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Old 07-09-2016, 05:36 AM   #1
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No lights- outlets & air work

Newbies here restoring a '76 Overlander named "Stella". After 2 months working to get her cleaned up we moved her to her spot at the lake, hooked her up to her 30amp connection and patted ourselves on the back.
We return 2 days later and air works, outlets work, no lights. Battery which had shown 1/3 charge on control panel all along ... No charge. Control panel not working. Am I right in diagnosing a bad converter and likely dead battery?
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That's one very likely guess. Should be able to use a multimeter to confirm that.
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Old 07-09-2016, 07:06 AM   #3
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Water in the battery? Converter charging?
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Is the charge light on the control panel lit?

How many breakers does your trailer have, is there a separate breaker for the charger?
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There was a plug in slow charger that we found in the battery compartment . We plugged that into the hook-up for the site. Got chased off by a thunderstorm - headed back now
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Sounds like either the converter has no AC power to it or it is bad.
If you have a Univolt converter. I would suggest upgrading to a modern 3 stage converter. If your plan is to leave the coach at the lake and not travel you won't need a battery with a modern converter. Just tape off the battery leads to prevent any shorts. A Progressive Dynamics 9245 converter will do fine. I have seen them (new) on eBay for less than $150.00.
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Yes we are planning to leave the airstream at the lake. If we tape off the battery & just run on 30 amp system how would we get the lights to work?
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The 30A service runs a converter called the univolt that charges the battery and provides 12v for the lights and waterpump. When the trailer is not plugged in you can run the lights off the battery. When on 30a service You don't a battery as the converter provides 12v power to the lights.
If the converter is the original univolt you should hear it humming.
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How old is the battery?

Has it been sitting, before or after you owned it. Also It sounded like the lights worked before you left it at the lake You could test or clean the battery connections. Fuses, on charger? Was there a power outage while you were gone.

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The Univolt is not a stable device without a battery. It will also cook the battery.
Invest your money in a new converter. It will operate all of the 12 volt DC devices in your coach without a battery.
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Yes, the airstream had been sitting when we bought it. And all the lights and vent fans were working for the 3 months we had it unplugged while working & cleaning it. Once we got it to the lAke - hooked it up to the power and everything worked. We're getting the battery checked now - but I'm hearing ya'll say we need to upgrade & get the multi-stage converter.


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An update.hubby got a new battery & trickle charger.... And the lights are working! Still want to upgrade the univolt- but we don't have the nerve to try that on our own.:so hopefully we've bought ourselves some time. Thanks everyone for your help!


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