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Old 08-02-2007, 06:33 PM   #1
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Newbie needs electrical help

I left my trailer plugged into my 30 amp service at the house today. At some point the power went out, but was back on when I got home.

The battery must be almost drained. Dim lights, fan won't open, AC not working. Should this be happening? I'm plugged in to 30 amp service and the volt meter is in the green. Should I not have power to run everything and the battery be charging?
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Old 08-02-2007, 06:41 PM   #2
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First thing to do is check the circuit breakers and fuses in the panel. The shore power problem may have tripped the breaker for the converter.
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Old 08-02-2007, 06:47 PM   #3
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Circuit breakers were the first thing I checked. I'll run out and check the fuses.
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Old 08-02-2007, 06:59 PM   #4
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Fuses are all fine
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The next thing that I would try is disconnecting the shore power (30 amp) for a couple of minutes and place the system into the "store" mode. Reconnect the shore power and see if this corrects the problem. The store/run switch should come back on automatically. If not reset it at its switch. The little red light should be on.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:17 PM   #6
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Tried the disconnect/reconnect test. Checked all breakers and fuses I can find. I'm at a loss.

It appears I'm connected to shore power but running off a dwindling battery. Could I be missing some inline fuse or breaker? The manual is not very helpful. If the converter was bad, wouldn't I have no power at all?

Maiden voyage isn't looking very good for tomorrow.
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sounds like the charger isnt charging,did you check battery/charger conections? do the lights get lighter when the charger is powered up?They will if the charger is working.

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Tried the disconnect/reconnect test. Checked all breakers and fuses I can find. I'm at a loss.

It appears I'm connected to shore power but running off a dwindling battery. Could I be missing some inline fuse or breaker? The manual is not very helpful. If the converter was bad, wouldn't I have no power at all?

Maiden voyage isn't looking very good for tomorrow.
Sounds like the converter is not operating properly. It should be able to run all of your 12VDC applications even without the presece of a battery, as you have a new style switch-mode converter.

Get a voltmeter and check the output to the battery at the converter's DC fuse panel. It should be reading 13.2+ VDC. If not, and you have verified that all of the fuses are normal (do a continuity check, don't just look at them) then the converter needs to be replaced!

Let us know what you find for output voltage...............
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Thanks Lewster. You have just confirmed our rookie fears. So now we just have to figure out how to do this test. Understand checking fuses, but not exactly sure what to touch with the voltmeter to test output.
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By the way, are there any additional reading materials we should purchase to help us with our rookie learning curve? Or is it pretty much trial by fire when you buy your first RV? The owners manual is woefully inadequate when it comes to trouble shooting. We are just so glad to have all of you on the forums to turn to.
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I'm guessing I touch the leads from the voltage meter to the posts of the red and white wires on the CD panel to check voltage. That sound correct?
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Or if that doesn't work, I'll try the DC panel.
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I may be a bit confused. At one point you said that you didn't have AC inside the camper. Do you have 110v at your shore power plugs inside the camper?
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I plugged a lamp into a shore power plug inside last night and it worked just fine.
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