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Old 07-04-2019, 06:45 AM   #1
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2014 Sunseeker 2860 New Batteries are DEAD

I had new house batteries installed last October. I have had shore power attached for de-humidifier and I pulled out the coach to clean it up for travel and the batteries are completely dead.
I read the shore power may have hurt them.
No idea of what to do now.
Can't get sliders out or generator running even when the engine is running.
Can anyone help? Our 4th of July outing is DOA!

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Old 07-04-2019, 07:23 AM   #2
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Although you say you were connected to shore power, (you mention the dehumidifier was running) your story sounds like you had the house battery switch (sometimes called the salesman switch) in the OFF position.

Do you have a digital meter, and do you know how to work it?
Take readings of the engine battery under the hood. What’s the reading?
Take readings of the house batteries under the steps. What’s the reading?

Take readings WITH and WITHOUT the battery switch in the ON position.

It’s possible now, when you say you can’t move slides or start the genny, your new house batteries are toast, and need replacing.
It’s imperative that you confirm that your unit is charging batteries when you’re connected to shore power.

BTW.....I would’ve posted this question under Sunseeker heading or RV tech subforum under electrical, for better response, but let’s hope this works.
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:35 AM   #3
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Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:59 AM   #4
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i'm not familiar with your sunseeker but isn't there normally an "aux start" button to connect the chassis to the house batteries? you should be able to use this to start the generator. but you will need to ensure that the generator gets 12vdc to continue to run. you may need to keep the "aux start" button pressed until the generator starts producing 120vac, then the transfer switch has to connect to the generator power, and the converter needs to supply 12vdc power to the batteries which can bypass some to the generator to keep it running. then you can disconnect from the engine batteries.
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:02 AM   #5
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Thank you!

I really appreciate you taking the time!
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Old 07-04-2019, 02:26 PM   #6
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i'm not familiar with your sunseeker but isn't there normally an "aux start" button to connect the chassis to the house batteries? you should be able to use this to start the generator. but you will need to ensure that the generator gets 12vdc to continue to run. you may need to keep the "aux start" button pressed until the generator starts producing 120vac, then the transfer switch has to connect to the generator power, and the converter needs to supply 12vdc power to the batteries which can bypass some to the generator to keep it running. then you can disconnect from the engine batteries.
Perhaps I'm not understanding how the generator works. Why does it need 12 VDC to continue to run once it has started?
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Old 07-04-2019, 03:47 PM   #7
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I’m assuming an Oman 4000 or 5500. These need 12 volts to power the starter and the control board. However they only produce 120vac power. So they still draw some 12vdc power while they are running.
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Old 07-04-2019, 04:06 PM   #8
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My 2014 Sunseeker aux switch is on the left side of the driver's seat. I believe the 12 volt is needed to start the generator but once started, should run by itself.
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My 2014 Sunseeker aux switch is on the left side of the driver's seat. I believe the 12 volt is needed to start the generator but once started, should run by itself.
I agree 12 volt is needed to start. Don't think I've ever heard of a generator that then needed 12 volt to keep running. Must be missing something.
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