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Old 09-26-2021, 08:21 PM   #1
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Inverter/charger

Hi all , havenít been here in awhile , just purchased a 2000 fleet wood discovery, the inverter/charger is in a small compartment next to battery compartment, under the rear furnace compartment, I noticed when in charging mode it gets very hot in the compartment when charging fan is running , Iím thinking about venting the compartment but only good place is thru the compartment door , has anyone done this ? Maybe with a cpu fan on thermostat to draw the hot air out ? Would definitely save the unit from overheating
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Hi all , havenít been here in awhile , just purchased a 2000 fleet wood discovery, the inverter/charger is in a small compartment next to battery compartment, under the rear furnace compartment, I noticed when in charging mode it gets very hot in the compartment when charging fan is running , Iím thinking about venting the compartment but only good place is thru the compartment door , has anyone done this ? Maybe with a cpu fan on thermostat to draw the hot air out ? Would definitely save the unit from overheating
I've thought about the same thing. My old Dimensions Inverter/Charger also got quite warm. The inverter portion failed last year. Taking it apart there were several burnt connections found at the control board. I would suspect long term usage and excessive heat caused a failure.

I would also think that as the thing aged, connections and electronics got weaker, more heat was built up, finally causing it to fail.

I say this because I just put in a new Renology PSW inverter/charger and you can't even hear it run, the fan hardly ever comes on and it shows it's internal temp, which is typically only a couple degrees higher than the ambient temp.

No reason you couldn't vent it out. There are a million choices for small round and rectangular vents. And yes, you could mount a small computer fan to pull air through.

The one thing that has stopped me from doing that, is the fan add draw which makes the charger work harder thus creating more heat. Is it a catch 22 or is the extra draw to move more air worth it. No answer, but it is something to think about.
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Care would need to be taken to insure that only clean, DRY air was pulled through there.


If that can be done, an excellent idea.
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thanks for the replys , good point on the extra draw on inverter .I was thinking of a chrome dryer vent style outlet that vents down with a insect screen keeping bugs and wasps out , but i am concerned about damp moisture with the electronics , it just gets so darn hot in the compartment ,all the fan does is recirculate HOT air over the cooling fins , on past snowmobiles the intake had a fabric cover that allowed air thru but not water , may be a option as a screen ? I get this inverter has been in there for 20 years but i think it would be more efficient with fresh air to circulate
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