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Old 05-07-2016, 06:55 AM   #1
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Battery, what is it for exactly?

Prior to Battery being installed for the season. I plugged in and opened the slide-out. no problems, opened up smoothly. Husband was mad because i didn't wait for him to bring out the battery and install it. What is the purpose of the battery? is it a back up if the electric at the park goes out?

Problem: i have 3 outlets that don't have power. 2 near the TV and 1 in the bedroom (over the bed receptacle) all others have power. and how do you take over the covers to check it out? there are no screws, do they just pop off? i don't want to break the cover to the electrical outlet. Thanks...
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:01 AM   #2
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STOP!

Check your GFCI outlets and reset the one that has tripped

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The battery will power the lights and circuits boards for you fridge, furnace and water heater. Most important though, it operates the braking system if the trailer ever becomes detached while towing.
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The battery or batteries in your RV operate all the 12V items WHEN your not plugged into shore power (120V). Items like your lights, slides, refrig, water pump, etc all run off 12V which your batteries can/do provide. When you are plugged into 120V shore power, the converter in your RV converts 120V into 12V to provide power for those item so you don't use/need your batteries,
Your "dead" outlets sounds like you may have a GFE outlet "tripped". Look for an electrical outlet (may be more than one) somewhere in the kitchen or the bathroom with a "reset button" and press the button to reset your system. Typically a GFE outlet will be tied to several non GFE outlets and when it trips, all those outlets do not work.
Let us know how you make out. Good luck!
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If you have a slide out with the LIPPERT system the battery is needed to keep the slide locked closed during transport.
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:31 AM   #6
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Checked the GFCI

There is only one GFCI outlet, we checked it. it was fine. (it's above the bathroom sink in the bedroom)

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Battery...

Thank you, makes sense! We are permanently seasonal, no no worries of brakes.

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The battery will power the lights and circuits boards for you fridge, furnace and water heater. Most important though, it operates the braking system if the trailer ever becomes detached while towing.
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If you have a slide out with the LIPPERT system the battery is needed to keep the slide locked closed during transport.

In addition to that running some slide motors on the converter only is a good way to fry the motor depending on the slide system. Not so much an issue with a Schwintek with those small motors, but on a through the frame or above floor gear slide that pulls lots of amps, using only the converter without the battery is asking for trouble.
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Thank you for the clear response. It's not that i wanted to be right, about the slide out, i just wanted to make sure i didn't do any damage by not having the battery in.( i did ask the guy at the RV dealer, if i could open the slide out,without the battery in, he said yes.) Hubby was really ticked off at me for not waiting. i just get so excited to open her up for the season.
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:44 AM   #10
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heading back out there today...

To recheck the GFCS, hot water tank (no hot water yesterday either), i have used and printed out, the files provided to go over and make sure i un winterized the 5th wheel properly. The pictures in the water heater files are extremely helpful in understanding! I will let you all know how it goes tonight!
Thank you all so much!
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