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  • Failed camper DC converter and options going forward.

    This isn't exactly a 100% on topic question, but I've searched high and low on the internet and can't find an answer.

    The power converter in my camper has died. It intermittently turns on and off and I can't find a loose connection or a bad solder on it anywhere.

    Unfortunately, the cheapest replacement is over 200 dollars, for what I can only determine is a 13.5v DC power supply and perhaps some charging logic built in (which is a big maybe, as there's only one positive and one negative terminal for the entire DC system in the trailer.)

    I've seen cheap DC supplies on Amazon that should be high enough current for my needs. Can I power a solar charge controller off of one of these guys to keep my battery charged?

    Thanks!

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    Solar charge controllers should only be run from solar panels. Using a power supply will not always work well (burn up the supply or controller !)


    Do you simply want to keep the house battery charged, or do you have solar panels ?
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount (2) | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister

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    • #3
      For the time being, all I need it for is to keep the house battery charged for when I'm not plugged into shore power. Right now I'm just using a group 27 flooded car battery, which the thought of I'm sure would make most of you puke; but in all essence it's only for standby power, most of which is running the fridge in transit.

      I like the idea of adding solar equipment in the future, however.

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