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Old 07-31-2019, 01:07 PM   #1
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2018 30' International
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lightning struck a tree 20 feet from our 30serenity
we are hooked to shore power i have one of those surge protectors installed. we have dual solars factory installed It blew a circuit breaker for the converter which i replaced. using shore power everything in the trailer works. except the i better panel now shows voltage between 100. and 80 and periodically the red lightening showing the solar is charging

i canít get the trailer to mechanics til 8/19 any ideas as to the malady
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Old 07-31-2019, 02:20 PM   #2
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Ok a few clarifications:

Did the breaker blow out and need to be replaced or did it trip and need to be reset?

Assuming the "i better panel" is the solar charge display panel ... it obviously has issues. One thing to do is to reset it. That is done by pulling it out of the wall and unplugging the cable that goes to it and then plugging it back in.

If you don't already have a multimeter, now is a good time to get one. If you do, check a few things:

1) Make sure the converter actually is working ( voltage on the battery goes up when shore power is attached).

2) Make sure the battery voltage is somewhere near rational ( like 12.6V or more).

I would then go through and make sure everything works ok. This includes the TV, the microwave, the water pump, the AC, water heater, fridge, and everything else that works on electricity.

Lightning is a bit weird and you never really know what it may have done ....

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Old 08-02-2019, 06:41 PM   #3
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I often have to reboot the solar control panel. Remove, unplug, replug and install. As noted earlier.

Check out what is working as mentioned. When my surge protector was fried it was a nearby strike. Check the pretecter too.
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