How to check charging system (69 Safari)
Here is my ignorance showing...
We got our Safari yesterday... The PO drove off and my wife and I opened it up and jumped in.
(Lots of really good things happened here...just not important to this post. We're really excited and happy with our new A/S)
There was, however, no power. When we looked at it last weekend the Ampmeter and the Battery-condition guage both showed good (even when not attached to 110.) It's the same battery (I checked.) I hooked it up to my truck and we got lights...so I hauled it over to the storage center and went to work.
On the way home I stopped and put a Volt-meter on the battery (2.5v/No Amps (Apollo 13?)), checked the DC lights (nothing...) I plugged into my truck and got lights -- but nothing off the battery (not sure I checked right...) I unplugged my truck after about 10-15 minutes and the DC lights dimmed, but were still working after another 10-15 minutes...so there was some residual charge in the battery. The ampmeter and battery condition guage still showed zip.
Fuses are all good.
One last thing (that may be a red herring): While moving the trailer to the storage centerv (about halfway there) my Prodigy brake controller told me the was an overload and then that there was a short in the braking system...I'm new with the controller and I'm not sure I set it right...or that I'm reading it right. The brakes worked fine last night when I tested them.
How would an experienced A/S owner go about checking that this system is working?
All answers and suggestions appreciated.