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Old 07-23-2009, 10:30 PM   #1
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Question converter plugged into shore 110v ??

hello everyone. been trying to search the threads so as to not repost a similar theme, but here goes. the other day i plugged into a new site, the 30 amp. A/C working fine..no problems.....expect the breaker switch for my 12v stuff kept on tripping. my interior lights were REAL dim and i wasn't getting any power to my AC outlets. the battery is brand new. enough fluid. So i unplugged the converter from the outlet in the trailer and ran an extension cord directly from the shore 110 to my converter. and then everything is working normal.....expect that's not how it should normally go. WHATS GOING ON, and is this short term measure ok. am i frying anything? please help.
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:28 AM   #2
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I'm a little confused...you said,"expect the breaker switch for my 12v stuff kept on tripping"...do you mean the AC breaker that controls the circuit to the AC outlet for the converter?

If so, you can check that AC breaker for integrity, IE is it worn out? Or is there a problem with the AC wires that run from the AC breaker box to the AC receptacle...?

In any event, your 'direct' connection of the converter to shore power through an extension cord won't hurt a thing - you're simply powering the converter from another source...

If I had to bet on it, I'd go with the AC breaker being worn out from age...the contacts can become pitted, worn, heat hardened, etc...those things don't last forever!
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yes, the ac breaker could be the problem, i think i'll replace it anyways and see was that does. thanks for the reply. it's good to know.
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