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Old 05-12-2012, 06:58 PM   #15
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w7ts, I think your understanding basically matches mine. I think they're both really inverters from an electrical point of view; we just use the terms "converter" and "inverter" for clarity.

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It is possible to place an inverter and an converter in the same box and call it a inverter/converter. I guess some manufacturers may be doing this now.
Mine is pretty old - I don't think it's a new concept. I'm actually not a huge fan, because suppose you are on shore power with the converter on. Then the shore power goes out, and the inverter does it thing and starts inverting and powering the fridge and whatever else (as long as the A/C isn't on). Meanwhile if the inverter/converter isn't on, the fridge would happily switch to gas mode, etc.

There really only are two devices in question - the converter and the inverter. My inverter is a Trace Engineering (now owned by Xantrex I think) also, but it has a converter module in it too. It's even adjustable for what charging/float/etc. voltages, and there's a temperature dial to adjust those voltages based on the current temperature. It's actually a pretty nice 3-stage converter. (I still installed a PD 9260 though.)

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Old 05-22-2012, 09:45 PM   #16
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I picked up a 30A adapter and hooked the trailer up tonight. I am going to leave it hooked up overnight. I will check it in the AM and hopefully will hear no humming. That will cap off the converter installation and I will have been smart enough to test it before taking the trailer out this Friday.


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Old 05-23-2012, 06:37 AM   #17
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That will cap off the converter installation and I will have been smart enough to test it before taking the trailer out this Friday.
That sounds like a good idea. Good luck!
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No noise coming from the trailer this morning! It doesn't sound like a bad neon sign now!

I can check this one off as completed and tested!


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