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Old 07-21-2015, 12:47 PM   #1
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converter issue?

How can I tell whether my converter is working properly? We returned from camping last week...first couple of nights everything appeared to be OK. Aboult mid-week we noticed that the radio had stopped and when I went I went to investigate, the fridge was out as well.

Went through a bunch of tests...unplugging things, turning lights off etc. Finally shut most of lights off for night leaving fridge on (when it finally came on). Next day it appeared to be OK. Two nights later similar issues.

When we broke camp, the battery was dead and of course the power winch wouldn't work. Needed a charged battery.

We have a 2013 HW 277. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 07-21-2015, 01:03 PM   #2
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I would first take a multi-meter and check the voltage across the battery with the RV plugged into shore power. If the converter is outputting and attempting to charge the batteries it would read 13.6 VDC or so. If you are reading a dead battery only it will be about 11.5VDC. It sounds like you converter is not charging the battery.
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Old 07-21-2015, 02:42 PM   #3
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Thanks. We will check.
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Old 07-22-2015, 09:37 PM   #4
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converter issue?

Per your suggestion, I checked the battery while plugged into shore power. The meter read 13.62.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:40 PM   #5
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Were you plugged into shore power when you were camping last week?
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:56 PM   #6
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Well from your readings 13.62 v I would say your converter is working. I agree with bikendan sounds like you were camping without AC power and just ran the battery dead.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:58 PM   #7
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yes. made camp on Sunday. Everything appeared to be OK until midweek then issues began w/ fridge and lights. Full power on and off for remainder of week.

Lots of units running AC around us....we didn't. Would that impact our service?
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:59 PM   #8
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Is it possible that our power source was suspect?
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It is possible that your power was suspect. Have seen some weird electrical problems with campground power. Also when a campground is full and the weather is hot and many are using AC the problems seem to multiply.
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Old 07-29-2015, 12:31 PM   #10
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I'm having a similar problem, only my 6 volt batteries (wired in series) are only reading 11.8 volts when plugged into shore power. I triple checked the wire terminals on top of the batteries- all good.
Any ideas here? Do converters go bad?
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