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Old 05-06-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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Battery Charged but Electric Items Only Working When Plugged in..help?!?!.

Hello All,
Getting ready to shove off in the am and am experiencing an odd problem.
my battery was stored properly all winter on a tender.
looks to be fully charged. It seemed to power my jack fine but the electricity in the unit is not powering up.
Working fine when I plug her in.
Any ideas? I'm sure it is something silly...but i'm a newbie....so still learning.
Thanks!!!!
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:03 PM   #2
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There's a switch in the electrical system, "Storage"and "Run", or something like that, isn't there?

Sorry, I'm having a CRS moment, but I believe that you need to switch the electrical system to active duty, so to speak.

Have a look at your control panel, or on the charge controller. There is, I believe, a circuit that give a different charge pattern to the battery for off-season storage.

Hopefully, someone that knows what they are talking about will show up soon.
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i've tried toggling the store/use switch and doesnt seem to do anything but make a click sound....
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The relay that controls that circuit could be bad.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:36 PM   #5
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The battery needs to be at least 10.4volts to operate the switch.But you indicated that it was charged so it could be the relay.
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any way to test? need to fix by tomorrow am
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Even if the trailer is connected to shore power, the toggle switch on the battery disconnect board has to be trigger in the use position to charge the batteries. The red LED being on does not indicate the batteries being charged. If you can still run the electric jack, you should still have enough power to engage battery connection with the solenoid. I hope this helps before tomorrow's run.

BTW, all winter I thought the batteries would charge automatically when connected to shore power. Dead batteries convinced me to add some LEDS to the battery disconnect panel to show the state of the solenoid when connected to shore power. See this thread and our post.

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thanks...
definitely seems like the solenoid. i hooked the meeter up and am getting power on one side but not the other.
not sure if there is a band-aid for this until i can get a replacement...dont think ill be able to track one down in the am before we leave.
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Well, I've never see the solenoid you're talking about, but the ones I have used had a clear plastic top which can be removed, giving access to the terminals.

If that's what yours is, after disconnecting any power source connected to it, remove the clear top, and take some fine sandpaper and rub it back and forth between the terminals. If the failure cause is corrosion, that should get you in good enough shape to get going and keep you going for a good while.

Also, make sure the spring isn't gone and that there is some tension in the reed of the relay.

I would also take a meter to the batteries and see what voltage they measure. Let us know?
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Eric,
One of our camping friends had a similar problem in a bunk house model. I am not sure if the store / charge switch is the same as your but it seems the large rocker switch in his unit has a "detent". Just throwing the switch is not enough, he had to depress the switch to the next detent after throwing the switch to get it to engage. I hope you can get the problem recitified before hitting the road.

I had an '85 chevy diesel with dual tanks and the switch between tanks was the same way. Moving the switch to the second tank would activate the fuel gauge sensor but not the solenoid that controlled the valve between the two tanks. After throwing the switch you had to press it further for a few seconds to get the valve solenoid to engage.
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Well, I've never see the solenoid you're talking about, but the ones I have used had a clear plastic top which can be removed, giving access to the terminals.
The one in his trailer is a relay that looks similar to an old Ford starter solenoid.
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ok..we are up and running.
i took it apart, cleaned the contacts and re-set the spring.
seems to be working
i ordered a back-up, should this happen again.
thanks for your help, really appreciate it!
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yay!

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