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scottsnider

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Posted: 04/27/20 11:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just got a new HiLo trailer and not sure if the converter is working, is there a way to tell and with out using any fancy equipment (I don't have any). Is there a place to turn it on?

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For starters, you can unhook the + lead of the battery, plug in the trailer, and see if the inside lights come on. If they do, your converter is working. If not, it gets a little more complicated depending on how the trailer is wired.


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Probably no on/off switch. You'd need a volt meter to check it's operation but if your battery charges when plugged into 120V it is working. I installed a digital panel mount volt meter from Amazon to keep an eye on mine, cost about $7 IIRC.


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When you plug the trailer in to shore power, the converter should come on automatically.


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You need a voltmeter (not too fancy) and be familiar with its use. A working converter will show 13+ volts at the battery.

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If you have any RV and don't have "any fancy equipment"= digital voltmeter, BUY ONE.

They start at under $20 and are indispensable for troubleshooting your electrical system.


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wolfe10 wrote:

If you have any RV and don't have "any fancy equipment"= digital voltmeter, BUY ONE.

They start at under $20 and are indispensable for troubleshooting your electrical system.


You can get a bare bones one from Harbor Freight or Northern Tools for less than $10. Which is all you need--a voltmeter and an ohm meter for checking fuses.

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If your RV has a "cigarette" lighter socket, get one of these

https://www.amazon.com/Charger-Voltmeter-USMEI-Aluminium-Adapter/dp/B07JBWGRQL/ref=sr_1_3?crid=23WPFAGFA0062&dchild=1&keywords=12v+meter+cigarette&qid=1588011466&sprefix=12v+meter%2Caps%2C426&sr=8-3

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Posted: 04/27/20 12:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One way is with the RV on battery, no shore power, turn on some lights. Now plug in shore power. If the converter is working the lights should go brighter.


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Turn on a light.

Plug into shore power.

Did the light get brighter? If so, the converter is working.


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