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Old 08-07-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Converter disconnect switch

Hello fellow streamers. Just curious if anyone installed a converter disconnect switch in their trailers so they could have the converter output disconnected while running on a small generator (for AC) and batteries alone. That would relieve the generator of the converter load.
Any thoughts.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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It certainly is possible. If the batteries are discharged, the converter can take 700 to 950 watts depending on it's output. Also remember to run the refrigerator on propane only and don't use the electric part of the water heater, if you have one.

If your converter is on it's own circuit, or a non critical circuit, you might just shut the circuit breaker off. If it plugs into an outlet (some do, some don't) you could pull the plug.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:32 PM   #3
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in the days of the noisy converters, the excella's had one. i'd think if you were using a generator, the first thing you'd want to do is charge the batteries :-)
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My 97 Excella has a power switch for the converter, it's hidden behind the curtains, but yes you can do that. It only turns off the AC to the converter doesn't disconnect the batteries.

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Hello fellow streamers. Just curious if anyone installed a converter disconnect switch in their trailers so they could have the converter output disconnected while running on a small generator (for AC) and batteries alone. That would relieve the generator of the converter load.
Any thoughts.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:46 PM   #5
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Converter disconnect switch

Hello. On my 88 Excella the converter is pluged into 120AC from a receptical under the gaucho. That receptical is on a breaker with other recepticals so if I shut off the breaker it will kill the converter but also other things. I was thinking of just dieconnecting the 12VDC output from the converter from the system. The converter will still be alive but not loaded. It looks like I can do this with a 2 battery disconnect switch where there is a batt1, both, batt2, off positions on it.
In BATT1 position the converter will be connected to trailer only.
In BOTH position the converter and batteries will be connected to the trailer normally ( for battery charging).
In BATT2 position the batteries will be connected to the trailer only.
In the OFF position the converter and batteries will be disconnected.
I have a Boondocker 45A converter and it does not need a battery connected to operate.
Any thoughts good or bad
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My 97 Excella has a power switch for the converter, it's hidden behind the curtains, but yes you can do that. It only turns off the AC to the converter doesn't disconnect the batteries.

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Old 08-07-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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if the converter is at the end of the line, installing a gfci outlet upstream of the outlet should kill power to the converter when you hit the 'test' button. i have heard that sometimes this will trip other gfci's if there are others. where is your converter located?

someone with electrical knowledge, please chime in :-)
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:53 PM   #7
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There is a device that fits in a duplex outlet box that has a light switch and one receptacle.
Remove the existing duplex outlet and wire this device in so that the switch controls the power to the outlet.
Then just flip the switch to turn the power on or off to the converter.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:48 AM   #8
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Converter disconnect switch

Hello TG. Unfortunately the AC outlet is under the gaucho and I would have to remove the drawer under the gaucho to get at it. Not easy on old knees.
Thanks for the suggestion.
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QUOTE=TG Twinkie;1337452]There is a device that fits in a duplex outlet box that has a light switch and one receptacle.
Remove the existing duplex outlet and wire this device in so that the switch controls the power to the outlet.
Then just flip the switch to turn the power on or off to the converter.[/QUOTE]
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