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Old 10-08-2014, 01:33 AM   #29
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Hi George,

Thank you so much for coming forward with this and telling me. I am going to call Airstream tomorrow directly, I am half a country away from the dealer I purchased our rig at, do I guess Airstream has to help, hopefully. I will keep you all posted!
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:14 AM   #30
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On my trailer the wire is easy to find. I have a front bedroom twin. The use/store relay is in a compartment at the front right, with an access panel that lifts off from above. There is a bit of a rat's nest of wires, but there is only one wire that has an in-line fuse holder on it. That's the one.
Sorry to go off subject a little. Is it just a matter of removing that wire off the post of the battery relay to the opposite post? I haven't removed the cover yet because I don't have a short phillips screwdriver.

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Old 10-08-2014, 02:21 PM   #31
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Hi George,

Thank you so much for coming forward with this and telling me. I am going to call Airstream tomorrow directly, I am half a country away from the dealer I purchased our rig at, do I guess Airstream has to help, hopefully. I will keep you all posted!
Contact your selling dealer by phone; they should still be able to ease the way with the mothership and get you out of this predicament!
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:57 PM   #32
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Then we left and towed to Omaha where we were hooked up to shore power for 3 days and nights.
When connected to shore power, if the switch is left in the store position it will not charge the batteries.
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:26 PM   #33
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You need good batteries as large as you can fit( the standard ones are undersized cheapo's).Lifeline is the battery of choice(($475 a pair).You need to get a new converter ($220) as the one that came in your Airstream is substandard and will cook your batteries as you drive.Once you have replaced these things mentioned life will be good.Airstream builds upper scale trailers but uses some bottom end pieces also.Then you will want new Maxum skylights,quieter water pump,Michelin 16's and a new mattress etc.......But this will be a good start
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:38 PM   #34
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It seems that if a company like PowerMax could build a power center with a good converter they could really give Parallex a run for their money.


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Old 10-08-2014, 03:49 PM   #35
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You need to get a new converter ($220) as the one that came in your Airstream is substandard and will cook your batteries as you drive.
Yes, if you're plugged in with a REALLY long extension cord.
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:49 PM   #36
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Old 10-08-2014, 04:08 PM   #37
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My project for this weekend is to find where the LP detector is connected and move it downstream from the battery relay so it is shut off when in Store mode. I'm not in the trailers when in storage so why should it be on. I guess if I hit the Store switch and I'm using the trailer but that is rare.

If the trailer is in Store mode and the AS is plugged into shore power then the converter will provide power to the the AC and DC circuits, it won't charge the battery. The Use/Store light will light up so you can't tell if the AS is in Store or Use. You just have to remember or when you pull the plug the light will go off and your fridge will loose power until you put it in Use mode. I've swapped out my OEM converter because it failed and have the Progressive 4655 from Bestconverter so I can keep it on shore power without worrying.

Maybe Classic AS have bigger battery boxes because my Interstate Grp27 seem to fit fine with extra space on top. I might be able to fit 2 six volts batteries but they are so much heavier I don't need anymore weight on my tongue.

Purchase a multimeter so you can measure the batteries at the post and at the converter. You can also use it to test for AC volts if you suspect a campground has bad 30amp service. Mine can also measure amps.

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I put a rocker switch on the positive line going to the LP detector, switch off, green LED goes off. That thing is a drain on the battery. I have the same AS like the OP, my LP detector is mounted under the refrigerator on a panel that pops off easily. So even though the Battery switch is set for disconnect/store (center) I switch the LP detector off when the AS is in storage. The LP is off at the tank all the time except when I open the valve on the tank for cooking at campsite. I have a sticker on the top of the tank that says 'Turn on LP detector' .

my project is what you did Kelvin, I want to swap in that Progressive 4655.
It wasn't to bad of a job?

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Old 10-08-2014, 04:40 PM   #38
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If you have a propane detector, it is typically wired to the battery side of the shutoff switch (at least on my trailer) and therefore draws current all the time. It takes about 1/4 amp.
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The newer propane detectors take far less than the older ones, which is good, but they still are a constant draw. Mine in my 2014 takes only 6 mA (0.006 amps) but still older ones took more. I put a switch on mine, so I can shut it off when I want.

On the OP's issue, I have nothing to offer, the information is just too confusing to sort out. Diagnosing electrical issues long distance with minimal information is very difficult in many cases. Sometimes the symptoms are clear cut, but often there can be multiple things going on which combine to cause the problem.
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:46 PM   #39
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It seems that if a company like PowerMax could build a power center with a good converter they could really give Parallex a run for their money.
Or you could opt for a Xantrex 3000 - you get what you pay for, in this case a multistage charger and a built-in 3KW pure sine wave inverter/charger.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:10 PM   #40
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Or you could opt for a Xantrex 3000 - you get what you pay for, in this case a multistage charger and a built-in 3KW pure sine wave inverter/charger.
Sorry, but I replace about 10 Xantrex inverters annually because they are not field repairable.......and they DO fail regularly. For the same $$$$ you can get an American made inverter/charger from Magnum ( NOT a Chinese made Xantrex) with the best, most complete and programmable charging section in it's class and in the unlikely event that it does fail.....it can be repaired by any Magnum factory authorized service center. I get maybe 1 or 2 Magnum repairs a year.
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Moflash, where are you getting your AGMs?

I got mine from Randy @ Best Converters.Great prices and delivered to my front door.I also bought my upgraded converter from there.Very satisfied


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Old 10-08-2014, 09:35 PM   #42
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So I spoke to the Airstream authorized service facility today in Springfield MO. They are about 6 hours away from me, the service person I spoke to agreed with me that the batteries may be finished due to the Airstream standing on the lot for that long, without anyone worrying about the batteries charge. He said since I am still within my first year after purchase, the batts are warranted still. I told him what was happening and honestly I was prepared from reading all of your replies, he talked about monitoring the battery for leaks with the amp meter, then figuring out the issue. Point is that we have to leave the Airstream for almost 2 weeks at the dealer/servicer, because it's so far away from us and we won't be able to go back within a week. Anyway, I asked about the converter and possible replacing it and he said he never did this before? And he said we can certainly research it and it would cost in the "thousands"? I am trying to figure out how to relate to him the issues at hand and the converter issue. I know I am not the most versed in anything Airstream electronics related, but I am learning. This is right now where i am standing in terms of finding a solution. There are a lot of great tips on this threat and it will take me some time to sort through them. I wish I was more handy.
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