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Old 11-28-2022, 10:17 AM   #1
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Smile 2012 Forest River Salem electrical issues

Hi Everyone,
I recently purchased a 2012 Forest River Salem Grand Villa. It is tied down in an RV park in Florida. I have discovered electrical issues with the converter. One was replaced before the purchase in September 2022 and after the purchase in October 2022. It has just failed again! November 2022!
Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this type of electrical issue with a Forest River product?
I was also considering converting to all 110 service and doing away with the 12volt altogether. Any and all input is much appreciated!
thank you in advance for your input!!!
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No mention of the battery condition.
A shorted dead battery will cause the converter to overwork and fail.

Disconnect the battery and you have converted to 120 volt only without changing lights, pumps, radios, fans, heaters and fridges.
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Old 11-30-2022, 06:49 AM   #3
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I would just disconnect the battery but the thermostat for air conditioners are 12volt. Living in Florida.... I plan to buy a new battery, probably today. Do you have any suggestions as to type, brand? I think I need a deep cell marine/rv battery....but not sure.
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I would just disconnect the battery but the thermostat for air conditioners are 12volt. Living in Florida.... I plan to buy a new battery, probably today. Do you have any suggestions as to type, brand? I think I need a deep cell marine/rv battery....but not sure.
Yes, a deep cycle would be very good.
Here is some good reading:
https://batteryglobe.com/group-27-vs...%2075%20pounds.

One thing, if the converter is bad again, you may not need to change it out. Inside the converter should be 1 or 2 fuses, these will blow if, for example, you hook the batteries up backwards. If the battery is shorted, the fuses in the converter could had blown protecting the converter.
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The converter if operating correctly will supply regulated 12vdc without a battery connected. In your case if converter is good, you don't need a battery at all as long as you don't operate any high current loads (slides, jacks).
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I would just disconnect the battery but the thermostat for air conditioners are 12volt. Living in Florida.... I plan to buy a new battery, probably today. Do you have any suggestions as to type, brand? I think I need a deep cell marine/rv battery....but not sure.
The converter will supply 12 volts for thermostats and fridge controls.
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