Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-01-2016, 09:04 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
HONDAMAN174's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Big brown desert
Posts: 2,319
I installed one of these to watch how many amps is being put out.

DROKŪ Micro Voltmeter Current Meter Digital Voltmeter Gauge 100V /50A DC Current Meter LED Display Auto/Car/Eletronic Voltage Meter with Transformer (50A) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBX1M18..._WCQjxb61VKZCH




2014 Evo 2850 "Woodstock"
2011 Toyota Tundra "Clifford"
__________________

__________________
2014 Stealth Evo 2850- "Woodstock"
2011 Toyota Tundra Rock Crawler TRD 5.7- "Clifford"
2013 Honda Accord Coupe V6 w/Track Pack- "Julia"

Just glad to get away
HONDAMAN174 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2016, 10:33 PM   #22
Member
 
Kchula-Rrit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Livermore, Calif.
Posts: 79
I have a panel-mount voltmeter that I intend to install in the main cabin, right above the control panel. We used a DVM to check the voltages found a switch (water pump, I think) that has switched 12V power and ground.

I would connect an ammeter too, except that it would require running cables through the walls, which I'm not comfortable doing. I could mount one where the converter is, but it would require contortions to see it.

K-R.
__________________

__________________
2006 Sunseeker 3100SS - "Heart Of Gold"
Kchula-Rrit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2016, 10:53 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
Too Tall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 813
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kchula-Rrit View Post
I have a panel-mount voltmeter that I intend to install in the main cabin, right above the control panel. We used a DVM to check the voltages found a switch (water pump, I think) that has switched 12V power and ground.

I would connect an ammeter too, except that it would require running cables through the walls, which I'm not comfortable doing. I could mount one where the converter is, but it would require contortions to see it.

K-R.
This is an excellent alternative and I see they've drop the price. I compared the accuracy with an in line amp meter and it was dead on.

Sears.com
__________________
Rockwood 2104S, 2014 Ram 2500 Diesel.
USMC 68 -70
Too Tall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2016, 03:25 AM   #24
Member
 
Kchula-Rrit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Livermore, Calif.
Posts: 79
Epilogue

We went to Lake Nacimiento, about a five-hour drive, for three days/two nights. The place had water, electricity and sewer, so we were on shore power the whole time.

The new converter took the whole two days to go to "idle" mode, with the charging voltage at 13.6 instead of the WFCO's 13.1. Two days after we got back the battery voltage was still 12.5. With the WFCO, the voltage was 11.8.

If we replace the batteries I assume it will be even better!

Thanks, everyone, for the advice.

K-R.
__________________
2006 Sunseeker 3100SS - "Heart Of Gold"
Kchula-Rrit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2016, 09:26 AM   #25
Senior Member
 
HONDAMAN174's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Big brown desert
Posts: 2,319
Battery Replacement- 12V vs 6V, WFCO replacement

Here is a silly question. Make sure you have 12v coming into TT. I had been chasing a problem for a while of I had 13.2 coming out of TV but nothing going into TT. Finally traced 7-pin wires to a junction box underneath frame and there was a 30 amp fuse buried in that box- probably to keep from shorting out if trailer wire comes into contact with metal while camping- never though about it until now. Anyways, I changed out that hard to reach fuse with self resetting circuit breaker so I don't have to deal with it.


Wait- you have a sun seeker. Nevermind!

2014 Evo 2850 "Woodstock"
2011 Toyota Tundra "Clifford"
__________________
2014 Stealth Evo 2850- "Woodstock"
2011 Toyota Tundra Rock Crawler TRD 5.7- "Clifford"
2013 Honda Accord Coupe V6 w/Track Pack- "Julia"

Just glad to get away
HONDAMAN174 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2016, 09:48 AM   #26
Senior Member
 
camaraderie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1,721
Glad it is all working out. If you find yourself doing a lot of boondocking, you should get a real battery monitor system that will help you understand what is going on with your batteries, your amp usage and your state of charge. Contrary to popular belief, a simple voltmeter IN USE tells you virtually nothing useful...other than that your battery is dead or charging.
Much written on this on the forum if you search for Victron or Trimetric.

If you don't boondock, you have no reason to monitor.

If you were measuring 13.6 charging voltage after two days...your charger was in ABSORBTION mode...not float. It should have dropped down to the 13.2 range which is the spec for float voltage on your unit. 13.6 is a long term battery killer if left plugged in. I suspect some significant battery loss of capacity. Suggest you leave it plugged in for 3 days to see if you can get it to drop down to float voltage eventually.
__________________
________
Cam
2015 Georgetown 280DS
2014 Vespa LX150 2014 StellaAuto 125
camaraderie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2016, 02:27 AM   #27
Member
 
Kchula-Rrit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Livermore, Calif.
Posts: 79
Oops! I should have made it a bit more clear. The charging voltage was 13.6 right after we plugged-in to shore power at the campground. I should have said that the little indicator light to settle down to "storage" mode, by the user manual.

I forgot to measure the voltage just before we unplugged to leave, when the light showed "storage" status.

I think a battery monitor makes sense. I would like to put one on the wall next to the main panel but that would involve running wires from the power converter bay. Our Surge-Guard panel is on the bedroom pedestal, which means we have to get on hands and knees to read it, so the monitor panel can go there, too.

Our power converter is located in a closed box under the bed. It felt a bit warmer than this old nerd feels comfortable about, so we're going to put a fan with a thermostatic switch to pull hot air out of the box. The WFCO cabinet where the new converter sits has some cooling slots, which the fan should draw through.

K-R.
__________________
2006 Sunseeker 3100SS - "Heart Of Gold"
Kchula-Rrit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2016, 08:45 AM   #28
Senior Member
 
camaraderie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1,721
Ahhh...OK...that's better! LOL
Just FYI installing the Victron...the connection to the readout from the battery shunt below is a single telephone wire that plugs in just as you would one of those old fashoined phones grandpa used to use,
You can pretty much put the readout anywhere you can drop a wire.
Have fun!
__________________

__________________
________
Cam
2015 Georgetown 280DS
2014 Vespa LX150 2014 StellaAuto 125
camaraderie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery, replacement, wfco

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:34 AM.