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Old 10-05-2006, 04:19 PM   #21
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Dumb question

What's the difference between a converter and an inverter? Besides "con" turning to "in".
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Old 10-05-2006, 05:01 PM   #22
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What's the difference between a converter and an inverter? Besides "con" turning to "in".
A CONverter converts 110V to 12V.
An Inverter inverts 12V to 110V.
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I knew it was a dumb question. I need some fried Spam. Brain food.
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Old 10-05-2006, 06:05 PM   #24
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So if I understand this correctly, this "power converter" box is bringing in 110V power from my breaker panel and stepping it down, or "converting" it to 12V so that my 12V fixtures (furnace, water pump, etc.) can operate while I am plugged into the grid. Is this a correct assessment? Is my heater really a 12V unit?
Debateable after seeing the picture of the switch on yours. My unit is most defintely a 12 volt unit. Hopefully someone that is more familar with the vintage of trailer you have. I am more of a 70's guy

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Actually, the heate IS a 12V unit. Says so on the front panel. I'm still confused about the extra switch wired between the heater and converter box?
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Actually, the heate IS a 12V unit. Says so on the front panel. I'm still confused about the extra switch wired between the heater and converter box?
It supplies 12v for the heater so it doesn't run your nonexistant battery dead.
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Terry -- you're absolutely right! I'm looking at my home-made 1-line diagram, and it all makes sense. Back before the furnace switched over automatically, I guess the trailer owner needed to flip the switch manually to control 110VAC vs. 12VDC. Thanks!
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