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Old 07-13-2015, 10:40 AM   #31
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Ok I drove back to the RV. Driving me crazy with why. Well I think I figured out why on the voltage. Don't assume anything. I asked for when buying the new CC for 4 - 6 volt golf batteries. Well what I have is 4 - 12 volt deep cycle golf batteries hence 25.7 when configured per the 6 volt diagram. Battery 1 & 2 original connected to the converter was 12.6 each. Battery 3 & 4 original connected to inverter was 11.7 each. Guess that is why the inverter shut down after a couple of hours traveling. So now I either have to configure for 4 -12 volts or go back to the dealer for the original 4 - 6 volts that was in the purchase at the end of December 2014. The batteries appear to be good NAPA GC-2 batteries so they might be worth keeping just got to talk with the factory in the morning for a recommendation. It is all starting to clear up why the batteries would not hold the refrigerator past an hour or so.


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Why not just keep the 12 volt batteries and hook all four together and still just one big 12 volt battery, the inverter is why your frig will not work but a hour, it's being charged with a trickle charge. If hooked all together your converter will charge all four batteries


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Old 07-13-2015, 11:19 AM   #32
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That is really wild. What kind of dealer do you have? I think most dealers have 12 volt batteries around because that's what they put in most trailers, but to set you up like that is pretty bad. Go back and demand what belongs in your rig.

Could I hook a 40 amp battery charger up to my batteries ? Would the conveyer have to be disconnected?


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Old 07-13-2015, 11:20 AM   #33
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That should say converter


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Old 07-13-2015, 01:55 PM   #34
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Probably. But why? Most devices like charger's and converters simply send current out and are not affected by each other. They charge in accordance with the voltage they see, namely that of the battery. The converter on my 38CK puts out up to 65 amps. What's not being used by the coach is available for charging the battery. That's a lot of juice. The converter also is quite sophisticated in managing the battery by not over charging and boiling off the water. To me, leaving the converter on all the time is the best bet. When not using my rig I open all the other AC breakers and leave the converter breaker on. If not leaving power to the rig for storage, I'd still use just the converter to bring the batteries back up. At least make sure you don't charge the batteries with too much current.
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I meant that you probably wouldn't hurt the converter by using a charger. I would not have them both powered on at the same time though.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:18 PM   #36
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Ok problem solved. First let me say thanks to everyone for your replies. I had a cheap volt meter which I had in the RV. The setting I was using was incorrect. I took my high end volt meter which has a setting for just DC voltage. When checking batteries nothing connected was 6.65 which verified the batteries are 6 volt. So we have 4 good 6 volt batteries. The setting on the cheap meter stated 12.87 after setting it correctly then it showed the 6.65 volts DC. Bottom line make sure you are using the right setting. After hooking up all batteries to the diagram then checking for entire bank it is 12.87 volts with the correct setting instead of the 25.7 volts on the cheap meter with the wrong selection. Bottom line is the entire bank configured to the diagram is verified at12.87 volts so will be hooking up the inverter / converter positive and negative leads then final review tonight.
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:54 PM   #37
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Trying not to flame the dealer I purchased mine from. I have a 3 page list of problems with this new Forest River Cedar Creek Hathaway Edition. Some should have been caught and fixed by the dealer but I think the main trouble is the things, like this wiring of the inverter, that were wrong from the factory. The flames for the dealer will be posted in other threads where they are more appropriate!
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So here is the update. Just got back from the RV and connected the 2 positive cables and the 2 negative cables as shown in the diagram. Total of 12.87 reading across the battery bank opposite ends. Turned on inverter with refrigerator on and had been open since last trip always open after trip and turned off to make sure no mildew build up. Voltage at inverter dropped from 115 to 112 with no low voltage reading on display ran refrigerator for about one hour and started to cool. Turned off and will charge battery bank this weekend. So looks like problem solved. Appreciate everyone's comments! Now on to the next project.


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Old 07-26-2015, 07:17 PM   #39
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This is a great thread with useful data....thanks

Where can I find the battery specifications for a 2015 Silverback 29RE ? Just bought a new one, and the dealer installed 2 Exide 24MS 525 Marine Reserve Amp batteries, which does not seem adequate for a fifth wheel with level up, and the inverter/fridge options.
There is enough room for one more battery, and I'm considering removing one of the Exides, and installing two 6 volt golf cart batteries to be wired in series. But I don't know if the high amp capacity golf cart batteries should power the main coach/level up, or the 1000 watt inverter for the fridge. I'm leaning toward the level up side.

The dealer obviously doesn't know or care, and it's hard to get data from FR.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:22 PM   #40
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David do you not have room for four 6 volts? That is the recommended for the ref option.
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