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Old 04-15-2014, 11:45 PM   #11
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I just got my first pop up a 1996 Rockwood 1620. It has a power converter , a fridge, heater with thermostat but no ac. The trailer lights work great but the 12v lights won't come on. The battery is dead. Did find a switch DC,AC, & propane. I had in on AC while plugged into 110v. Did not get a lot of documentation
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:17 AM   #12
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It sounds like your converter is bad or it is not turned on, you should have a breaker that has to be turned on. I'm not sure but do you have a 3 way refer? That could be your selector switch for your Refer only. DC<AC>Propane. You are going to have to measure your voltage when plugged in to see if it is getting 110v to the converter and putting out 12v out.. If it is a WFCO converter I'll think I have a wire diagram on how to check but you will need a meter 110v/12v. I'll try to attach it. Sorry it will not let me attach it. If you type in WFCO on google you should be able to get one for trouble shooting. I know Herk has one send him a PM. If he doesn't read this post. Even if your battery is dead your converter should make your 12v lights come on inside if it is turn on, It replaces your battery when plugged into 110v. You can also try the forum library, might be in there.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:56 AM   #13
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I just got my first pop up a 1996 Rockwood 1620. It has a power converter , a fridge, heater with thermostat but no ac. The trailer lights work great but the 12v lights won't come on. The battery is dead. Did find a switch DC,AC, & propane. I had in on AC while plugged into 110v. Did not get a lot of documentation
Start with checking the battery condition and whether it can be charged or if it needs replaced.

Pop ups have a galley switch that disconnects 12v lights when pop up is "popped down" that switch sometimes sticks.

Once you have a good charged battery or a new one then some tests can be made to further check your electrical system.

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So, my 2 copper washed zincs:

Your converter will not charge a completely dead or internally shorted battery.

There is circuitry that prevents the converter from powering the battery charging circuits to prevent a fire. Always remove a dead battery (no lights on the holding tank level system display is a good example - but not the only one - of a battery too dead to charge) before trying to trouble shoot a converter issue.

Once the battery is removed, check the DC output voltage to see if it exceeds 13 volts DC. If so the converter is good. If not, it is bad.

Here are some manuals and a trouble shooting guide for two models of the WFCO converter.
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So, my 2 copper washed zincs:

Your converter will not charge a completely dead or internally shorted battery.

There is circuitry that prevents the converter from powering the battery charging circuits to prevent a fire. Always remove a dead battery (no lights on the holding tank level system display is a good example - but not the only one - of a battery too dead to charge) before trying to trouble shoot a converter issue.

Once the battery is removed, check the DC output voltage to see if it exceeds 13 volts DC. If so the converter is good. If not, it is bad.

Here are some manuals and a trouble shooting guide for two models of the WFCO converter.
Why did I know you have that information? Your nick name should be LM the library man. I'm not surprised with Turbo either, he's not as bad as some people make him out to be......
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It is important to note that the converter will disconnect itself from the camper completely if a dead/shorted battery is in the system. If your battery has an internal short you may not get any indication other than NO DC power to the camper but the AC outlets work.

It may also trip the AC Circuit breaker that feeds the converter portion of the power center. Check ALL your AC breakers by cycling them to OFF; then back on. A "tripped" breaker may "look" ON; but still be disconnected.
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My background is sailing, WEST Marine is my supplier of choice. The have a service they call The WEST Adviser. Here's the adviser on 12vdc and 120vac. Hope you all find this helpful: DIY Selecting an Inverter or Inverter Charger | West Marine
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