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Old 07-04-2016, 10:00 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by lewster View Post
Your converter should be reading 13.6VDC as an output when shore power is accessible, regardless of the position of the use/store switch.

Check that it is getting power (120VAC circuit breaker on your breaker set) and also check the 2- 30 amp green fuses at the top of your DC fuse block.

Your See Level II battery monitor should be reading that 13.6 if you are plugged in!

You can also check the converter output directly at the fuse block with a VOM. open the access cover and place the proves on the positive and negative terminals with the use/store switch in the 'store' position. this will give you the true output reading from the converter.

If the breaker is on, fuses are all good, I bet would be a bad converter. If you are still under warranty, Airstream will only replace what you have.......which is essentially a poor excuse for a battery charger. It works fine as a DC power source when you are plugged in, but will quickly eat your batteries due to improper, single stage charging voltage.

I find it hard to believe that in a new $100K trailer that owners are still messing with liquid cell batteries and a POS single stage converter as a battery charger! One would think that better, maintenance free batteries and a proper 3-stage 'smart' battery charging system would be standard in a luxury travel trailer that Airstream wants everyone to believe they have purchased!!
Yep! Single stage. I am well within warranty though and delivered it to the dealer for repair today. I must say that my dealer, Foley Rv in Gulfport, is beyond accommodating and exceptional to deal with. Ron Lester is the sales manager there and he is the best in my eyes. The service manager, Blake, is also a great guy. I wish I didn't have the problem and also wish I had a multi-stage charger and AGM batteries and may opt to pay extra for both if the converter and batteries have to be replaced. I will keep everyone informed.

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Old 07-04-2016, 10:14 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by BAB View Post
...and the new 2017 Classic includes even MORE 12V draws. Including 12V heating pads that come on at 44 degrees to keep the tanks from freezing since the new radiant heating system doesn't provide the usual forced air heat. We were told at the session with the Airstream team at the WBCCI rally last week that they are still "researching" multi-stage charging units. So, now you still get the POS Parallax with your $135,000 Classic. I'm really curious how the Classic will perform without being plugged into a park pedestal or a generator (or with a lot more solar panels), when it's off the grid. In addition to the usual stuff on all trailers you have 12V awning, stabilizers, table, bed, recliners....and if it's cold a recirculating pump for your heating system. Longevity of a couple of Lifeline AGM's will be seriously challenged.
Airstream has missed the point ENTIRELY. I'm surprised they don't have a giant residential refrigerator running off of a huge inverter while they are at it just to kill what's left of the ineffective batteries.

Just clueless stupid stupid stupid design.

Who the hell needs an electric flush toilet that doesn't work half the time? Is it REALLY that hard to push a mechanical lever vs. pushing a button??!?!!?!?!!

Who the hell would EVER trust ZipDee of all people to make an ELECTRIC awning that's durable and trouble-free? How many on this forum alone have had the awning either open on its own or literally RIP itself off the trailer???

Can't wait for that radiant steam heat to leak all over that untreated cheap wood floor in EVERY nook and cranny along the edges that you can't get to. Just wait til THOSE threads hit the forum...'cuz you KNOW they're coming.

Again, just pure unadulterated stupidity. My God.

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Old 07-04-2016, 10:16 AM   #17
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Well, anyone who wants to treat their batteries right, could do worse than start here. Best Converter - super helpful with super service. It's where I bought my Iota for Safari (the first thing I changed out when I bought it was the converter). I can't believe they are still installing old school models. RESEARCHING!??? LOL
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Old 07-04-2016, 04:03 PM   #18
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I have had converter DC fuses blow and letting the batteries run down. Lew fixed that with his expert installation of an AM Solar premium lithium, solar, Magnum system. I'm sure it would run some heating pads as well as everything else (almost).
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:52 PM   #19
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Thumbs down Battery not charging on new 2016 FC

Well, we have had many items repaired on our new AS which has been under warranty. Now the converter is shot. AS seems to need better quality control or better parts in the beginning when building these trailers.
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Old 07-27-2016, 05:56 AM   #20
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Any update? I think I have the same issue.
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Old 07-27-2016, 06:56 AM   #21
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Another great engineering job putting single stage converter in new AS. Cheap Cheap as multi stage not expensive but bean counters still calling shots.

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