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Old 04-14-2007, 11:03 AM   #1
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I'm sure its a stupid question, but

My husband is away, and the kids want to sleep in the camper tonight. We just got a 1987 Saturn T1550. When I hooked up the electric there is a humming comming from a box under the couch/bed. The water heater is under there, and another box. Is that a power converter of some sort? I don't want to burn up the water heater, but I thought it was propane. The kids would greatly appriciate anyones help
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Old 04-14-2007, 12:11 PM   #2
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Hi Beth,

I think you are describing a power converter. I have never had one that hums, but I have heard that it does happen. If you let your kids stay in the trailer by themselves, make sure the propane tanks are turned off. Also, just in case the WH is gas and electric (they do make them, it could have been added aftermarket), go open up the access door to the WH and there should be a blue knob in there. Make sure the knob is turned to the "OFF" position, NOT "ON".

Most of all, make sure the batteries in the smoke detectors are new, and you may want to consider adding a CO2 and LPG detector in the future.

If you are still uncomfortable with the trailer, especially if you haven't taken it camping yet, there is always the option of unplugging it and wrapping the kids up in extra sleeping bags and blankets.

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Old 04-14-2007, 12:24 PM   #3
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Converters may also hum if using 120V AC when no battery is connected. Noticed that happening with mine.

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Old 04-15-2007, 01:14 PM   #4
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I believe the inverter has a fan to keep it cool and when we did our walk through, the gentleman at General RV told us not to be alarmed if we heard a humming noise coming from the location.

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Pat,

You are correct, it is the cooling fan. Some just happen to be louder than others. I also think the fans get louder over time when stuff is put in front of it, because it has to strain more to cool.

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Thanks! You have all been a great help! I am so glad I found this site, it is full of so much useful info
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