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Old 05-18-2015, 07:59 AM   #11
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Just a thought but I have seen the 50 AMP fuse blow it is an in-line fuse located in the battery compartment about an inch long mounted on the back wall.
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:41 AM   #12
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Sounds like one or both of your coach batteries has failed probably a dead cell or battery internally shorted out. In this scenario you can still get good voltage readings from the batteries (as you are) but when you place a load on them they fail to provide the current needed. Have your batteries load and short tested or just pull them out stick a 12 volt in there place to confirm if it corrects the problem, if you can drive the camper to a auto parts store and have them test them for you is another option. Another possibility is a loose connection in the area of the batteries which can also act the same way (good readings until you put a load on them).
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Old 05-18-2015, 10:14 AM   #13
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I just had an issue with mine as well. I left the inverter on, even though the batteries were switched off. I didn't think that the inverter would work when the battery disconnect switches were off, so I never thought about switching it off. Thankfully I have battery tenders on all of my batteries, but it still took them two days to recharge. If your batteries were discharged below a certain threshold, they may be ruined. I did have luck on one of the batteries in a car that I store that would not hold a charge and that I was going to replace, but figured I'd just give it a try with my Schumacher advanced battery charger. It has a desulfation mode that may bring your batteries back to life. If the batteries are old, you may need to replace.

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Old 05-18-2015, 11:06 AM   #14
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ndfellow, this now sounds exactly like the problem I had last year. I couldn't keep the generator going either. The fix was to install a FR retro kit and possibly replace the 150amp fuse in the inverter compartment. You need to contact your factory service rep for more details.

Did you try to activate the jack/leveling system while you had the generator going with the AUX start button?





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Old 05-18-2015, 12:23 PM   #15
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This was the fuse I had mentioned earlier. I carry one with me as I had an issue somewhat similar to this on my previous mh.
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Old 05-18-2015, 01:01 PM   #16
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This was the fuse I had mentioned earlier. I carry one with me as I had an issue somewhat similar to this on my previous mh.

Big Dave where did u buy your replacement fuse.
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Old 05-18-2015, 01:43 PM   #17
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I bought it at Total it was about $6.00 from what I recall.
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:26 PM   #18
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I presume you placed the Battery Disconnect switch at the door to USE. As dan-nickie stated, next time use the disconnects in the battery compartment. With the doorway switch to STORE, the cabin still has items that draw on the battery.

Everything in your cabin (and awnings too) use 12VDC from the cabin batteries, except for items plugged into AC outlets. Running the generator or connecting to a shore line will charge the batteries, but that can take some time (like 24 hrs). Just because the battery shows that it has a voltage, doesn't mean it has any guts to drive out many amps. Your converter has a charge display, you need to get it at least to the Absorb stage (Float is better).

Suggest that you check the specific gravity of each battery cell. You can buy the tester at an automotive store (not very expensive).
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Old 05-18-2015, 08:32 PM   #19
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Ok guys I love my go pro. I think I make have found the fuse you talked about that could be bad but am waiting your confirmation. I believe now my battery testing is 6v or 12v. Hoping you can stick with me on this one! Watch link below for my details.

https://youtu.be/TMlVrbNkNWs (no judging) 😀
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:45 PM   #20
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From your video, I could not tell where you were attaching both of the tester's leads. You probably were across an individual 6VDC battery where you got a low light and other times across two 6VDC batteries in series, where you had gotten a brighter light. The MH has two 6VDC batteries in series (+ connected to -) done twice, Then the two series pairs are connected together (+ to + and - to -). This forms two 12 volt batteries in parallel.

The tester using a light is okay to tell you that you have something, but a digital voltmeter (DVM) will tell you down to the one-thousandth of a volt. The DVM can give you and idea of the state of charge of batteries. I believe that across a series pair; 12.75 volts is 100% charged, while at around 12.20 volts, they are 50% charged. These readings are without while the batteries are not being charged. When charging, you will get voltages like 13.7 volts or higher.

If your MH has the battery idiot lights, do not rely on them and you never want your batteries down to 10 or even 11 volts. They will not last too long that way.
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