RV Converter

It's in! Tough to get to the fuses but it works!

It turns out the old converter was not malfunctioning, that is there was nothing inherently wrong with it other than bad design. Modern electronics such as the laptop, LED TV and potentially any appliance can refuse to operate or completely burnout  in a system with fluctuating voltage. Surging and dropping  delivered by the original unit is not healthy.  It did a poor job as well for the house battery with a painfully slow charge–no way to hurry if you want to disconnect for some dry camping–and no protection from overcharging. I can only guess that it was the best they could do in 1996, after all times and technology have changed. I have no comment on the apparent bravado with which the old converter was wedged into the van. Some ‘designers’ should not have that kind of job. The rear bench seat/bed, in spite of best efforts showed no inclination of leaving the nest;  Bruce wrestled for 4 hours crammed on his belly with his neck skewed at an odd angles to get the old one out and the new one in. Really I don’t know how he did it. The new one is smaller, lighter, highly efficient, (a smarter better tool!) Too bad they didn’t make it so the door could mount on either side. Labor $400. Converter, extra circuit breakers and shipping around $250.