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Old 01-29-2016, 06:26 PM   #1
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Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) Battery???

Since day one of owning my 2013 XLR 380 AMP, there has been a low voltage issue when using the Lippert Level Up system. A new deep cycle led acid battery installed by the dealership, with 13.7 amps, trailer plugged into 120 volts 24/7 and the system still kicks out and the level up led display reads "LOW VOLTAGE" before resetting. Thats the situation, now the question.

I know nothing about the charging system in the RV. Have nothing as far as paperwork, make or model from Forest River or the dealership. Can I simply switch to an AGM type battery and everything work the way it was designed?

Are you using an AGM battery?

Any knowledgeable info in layman terms would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-29-2016, 06:32 PM   #2
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I would guess, the issue is more the wiring, than the battery.

Could you upgrade the main power feed to the controller/motors?


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Old 01-29-2016, 06:43 PM   #3
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Take the battery and have it tested.
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Its a new battery and tests good.
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Since day one of owning my 2013 XLR 380 AMP, there has been a low voltage issue when using the Lippert Level Up system. A new deep cycle led acid battery installed by the dealership, with 13.7 amps, trailer plugged into 120 volts 24/7 and the system still kicks out and the level up led display reads "LOW VOLTAGE" before resetting. Thats the situation, now the question.

I know nothing about the charging system in the RV. Have nothing as far as paperwork, make or model from Forest River or the dealership. Can I simply switch to an AGM type battery and everything work the way it was designed?

Are you using an AGM battery?

Any knowledgeable info in layman terms would be greatly appreciated.
That's a big YES you can go AGM deep cycle . you may want to make it two or three AGM deep cycle bats for more amp hrs . it's not uncommon to see low voltage from the leveling systems they draw lots of juice one battery my not be enough to offer a steady 12.9 or above
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:20 PM   #6
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It could also be basic voltage drop, from undersized wiring.

More batteries MAY not help.
But, never a bad idea.. Just may not solve this exact problem.


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I did a lot of reading about different battery types, and replaced the dealer battery with an AGM. Yes, you can just switch it out. They cost more, but in my mind are worth it. If you do a lot of boon docking, you may want to read (several) posts on this site about putting in 2 6-volt golf card batteries.
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I have yet to see a camper that has proper diameter wire from battery area in front run to the back where the converter is located.

I calculated that I would need to use a 4/0 cable form my factory converter not to lose more than 1.5% voltage. Stock wire was 6 gauge.

I put a converter/charger next to the front battery back to get away with not having to use very thick wiring.

Also, what is the converter you are using? Odds are you may not be charging your battery long enough and that may be causing your voltage drop.
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I purchased a PD 9270 converter to replace the 55amp that came in camper. I was planning to put the new converter in the same spot, I think now I will move the new one close to the batteries. What do y'all think?


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I purchased a PD 9270 converter to replace the 55amp that came in camper. I was planning to put the new converter in the same spot, I think now I will move the new one close to the batteries. What do y'all think?


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As close, but not in the same compartment.


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