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Old 11-30-2014, 08:41 PM   #1
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Battery Charger Location?

I'm a newbie here and have a question.
I can't find where my battery charger is.

Does anybody know typical locations where they are?

I have a 2012 Lacrosse, 308RES.

Any help or suggestions of where to look would be helpful.

Thank you.

Lee
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:15 PM   #2
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You mean your converter.
it's usually located behind the fuse/breaker panel.

If you need the specific location you should ask in the Prime Time section.
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:18 PM   #3
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OK, Thanks.
I'd have to take the front off the panel.
Which is why I can't find it!
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:56 PM   #4
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First, why are you trying to find it?
second, your converter manual should be in with the owners manual stuff.
third, most FR rigs have WFCO converters. So, Google their images to what they look like.

There's usually a door to open to access the fuses/breakers.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:31 PM   #5
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Thank you bikendan,

I'm trying to learn all about my RV so I know how to operate it and be able to trouble shoot - should something happen.

It is a used RV and not all manuals are with it, besides, I'm a hands on person.
Right now, I'm trying to verify "if" my battery is being charged, and how? Either plugged in to 120, or while trailering it.

I put a meter on the battery today and could verify that it was being charged when plugged in, but couldn't find the charger / converter.
I did also figure out that it is on the "Refrigerator" circuit #2. To me, that means #2 has to be on for it to be charging. (It was not labeled!)

Next, I'd like to find out if it is being charged while under tow????
I don't see any charger in the 12 volt side???
It may be on my vehicle, I have to look into that??

Thanks again.
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Suggest you Google "the 12 volt side of life" and do some reading.
it always recommended for newbies.
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:34 PM   #7
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Thank you bikendan,

Next, I'd like to find out if it is being charged while under tow????
I don't see any charger in the 12 volt side???
It may be on my vehicle, I have to look into that??

Thanks again.
Lee
Well today I stopped at my Ford Dealer where I bought my truck and sure enough, there was a fuse in the glove box that had to be installed in order for my tow vehicle to charge my battery. Now my factory installed Tow set up will charge my TT battery while I'm under way and using the trailer lights.

Don't assume that since it is factory, that it is hooked up and working correctly....

But I have to ask this stupid dumb question..... why in the world would they not just put the fuse in from the factory??? Why would you leave this up to the the truck owner to figure out??? I've already had to tow the trailer when we bought it and I was assuming everything was fine....

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SeaHarley, your tow vehicle will only top off the trailer battery, not charge a depleted battery.
don't expect much more than a trickle charge from your truck, while traveling.
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SeaHarley, your tow vehicle will only top off the trailer battery, not charge a depleted battery.
don't expect much more than a trickle charge from your truck, while traveling.
Not accurate, an automotive alternator will put out a lot more than a trickle charge, all depending on the specific alternator. They vary from the old ones around 45 amp up to some new ones will put out 200 amps. Most standard ones are in the 105-145amp range.
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If everyone can think of 12v power like water, it will be easier to understand. The battery is a water resevoir. The alternator is a giant pump pushing additional water down stream. If the pin and associated wiring leading to trailer is a drinking straw. How much water will be coming out at the end? Not much. The 20plus feet of 16 gauge wiring will limit the amount of current in amps the trailer will receive.
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