areas...These guys are rated to about 95 F. The really high end units shut down to protect themselves from this issue now.

Happy Camping Safe Trails.

Harry
__________________
Harry Young is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 07:33 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Dan Meyer's Avatar
 
Name: Dan
Trailer: Scamp
Minnesota
Posts: 559
After replacing my converter twice in two years, I gave up and installed a much cheaper 10 amp automatic battery charger.

-- Dan Meyer
__________________
Dan Meyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 07:53 PM   #6
Member
 
ted saxton's Avatar
 
Trailer: 2007 13 ft Scamp / 2006 Jeep Liberty Renagade V6
Posts: 75
Quote:
Ted,

I recently upgraded the converter in our '04 Scamp, which means replacing the charging module. The new ones (like yours) have a three-step charger which is much better than the old ones. It cost $75 for the new module, which required drilling out two pop rivets (which I converted to #10 bolts). It was very simple to do, with only about five wires to connect. They are cut to the right length, stripped, and tinned. The color coding makes it very easy to hook up correctly. If you don't find an obvious cause, I suggest calling Americn Enterprises service at 818 598 8580. You'll get to meet Carlos. BTW, he said many of the charger failures are due to the $12 fan failing, resulting in the charger overheating. Good luck.

Parker

Parker,
Thanks for your fast reply. I was wondering when the squirrel blew out the electrical transformer out last Thursday if that might of also blew the module out?
Well I'm going to try and replace the module and I still need know how to get the module out ?

Thanks
Ted Saxton
__________________
ted saxton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 08:00 PM   #7
Member
 
ted saxton's Avatar
 
Trailer: 2007 13 ft Scamp / 2006 Jeep Liberty Renagade V6
Posts: 75
Quote:
After replacing my converter twice in two years, I gave up and installed a much cheaper 10 amp automatic battery charger.

-- Dan Meyer

Dan,
Where did you hook the battery charger up? On the battery or to the wires going to the battery in the electrical compartment?
Ted Saxton
__________________
ted saxton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 09:34 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Dan Meyer's Avatar
 
Name: Dan
Trailer: Scamp
Minnesota
Posts: 559
Quote:
Dan,
Where did you hook the battery charger up? On the battery or to the wires going to the battery in the electrical compartment?
Ted Saxton
I disconnected the AC to DC conversion circuit in the converter, and installed the battery charger in its place.

-- Dan Meyer
__________________
Dan Meyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 06:15 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 2013 Escape 19
Posts: 362
Quote:
Parker,
Thanks for your fast reply. I was wondering when the squirrel blew out the electrical transformer out last Thursday if that might of also blew the module out?
Well I'm going to try and replace the module and I still need know how to get the module out ?

Thanks
Ted Saxton
Ted,

It requires drilling out the two rivets on the left edge of the converter. These rivets go through the charge module (which is in a vertical slot) and the left mounting holes of the actual converter. I got my new charge module before taking anything apart, and it all made sense. One minor detail. The module slides into a very small track cast into the plastic on the top and bottom of the converter housing. The module itself has a thin plastic sheet of insulating material attached against the back side of the circuit board. The slots aren't quite wide enough to get that thin plastic sheet in there also, so the plastic sheet stays outside the slots while the board slides in easlity. This will make sense when you see it.

While you have the board out, you can access the fan in case you want to check it or at least blow it out.

Forgot to mention that this all begins with removing the front cover, which is held on by a single screw right in the middle. And don't forget to remove the 110V power and disconnect the battery before starting!

Parker
__________________
Parker Buckley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2009, 06:51 PM   #10
Member
 
ted saxton's Avatar
 
Trailer: 2007 13 ft Scamp / 2006 Jeep Liberty Renagade V6
Posts: 75
Quote:
Ted,

It requires drilling out the two rivets on the left edge of the converter. These rivets go through the charge module (which is in a vertical slot) and the left mounting holes of the actual converter. I got my new charge module before taking anything apart, and it all made sense. One minor detail. The module slides into a very small track cast into the plastic on the top and bottom of the converter housing. The module itself has a thin plastic sheet of insulating material attached against the back side of the circuit board. The slots aren't quite wide enough to get that thin plastic sheet in there also, so the plastic sheet stays outside the slots while the board slides in easlity. This will make sense when you see it.

While you have the board out, you can access the fan in case you want to check it or at least blow it out.

Forgot to mention that this all begins with removing the front cover, which is held on by a single screw right in the middle. And don't forget to remove the 110V power and disconnect the battery before starting!

Parker
thank you i did every thing you said it works fine
ted saxton
__________________
ted saxton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2011, 08:19 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Name: Ruth
Trailer: 2008 17 ft Casita Spirit Deluxe/'78 Trillium 1300
Arkansas
Posts: 179
Registry
Does anybody know if Parker's module replacement instructions would work with the 2008 Casita converter, too? The two 30 amp fuses won't go in without sparking, possibly due to accidentally switching the polarity when the battery was reconnected recently.
Thanks,
Ruth
__________________

__________________
Ruth C. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My converter AGAIN! Monica M Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 12 09-08-2010 10:10 PM
Converter problems Pat C Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 9 06-06-2010 07:20 PM
Converter Darnelle Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 5 04-28-2010 08:24 AM
need a converter? Jeanne and Steve General Chat 2 12-13-2007 03:53 PM
Converter Problems Jeremy Witt Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 3 10-17-2006 01:24 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.