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Old 08-26-2019, 03:01 PM   #1
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slides not working with shore power

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we were plugged in to the campground over the weekend, got ready to leave, and the battery went dead while retracting the slides. This was a brand new battery.

I thought the slides operated off shore power while plugged in? am I wrong?

We put jumper cables on the battery and got the slide in however, I don't understand why we have a dead battery while plugged in?
Any suggestions?
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:05 PM   #2
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well, both symptoms indicate that your converter is somehow not working. That is how the battery went dead when connected to shore power and that is why the slides wouldn't come in even when connected to shore power.

Connect to shore power and see what the converter voltage is. Should be 13.5 or more. Could be a fuse, could be a breaker. That is where the problem lies.
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:11 PM   #3
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we were plugged in to the campground over the weekend, got ready to leave, and the battery went dead while retracting the slides. This was a brand new battery.

I thought the slides operated off shore power while plugged in? am I wrong?

We put jumper cables on the battery and got the slide in however, I don't understand why we have a dead battery while plugged in?
Any suggestions?
Thanks,
The battery gets charged (recharged) when plugged into shore power from the converter. (located in the power distribution center)

The converter's job is to supply 12v when plugged in (using the battery as a ballast) and to charge the battery.

Seeing how you said you replaced the battery, there could be several things happening. (or not happening)

1. The converter may have crapped out and no longer providing a charge/12v output.

2 You may have inadvertently connected/touched the cables to the battery backwards, taking out the converter protection fuses located at the converter. (see picture below)

3. The original bad battery may have required the converter to go into a high charge mode and output more current than the protection fuses could handle and they blew.

Do you own a multimeter and know how to use it?

If so, let us know and we'll give you some tips on how to test these things.
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:51 PM   #4
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wizard is blinking slowly

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The battery gets charged (recharged) when plugged into shore power from the converter. (located in the power distribution center)

The converter's job is to supply 12v when plugged in (using the battery as a ballast) and to charge the battery.

Seeing how you said you replaced the battery, there could be several things happening. (or not happening)

1. The converter may have crapped out and no longer providing a charge/12v output.

2 You may have inadvertently connected/touched the cables to the battery backwards, taking out the converter protection fuses located at the converter. (see picture below)

3. The original bad battery may have required the converter to go into a high charge mode and output more current than the protection fuses could handle and they blew.

Do you own a multimeter and know how to use it?

If so, let us know and we'll give you some tips on how to test these things.
thanks for your help!

1) I did hook the cables backwards the battery charger (2 amp) this was prior to replacing the new battery just last week ( no glasses and to dark)

2) the wizard mode button WAS staying on all the time. i've disconnected the battery charger and it now is slowly blinking

3) currently i'm at home and hooked up to shore power

4) yeas I can use the multimeter
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:56 PM   #5
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well, both symptoms indicate that your converter is somehow not working. That is how the battery went dead when connected to shore power and that is why the slides wouldn't come in even when connected to shore power.

Connect to shore power and see what the converter voltage is. Should be 13.5 or more. Could be a fuse, could be a breaker. That is where the problem lies.
where would i check the converter voltage?

remove the plastic housing?
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There are a couple of things to check.
Check the three 25 amp fuses at the bottom right of the power panel. They are the reverse polarity fuses and will blow if the battery gets hooked up backward. And sometimes will blow when hooking up a battery.

Once you've checked those, you can easily check voltage at the battery. Disconnect shore power and check the voltage. Then plug back into shore power and test the voltage again. The voltage when plugged into shore power should be higher than when not plugged in.If it is then your converter is charging the battery.
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I reversed my battery cables at the beginning of last summer. In addition to blowing the reverse polarity fuses, I also blew the 5a fuse in my radio. In addition, since I was connected to the TV, I also blew 2 fuses in my tow vehicle.
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Old 08-26-2019, 05:09 PM   #8
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There are a couple of things to check.
Check the three 25 amp fuses at the bottom right of the power panel. They are the reverse polarity fuses and will blow if the battery gets hooked up backward. And sometimes will blow when hooking up a battery.

Once you've checked those, you can easily check voltage at the battery. Disconnect shore power and check the voltage. Then plug back into shore power and test the voltage again. The voltage when plugged into shore power should be higher than when not plugged in.If it is then your converter is charging the battery.

i'll get some new fuses tomorrow and also check with the multimeter.
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I reversed my battery cables at the beginning of last summer. In addition to blowing the reverse polarity fuses, I also blew the 5a fuse in my radio. In addition, since I was connected to the TV, I also blew 2 fuses in my tow vehicle.
I'll check those fuses tomorrow sounds like it may be the culprit. I fouled up and crossed the battery cables also, to dark and no glasses...
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i'll get some new fuses tomorrow and also check with the multimeter.
thanks for responding
Might be a good idea to grab some spare 15 amp fuses if you donít already have some. Nothing worse than being out and having a fuse blow with no replacement .... just saying.
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