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Old 11-30-2010, 07:55 PM   #1
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Batteries not Charging when Gen. on or plugged in.

I have an 06 Toyhauler Sierra Sport. When plugged into an outlet or when the generator is on, the batteries are not charging. They have in the past, so this has just started occurring. New batteries with a full charge were installed. Had light until the batteries died, then the generator died too. Was camping so the immediate fix was to jump start generator from truck, then hook up a battery charger while the generator was going. Any ideas if this is an inverter problem. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:00 AM   #2
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Sounds like a CONVERTER problem. A converter makes 12 volts DC from 120 volts AC while an inverter does the opposite. Sounds like your CONVERTER is not working, but will need a voltmeter to check battery voltage when plugged in. Not much help I know, but you need a meter to do some checking. Could be the master circuit breaker for the 12 volt has tripped also. With the batteries charged, do you have any lights or 12 volts? Some have found a corroded connection on the breaker. Good Luck.
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:30 AM   #3
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Will check again for a corroded connection. Otherwise they did check with a meter, and checked the breakers, etc. Yes we did have lights and 12 volt operation. Just when the battery died, we no longer did. It just makes sense that it is whatever the thing is called that actually recharges the battery when either plugged in or the generator is running. Thanks for your help. Hoping to solve this before the next trip out, and even more so hoping to not have to spend lots of money so close to Christmas.
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:16 PM   #4
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I''m having the same issue. When plugged into power all 12V lights nice and bright and check batt condition on monitor panel and shows batt fully charged. Converter working. Unplug, switch to batt and all 12V lights dim, batt condition on monitor panel shows low. Checked for power at batt and very low. All fuses and circuit breakers check ok. Slides and elec. jack don't work on batt pwr. Owners manual says theres a fuse, switch within 18" of battery. I can't find it.
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Old 12-10-2010, 06:26 PM   #5
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I''m having the same issue. When plugged into power all 12V lights nice and bright and check batt condition on monitor panel and shows batt fully charged. Converter working. Unplug, switch to batt and all 12V lights dim, batt condition on monitor panel shows low. Checked for power at batt and very low. All fuses and circuit breakers check ok. Slides and elec. jack don't work on batt pwr. Owners manual says theres a fuse, switch within 18" of battery. I can't find it.
I would place your multi-meter on the battery posts with the shore power connected. You read around 13.5 Volts DC or greater. If you don't, your attention needs to be directed towards the converter and wiring. Now remove the shore power, check your reading. Should be around 12.1 or greater. If the voltage is lower, disconnect the battery and place an automotive charger on the battery. When the charger shows full, remove the charger and read the voltage, should be 12.1 to 12.5. If it is in the 11VDC range, sounds like you may have a bad battery. If it has passed these tests, hook it back up and watch your multi-meter. If you can see the voltage dropping (a tenth every 10 to 20 seconds) I would replace the battery or at least take it to the auto parts store and let them test it. That is my method to troubleshoot that type of problem. Hope it helps. BTW, I am assuming you have checked to ensure that there is proper water level in the batteries. If the water gets low and the plates are exposed your battery will deteriorate quickly. Good luck.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:21 PM   #6
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Baloo - We have narrowed it down to needing to replace the 12v part of the converter. We currently have the Parallax 555 Model. It is not much more to replace the whole (12v and AC system), which is the direction we are going. I have ordered the part and am awaiting its arrival. Will post back and let you know how it works.
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I had this same problem Sunday before I left for the gulf coast. I trouble shot the system much as kbrown1075 discribed and found it was the 14 month old Interstate battery. I found and should have known the battery monitor in the TT is only showing battery condition when shore power is OFF.
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I've charged the battery, read 12VDC. Installed, hooked up cables and the batt dropped to 10VDC. Hooked up shore pwr. and still reads 10VDC. It's been hooked up now several days with no draw on it, still reads 10VDC.
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Unhook the battery one more time. Measure voltage. Go away till tomorrow, and read voltage again. If it has dropped more than one tenth of a volt, you have a bad cell, which is what it sounds like. Time for a battery, maybe?
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Old 12-16-2010, 04:02 PM   #10
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Baloo,

If you charged up the battery and put a small load on it (say turned on a ceiling light) and the battery immediately drops to 10.5 volts you have a shorted cell in the battey and it will need replaced.
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