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Terry78

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Posted: 01/05/19 09:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just got my trailer delivered 2 days ago. When I plugged it in to shore power the inverter was humming loudly and clicking on and off
This cycle would happen about every 10 seconds.
I was told on another forum to charge the battery so I did.
This time it still clicked and hummed but the Lights didn't dim as
They did before. When I unplugged shore Power i have NOTHING.
No lights no water pump no heater no information panel. Nothing.
What is causing this nightmare in my new home? Granted its 35 years old... But still! Any ideas?

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Posted: 01/05/19 09:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Terry78,

Make and model would help. There is often a main battery disconnect switch. It needs to be "on" to allow the battery to be used.


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Start with the main fuse from the battery. Also look at any other fuses in the 12 volt circuit. The inverter / charger only charges your battery so it can be dead and you will still have 12 volt lights assuming you have charged batteries.

Solve this problem first and then we can look at your charger issues.


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Posted: 01/05/19 09:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In a 35 year old trailer I would think we are talking about a converter not an inverter. Check for a disconnect switch as pianotuna suggested and give us more details about your trailer. Good luck.


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Posted: 01/05/19 09:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have the battery checked. You just charged it and then nothing.
Converter might just be struggling to charge a battery that is shot.


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Suspect you have a CONverter and your battery is shorted internally or installed backwards - but that should blow the reverse polarity fuses if present.
I agree with getting the battery checked first.


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converter. Weird. Nobody ever calls an inverter a converter.

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ScottG wrote:

Suspect you have a CONverter and your battery is shorted internally or installed backwards - but that should blow the reverse polarity fuses if present.


Certainly the OP is talking about a converter (120vac > 12 vdc), not an inverter (12vdc > 120 vac), and if this trailer truly is 35 yrs old that converter at best would only be capable of just single stage charging and certainly won't have reverse polarity fuses to protect it. More info about the trailer and converter would be helpful.


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Yes the trailer is old. Its a 1978 Terry 24'. No model # or name that I can
find. So I believe it's a T 24. They didn't have the Tarus line till around
The early 80's. Given its age I don't know much about it. My GMC Yukon
Moves it easily. This is gonna be a learning experience for sure.

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Most likely a MagTec brand converter
Something like maybe a 6130

The model number will be listed on the paper stuck on the inside of the flip down door where the fuses are

This will be 30 amps max, and may only have a 6 amp trickle charge, depends on model version

This must have a good battery properly connected to work correctly

The battery connections up front on the battery, will fool you

White is negative/ground , black is positive/hot

Your inside lights won't care, but the water pump well run backwards, when on battery only no shore power, the converter won't work correctly with the battery connected wrong, it will damage the battery


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