I have been enjoying visiting blogs and decided to start my own, even though I don't know what I am doing or if anyone will even be interested in reading what I have to say. I am a 50 year old management consultant who has been married to the the love of my life for 30 years and have two grown daughters and a son-in-law who we are very proud of. We are blessed to live in Scottsdale Arizona and are enjoying getting out and experiencing it in our RV! Thanks for stopping by our blog and please consider joining us, who knows where we will go...Kevin & Tracy.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Challenging Day!

Yesterday was a challenge to say the least.  Because I only know enough about electrical to be dangerous, the smoking of our converter was both scary and confusing to me. 

I did post the problem on rv.net and almost immediately received a message saying that my neighbor hooked up two breakers and 240 volts instead of a single breaker which provides 120 volts.  That is exactly what he did and why the converter smoked.  I received the same feedback from Bob and Sam who follow this blog and are both much smarter than I am!

A couple of the posts did say that it was a common mistake, which made me feel a little less dumb for both me and my neighbor, but it taught me a valuable lesson that I won't attempt to do something like this in the future without doing my research and making sure that the person I hire is qualified.

At this point, I know that the converter is destroyed, but now I am concerned with the appliances within our motorhome.  I found a utility door in the cabinet next to the microwave and was able to unplug the unit and hook it up to an extension cord.  The clock came right on, which was a good first sign, so then I put in a cup of water and set it for one minute and it heated right up.  That's very good news!

Utility Door to Microwave Plug

So now I am testing the refrigerator by running if off the extension cord and hope that it cools down so that I can cross off another appliance from the concern list.  So far, the freezer is cooling down quickly, so I think I am out of the woods on this one as well.
A warm AZ day...may take a while to cool down!

I found this 45 amp converter kit when searching rv.net and am hoping that it might do the trick to fix the burned out capacitor and get us back up and running.

Hoping this will do the trick!

I was visiting the site for more information and it listed an 888 number that said call and ask Randy, so I did.  Mind you it was Saturday at 2:00pm and I did not expect anyone to answer the phone.  I was shocked when Randy picked up on the second ring and he assured me that I could install the converter myself and that it would be better than the one I have currently because it has a three phase versus a two phase charging process that will ensure that my batteries are not being over charged. 

So I placed the order for $218 and I will let you know how things go!  Maybe this situation will work out alright and I will have a better charging system than I currently do. This could all turn out to be a huge disaster averted.  Lets hope so!

I hope your Saturday is going well and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Sounds like you may get off with a minimum amount of damage - I sure hope so.

    It may help me too as I have a 30amp receptacle in my workshop that I run a dust collector off. I was going to plug our rig into it but, luckily for me probably, it required a different plug so I've never bothered.

    I think I better check it out to see if it's 120 or 240! Thanks for the heads up.

    1. Rick - I hope this provides a heads up for everyone that reads it. I am sure going to test outlets at all of our campgrounds going forward. I had no idea that it could damage so much. I was under the impression that the breakers would just trip and prevent any damage, but that is not the case.

  2. Glad its all working out for you and you will now have a good learning curve and a better inverter in the process.

  3. I was going to suggest an Intellipower converter since they have a charge wizard to monitor and greatly enhance battery charging and battery life. It looks like the one you found is similar so you should reap those benefits as well.Once you get the converter in you will be ale to check out all the systems in you RV, Fixing the post will be a simple matter of disconnecting one power leg and then checking the thirty amp plug to make sure it only reads 120 across the leads ,not the ground. Be safe out there, Sam & Donna..