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Old 11-14-2016, 05:52 PM   #1
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Cool Slide stopped working possible power surge

Guys this morning I set my main power cord out and a heavy cable running to the house. I had it attached to the camper and then the house and connected it in the middle and the connect made a decent pop. I think I tripped something however I have checked the gfi's, no leds lit up in fuse panel, reset the breaker, and the microwave works in the camper. Neither of my slides work because of this so I figured electrical?
I have 2012 289rks....thanks ahead
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Old 11-14-2016, 09:05 PM   #2
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Can't really help... But I always throw the breaker in the house, connect the RV then turn the house breaker back on. May help alleviate future problems.
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Old 11-15-2016, 12:38 AM   #3
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yeah I had a bad feeling when I plugged it in! Has to be electrical. Maybe a relay? Im guessing AND burning daylight at this point lol
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Old 11-15-2016, 01:52 AM   #4
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I'm guessing you blew the converter, and the batteries won't carry the slide. What kind of cords, adapters, and house outlet did you use?
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It would be nice if they that care, would add a sticker somewhere stating, SHORE POWER SHOULD BE OFF BEFORE CONNECTING THE RV or else we'll be forced to sell you expensive parts because we don't want to spend 1/2 of 1 penny to protect you from our ineptness.
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well the microwave worked so that wouldn't work either if the converter was done correct? Cords are heavy gauge Rigid cable 50' and the camper with reducers. Never an issue with this combo
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Old 11-15-2016, 01:14 PM   #7
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well the microwave worked so that wouldn't work either if the converter was done correct? Cords are heavy gauge Rigid cable 50' and the camper with reducers. Never an issue with this combo
The microwave is 110 volt AC and isn't powered by the converter.

The converter is what takes the incoming AC and converts it to 12 volt DC for the stuff that needs it.
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so you guys best guess is the converter then?? is it behind the breaker panel? any way to verify thats the issue before I tear it out?
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I don't know where it's located in your RV.
I would start diagnosis at the transfer switch and then continue to the input side of the converter and then the output side of it before replacing it.
I know Aaron will advise replacing the converter if it's a WAFCO

You could source 12 volts DC and do a direct connect on the wires coming from the output side of the converter, basically bypassing it. Check the 12 volt components for operation, including the slide. That will give you the health of the 12 volt system and confirm the converter took a dump.
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Can't really help... But I always throw the breaker in the house, connect the RV then turn the house breaker back on. May help alleviate future problems.
That's what you're supposed to do at campsite pedestals, too. Prevents sparking at the plug. In those cases where the circuit breaker is not at the pedestal, I turn off the main breaker in the TT. The whole point is to prevent a wiggly connection from arcing.
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