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Old 04-21-2014, 10:20 AM   #41
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I thought these prices were a bit high.
You got that right...

They think they have you over a barrel.

WFCO 9800 Series, Electronic RV Camper Power Converter/Charger, 5..

A brand new 55 amp converter is 125 bucks and has 4 wires (2 AC and 2 DC) with a ground.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:23 PM   #42
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Your converter may be fixable if that is narrowed down to be your problem.

The camper that I had before the one I have now, the converter stopped working. Tested everything that I could have with out taken it apart. Could find no problem. Took the cover off to get to the innards. Found one of the wires where the solder had came apart. Re-soldered the wires together and has worked fine ever since. Do a little more digging with all of the 110v power off (on to test, but be carefu)l and you may find a clue on what is going on. You need a volt meter (as should be on the list in the tool bag of everyone).
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I believe I've narrowed it to the converter. eBay and Amazon both have my converter from $89 to $125. I've connected the charger and all looks good. The converter will get replaced when I get home.
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Well after pondering over this ordeal and trying to avoid having to spend a lot of money I decided to troubleshoot everything. Went from fuses to breakers then batteries. It turns out that one of the two batteries I replaced last month was bad. I never thought of a new battery being bad. It was at 9.2 and the meter kept saying shut off the vehicle. The battery was completely unhooked at the time. New battery replaced and now all appears fine. Thanks for the assistance.
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Well after pondering over this ordeal and trying to avoid having to spend a lot of money I decided to troubleshoot everything. Went from fuses to breakers then batteries. It turns out that one of the two batteries I replaced last month was bad. I never thought of a new battery being bad. It was at 9.2 and the meter kept saying shut off the vehicle. The battery was completely unhooked at the time. New battery replaced and now all appears fine. Thanks for the assistance.
A hydro meter would have shown if it had a dead cell or two. Probley a couple of cells shorted out and would not take or keep a charge. IF it is a new battery, take it back where you got it as it should be full exchangeable or at least pro-rated. But, my thought is that even with a bad battery the converter should have ran your 12v systems unless it was 'charging' at max output all of the time and popped some type of breaker. With that thought of 'charging at max' all of the time, if the converter does not kick down to a trickle charge when the battery is fully charge, it will after a time fry your battery, boil out the water and/or short out some cells.
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It is important to repeat that a dead battery (or a shorted one) connected to the converter will shut it down and prevent it from powering up.

That is why the first step in troubleshooting a converter is to remove the battery from the camper; then measure voltage.
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A hydro meter would have shown if it had a dead cell or two...
My batteries are sealed so a hydrometer test is out.
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My batteries are sealed so a hydrometer test is out.

OC.... you always have to be the difficult one, don't you .....

take your drill and cut a hole in the top of each cell and then 'test'....
after you find out that there was nothing wrong with your battery, then wrap it with Duck Commander Tape to close up the holes......


(disclaimer: do not cut into your battery if it is sealed)((don't cut into your battery ever))
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OC.... you always have to be the difficult one, don't you...
Nope, just pointing out that some folks use sealed batteries. Just bought another one for TOWTA's junker today that is sealed. I do have a hydrometer, but it's uses are extremely limited nowadays.
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I'm not to familiar with how it all works but have no issues working on it and can pretty much troubleshoot anything with a direction. You guys are very good at explaining things. I just don't carry a meter with me but have tools to work anything.
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