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Old 05-06-2016, 12:30 PM   #11
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OK - so I went and checked the bay back where the 50 amp cord is and I see a Progressive Dynamics Converter/Charger. Reading up, it looks like this is what you are referring to.
I've attached a picture - I'm 99% sure that plug is for that converter, and I think you are suggesting unplugging it from the outlet in the coach and plugging it into an outlet from my house to charge the batteries, correct?
Yep...you can do that as well. It won't fix your 110 problems but it should charge your battery.
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Old 05-06-2016, 12:34 PM   #12
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The generator should have a 30 amp breaker or so that if tripped will keep you from getting AC.
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I would pull the batteries and have them load tested to check condition and go from there.
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Old 05-06-2016, 12:59 PM   #14
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Boom! The breakers on the generator were in the off position. That will resolve the 110v problem I'm sure. Thanks a ton!

I have plugged the converter into a wall outlet in my garage with an extension cord so my house batteries will charge up.

I found the reset button for the front power shade, but I'm not sure how to use it. I've pushed it and messed with the shade, now it comes down even shorter than before. Anyone use this reset the shade and can share directions?

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Old 05-06-2016, 02:24 PM   #15
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I think these are the instructions that I used.
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Old 05-06-2016, 03:26 PM   #16
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Great job, everyone. The group got the problem resolved, and made a happy camper. Good reason to join the forum.
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Old 05-06-2016, 04:02 PM   #17
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Agreed! These forums are 10x more valuable than the service tech that did the walkthrough with me on the coach!

Thanks for your help everyone - feeling much better. Appreciate the help.

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Old 05-06-2016, 06:24 PM   #18
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CY... given that the batts were fully discharged & probably damaged somewhat, suggest that when you charge directly to the converter from household current, you take a minute to check AT THE BATTERY TERMINALS with a voltmeter that you are getting over 14V since the batteries are depleted...give it a couple of minutes before you check. After an overnight charge, your next reading should be around 13.2V with the charger on.
After you've charged...unplug for 24 hours with the battery switch set to off...then check voltage again. Should be 12.6 if like new. 12.4 shows loss of capacity. 12.2 indicates you should think about replacing those batteries especially if you do any boondocking.

Of course...before doing any charging...check and fill the distilled water in each cell so you don't do further damage.
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To possibly head off some future grief , we should ask you where you are planning on plugging in when you get your 50 to 30 amp adapter?

Did you have a 30 Amp Installed specifically wired for an RV? Or an existing 3 prong plug in the house that is possibly for a clothes dryer?
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The coach is virtually brand new. Even with cheap Chinese batteries they should be good for a bit longer. Good advice on testing them - I will do that.

We will be using this RV for almost all dry camping. We race off-road (enduros and hare scrambles primarily). No hookups - all boondocking/dry camping.

I just needed an excuse to replace these crappy batteries with AGM's. I boated for many years and the AGM's are absolutely worth the price. Would like to at least get 1 season out of these stock batteries though!

Right now my converter/charger is plugged into a 110v outlet in my garage. I did have an electrician install 30 amp service at the house, and once I step down the 50 amp plug to a 30 amp with an adapter, I'll use that.

Thanks for the ongoing advice everyone!

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