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Old 03-27-2013, 05:29 PM   #15
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Sounds like a dead converter

How old is the converter? I assume the converter is still charging the battery since otherwise your battery would be dead as door nail in not very much time. My best guess is that the electrolytic capacitors in the converter have dried up. The capacitors are the large cylinders. Carefully unsolder them and simply order components with same capacitance and voltage rating and approximate package size from Digikey. The specifications are written on the packaging. Remember to mark which contact was marked with a stripe since that is ground. If you put them in backward they have a habit of lighting on fire. Shouldn't cost you more than $5 bucks+shipping.

If that is not the problem or you are scared by electronics simply buy a new converter. A new converter will be safer and will save you money by treating your battery better nicely. Size your converter based what you are using in terms of 12 V power. If it just the lights, switch to LED and buy a small cheap battery charger.

Consider switching to LED lights and a solar panel unless you are using a lot of other electrical appliances.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:37 PM   #16
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I'd remove the fan and try to see if it runs independent of the converter, it appears to be stuck or the converter is pulsing. If the fan is ok out side the unit, order a new converter.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:00 PM   #17
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How old is the converter? I assume the converter is still charging the battery since otherwise your battery would be dead as door nail in not very much
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I put a charger on the battery and it read 100 percent charged after leaving it plugged in all night.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:35 PM   #18
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Upon visual inspection, the fan is "pulsing but not spinning." It wants to go every time there is a tick/pulse of electricity. The noise is coming out right from the fan.
Replace the fan or the whole converter. I had the same problem recently, I replaced the fan and the board because the new fan wouldn't plug-in directly to the old board. I have converters in stock for project trailers.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:48 PM   #19
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I agree with those that indicated the converter is probably at fault without going into the technical discussion.
Now the real question. Do you really need a converter. I turned the breaker off on mine two years ago and after 250 to 300 nights out without hookups I haven't missed the converter one bit.
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I agree with those that indicated the converter is probably at fault without going into the technical discussion.
Now the real question. Do you really need a converter. I turned the breaker off on mine two years ago and after 250 to 300 nights out without hookups I haven't missed the converter one bit.
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