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Old 07-16-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Trying to find the inverter and converter

Starting from zero knowledge here. I found the batteries in my 1985 31' Excella. One is disconnected. I know everything is working fine because I had the trailer thoroughly checked out at Holiday in Albuquerque. The refrigerator worked fine until I disconnected the pickup. Now the fans and lights still work. There is a solar panel. I don't know how to evaluate it.

Maybe I can start with these two questions: Where is the inverter and converter so I can see what I've got?

Maybe one more: Why are two of the three fans along with the bathroom fan so loud. This needs to be resolved before it gets cold.

Thanks in advance for any information. I will appreciate very much. I'm way out on a remote ranch in northern New Mexico.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:00 PM   #2
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Don't know your floor plan, but if you have a couch in the front, most likely the converter is under there. If your trailer has an inverter, it has been added, and can be most anywhere, but it should be close to the battery power buss which is near the converter.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:08 PM   #3
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The fans are noisy. If you have the money, replace the vent fan with a Fantastic. You unit does not have an inverter. If you want to run 110AC appliances without 110 available, buy one. Your converter (battery charger) is likely the old Univolt model. Not the best, but functional.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:57 PM   #4
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Thanks for that info. I found something called the 12volt something behind the couch. Two fans are noisy out of the three with the same covers. The other one in the bathroom is intolerable. I'm going out there with a screw driver right now to see what is under there. Doesn't a solar panel need an inverter to charge the batteries?
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Thanks for that info. I found something called the 12volt something behind the couch. Two fans are noisy out of the three with the same covers. The other one in the bathroom is intolerable. I'm going out there with a screw driver right now to see what is under there. Doesn't a solar panel need an inverter to charge the batteries?
A solar panel needs a controller (really a voltage regulator) so the panels don't overcharge the batteries.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:26 PM   #6
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I think what I need to look at to figure out what kind of solar system I have is under the couch. Why would they put it there with no access? How can I evaluate my solar system? I know it was factory installed. I have been unable to find any information about the systems that were installed in the 85 Excellas. That option probably varied anyway.

I wonder why anyone would detach the battery cables on one of my batteries and just leave them there sparking. They were like that for the whole trip home, backing over rough spots, etc. I hooked them up just now. Maybe the battery condition on the control panel will change to good if the solar system is working. Right now it's going from Good to Fair with nothing running in the trailer. The fridge started working when I changed a setting on it's face. I need to get solar panels on the ground. Nothing is going to work when there is a foot of snow on the roof. From what I have read, it's important to keep the batteries charged to keep them from freezing. I also read something about the batteries charging when the trailer is plugged in.

Can I plug my trailer directly into a 20amp house plug? I don't need any AC up here and I don't use microwaves. I would need a good surge protector. The house was hit by lightening twice in one day last year wiping out all my electronics after the surge protector was disabled by the first strike. I do plan to try to use an electric heater next winter. What type of extension cord do I need? I'm in an old adobe house on a remote cattle ranch that is owned by a licensed electrician/general contractor. He wired the house. There are 30amp breakers out in the box, but I think they go down to the old water pump in the springs behind the house. I will not have water in the trailer over the winter. We go down to -30F regularly. I am very low tech and just need enough to operate a laptop and the heater.

Thanks for any suggestions. There is one of those little yellow plug in testers in the trailer. I don't know exactly what to do with it.

I'm hoping I don't have to look at the solar panel on the roof to figure out what is going on. I don't have a ladder tall enough to get up there.

Thanks so much for any suggestions.
Jane
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