power converter role

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 18:42
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Hi I have just purchased a 2003 colonial van made by Imperial Vans.
Under the fridge is a power converter reducing power from 240v to 12v. I can not find out what it services as with battery connected or disconnected and 240 on in has no effect on anything.
can anyone advise? I contacted Imperial but they were very vague.
also has anyone had to fit a picnic table into the side wall of van what are the issues to look for .I don't want to cut wall out to find major to re build.


thanks Frank Tassie
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 21:21

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 21:21
I've seen those converters in older pop top vans where they are used to provide 12v for the lights.
All the lights in the van run on 12v only off the 240 to 12 reducer.
My neighbour has a van setup that way too.
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Follow Up By: frank f1 - Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 21:40

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 21:40
Tanks for that Peter My van has both 12v and 240v lighting bit of a mystery.


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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 22:09

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 22:09
Frank is your van a poptop?, if so you may find that the lights on the actual ceiling/poptop are 12v only as some van manufacturers don't like running 240v in a flexible sleeve up the side of the vinyl. It may be illegal?
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Follow Up By: frank f1 - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 17:42

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 17:42
No Peter the van is full van with combo shower toilet lights are 240round tube fluorescent and 12v incandescent..
Thanks again Frank
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Reply By: oldtrack123 - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 21:43

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 21:43
Hi Frank
Can you supply more details of the "converter"
Brand & model ???

They come in many varieties
Some are simple transformer rectifier units to just supply a stable dc supply [no battery]

Other can be used as a very basic charger with a battery & as a dc supply
Others still can be a reasonable charger & supply, with other features such as low voltage cutouts .
Unless some one has a similar van they are only guessing what you may have


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Reply By: lazie frog - Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 at 19:59

Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 at 19:59
Hi I had a 2003 colonial van sold it last year the power converter near fridge powers the reading lights only try turning converter off and see if thay work ???

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Follow Up By: frank f1 - Monday, Jul 02, 2012 at 20:51

Monday, Jul 02, 2012 at 20:51
Thanks Lazie frog Reading Lights only run on 240 They still run when converter is off bur wont go when 240 is off and 12v connected. Guess it may be a trip to a service centre.

thanks again

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