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Old 06-16-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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Univolt for Dummies..or Dummy

First got AS and light on control panel for AC power came on and now is off. Assumed it was a blown LED. Have been hooked up to 110v. Not really used 12 volt pump or lights. Used both last week and noticed lights got dimmer and pump worked slowly. Opened fuse box and checked all fuses. Other than some corrosion on contacts everything looked good. Today uncovered univolt and checked 110 outlet. Noticed univolt humming "quietly". Tonight will disconnect 110 plug to AS and run lights. Then plug in 110 and see if lights get brighter. Have a voltmeter, but not real sure how to use it on battery. Battery less than five months old. Doubt pictures will help, but more than willing to provide any needed shots. How to procede? Future plans are to put AS at a campground connected to power and water. Will use 12v for lights and maybe furnance. Thanks for any help. Jack
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:04 PM   #2
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First got AS and light on control panel for AC power came on and now is off. Assumed it was a blown LED. Have been hooked up to 110v. Not really used 12 volt pump or lights. Used both last week and noticed lights got dimmer and pump worked slowly. Opened fuse box and checked all fuses. Other than some corrosion on contacts everything looked good. Today uncovered univolt and checked 110 outlet. Noticed univolt humming "quietly". Tonight will disconnect 110 plug to AS and run lights. Then plug in 110 and see if lights get brighter. Have a voltmeter, but not real sure how to use it on battery. Battery less than five months old. Doubt pictures will help, but more than willing to provide any needed shots. How to procede? Future plans are to put AS at a campground connected to power and water. Will use 12v for lights and maybe furnance. Thanks for any help. Jack
Univolts hum...that is a given. If you are plugged in you should get your full 12 volts at your lights and furnace. Depending on the year the Univolt may over charge the battery if plugged in full time. I usually cycle mine by unplugging the trailer for a period of time. I would consider an upgrade to one of the newer solid state chargers like the Xantrex.

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Call Randy at Bestconverters.com, if you want a new converter. I just go my new IOTA, based on Randy's recommendation, converter today. It is 1/3 the size and weight of the old Univolt and has smart charge option so I won't cook my batteries.
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If your AC power light went off and your batteries seem to be going down, it sound like you may not be connected to AC power or the breaker has tripped. Plug an appliance into one of the outlets to see if you have AC power.

The recommendation to just go ahead and replace the univolt is a no brainer. It will cost you around $200 and is very easy to do.

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Think decision has been made. Battery is dead. Lights did not brighten when restored shore power. Did check 110 connection at the outlet where univolt is plugged. See where there is a 55 amp univolt on sale. Can I just remove the old unit and replace with the 55 amp? Thanks. Jack
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