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Old 11-21-2014, 05:24 PM   #21
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It will "work" without a battery but highly not recommended!
Especially when moving slides in and out.
Just because they worked doesn't make it right.

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I've never read that, but if you have a link I'd like to. I run a forum for R-pod owners and that would be useful info.
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:26 PM   #22
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I've never read that, but if you have a link I'd like to. I run a forum for R-pod owners and that would be useful info.
I emailed wfco for a response.
I've long since deleted it.
But I'll gladly email them again.


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Old 11-21-2014, 05:36 PM   #23
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No rush. I'm searching around the net to see if I can find anything.
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:47 PM   #24
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So, I looked at all the threads, but my first inclination was not mentioned.

I would check your ground wire from the battery to the frame. Rust at the threads will create a "swinger" where the voltage can vary wildly in the camper depending on how good the bond is at that moment.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:02 PM   #25
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Herk - very true, the ground connection on the frame, and at the converter should be cleaned.

TURBS - I just looked around WFCO's website and the description on multiple models states that they are ok to use w/o a battery.
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:54 PM   #26
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OK, replacing the battery did NOT fix the issue, nor was the old battery bad. All DC power ran fine until the battery ran out of gas, so I assume it is the WFCO converter that is bad because it doesn't seem to be converting or inverting. I had the old battery recharged and used it for the rest of my overnight trip. I tried testing the converter/power panel with a multimeter in the manner listed, but I don't know what in the hell I'm doing, really. I do know that usually when I'm have the lights on and using the water pump, etc., I notice the converter fan on. I never heard it come on once. Dón't you think I just need to replace the converter or should I try something else out first?
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Old 11-22-2014, 01:12 PM   #27
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When you had the battery out completely, did the camper's 12 volt items (lights, pump, etc) work on the converter plugged into shore power or generator?


If so there may very well be a current limiter between the converter and the battery "opened". Locate the bad limiter by looking at it for corrosion and/or a popped breaker on one of the short sides.
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Old 11-22-2014, 01:14 PM   #28
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No, when I lost battery power, I lost all DC power.
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No, when I lost battery power, I lost all DC power.
Were you boondocking at the time or plugged into shore power/generator?
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Old 11-22-2014, 01:23 PM   #30
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If the converter is confirmed "not working" (less than 13 volts output when plugged into shore power); make sure there is 120 volts AC getting to the converter unit (below the fuses/breakers in the WFCO unit). An AC wire may be burned/loose.
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