I replaced three months ago with a BOONDOCKER. It lasted a month.
I put the original back in to keep things camping.
They sent a new BOONDOCKER ... I planned to replace today. Good thing.
We had a short trip today then when I plugged in and went inside to power up, I hit the main power and immediately heard the distinct sound of ARCING electricity. I slammed power off and by time I got to front of AS, smoke was billowing from the Gaucho.
I quickly pulled out the drawer and verified there was no fire... Thankfully. There was lots of black debris which was blown out by the fan. You can see on the pics above.
I removed the Gaucho drawer to gain access. The power was off but I verified by pulling power cord and shutting off Storage switch because at this time I did not now if I only had an AC power problem.
I went out to the battery boxes and disconnected the batteries just to be sure. They looked and are fine.
Started fans to blow out the smoke.
Inside, I pulled out the old smoking converter after verifying 12volt power was out. Then took to workshop where I opened it up to find blown capacitors, completely separated from the board and now bridging the input power terminals. We definitely "let the smoke out" of this one and it is now modifying the inside smell of my trash can.
I then installed the BOONDOCKER, connected battery curbside then verified ok inside. Then connected street side and verified. All good. Battery voltage around 12.6 VDC.
Powered up all AS AC systems, verified AC power good at Converter outlet. Plugged converter in and now pushing over 14 volts.
I realized the old converter stopped working before out trip because the lights inside wee a tad low in brightness However, I should have checked systems RIGHT THEN!!! Lesson learned....again.
So now after a couple hours steady run time, the BOINDOCKER is going strong. I am running a low draw fixture with LEDs to put a minimal load on the system.
I still MUST get a voltage monitor for 12V