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Old 03-09-2016, 09:46 AM   #15
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One could simply remove the negative lead on the battery when in storage.



But like all of you, I'm interested in changing my charger. It would be lovely is someone linked directly to the exact part(s).



I store my trailer in my driveway, and I have it 100% of the time plugged into a 20amp circuit from my garage, although I am having a 30 amp circuit installed this spring.



For the past few weeks, I left the switch in STORE mode. I needed to move the trailer for some workers, and I went to hook it up and the jack BARELY moved.



I flipped the switch to USE, while still plugged to power at the house, and the jack immediately responded like it should.



I'm not sure what this indicates.



But I do wish I had confidence in my charger, and I wish I had a battery meter.

That indicates that your batteries were very low on charge and when you engaged the 'use' switch, your converter started to supply the battery with voltage at 13.6 VDC. This allowed the jack to operate normally.

If you intend to leave the trailer plugged in to your house, you need a better converter. Look at the Progressive Dynamics PD -4655 as a direct replacement ' smart charger'.


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Old 03-09-2016, 09:52 AM   #16
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For what it's worth

I found, on our 2006, that if i flip the use/store switch back on after flipping it to store and then back to store, i need to make sure that i look up and turn off the radio/cd player. For some reason it comes on, but doesnt default to tuner, so there is no sound when that switch is flipped. Before I started physically disconnecting my batteries between trips, i ran the batteries down a couple of times because i didn't notice that the radio was on. Now, even though I do a physical disconnect, I always make sure the radio is off before I leave the AS.

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Stupid question, and I think I already know the answer but just to verify....

the INVERTER is a separate box from the charger/converter.

Swap the charger, leave the original inverter. correct?


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That indicates that your batteries were very low on charge and when you engaged the 'use' switch, your converter started to supply the battery with voltage at 13.6 VDC. This allowed the jack to operate normally.

If you intend to leave the trailer plugged in to your house, you need a better converter. Look at the Progressive Dynamics PD -4655 as a direct replacement ' smart charger'.


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Old 03-10-2016, 04:33 AM   #18
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You are correct.
One might want to upgrade the converter from original equipment if wanting AGM batteries.
All trailers have a converter.
An inverter is optional to run 120 volt AC appliances from 12 volt batteries when dry camping/boo docking- an alternative to running a generator.


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Old 03-10-2016, 06:44 AM   #19
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Stupid question, and I think I already know the answer but just to verify....

the INVERTER is a separate box from the charger/converter.

Swap the charger, leave the original inverter. correct?

The ultimate solution is to junk both sub-par, units that Airstream provides and replace them with a single, QUALITY inverter/charger unit like a Magnum. Made in the USA and fully field serviceable, it will provide you with 120VAC power from your batteries while off-grid but more importantly, will give your batteries a custom-programmed 4-stage charge that will definitely prolong the life of ANY battery bank.

Magnum pure sine wave inverter/chargers come in 1000 watt, 2000 watt, 2800 watt or 3000 watt hybrid models. When coupled with their ME-RC remote, you can set the charge patterns specifically tailored for your size and type of battery bank. They also have an included temperature sensor that will automatically regulate the charge voyage according to the temperature of the batteries.
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I'd love to. I wish you were a closer, I'd have you do it in a heartbeat.

The current inverter and charger are currently in separate locations? The charger at the panel, and the inverter under the bed?

it seems the appropriate magnum would be the 1000w. I actually have yet to ever turn my inverter on....
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