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Old 11-10-2016, 03:52 PM   #1
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Why when running battery ...

Do many appliances and power outlets not work? Battery IS fully charged.
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Old 11-10-2016, 04:02 PM   #2
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Your camper has 2 distinct power systems - battery power (12v) and shore power (120v).

The appliances and power outlets are 120v and only work if you're plugged into electric.

The lights, heater, fridge (possibly), and camper systems (slides, jacks, etc.) are 12v and work off of the battery.

You can buy and install an inverter to convert 12v to 120v, but you have to be careful with usage. It can take a lot of battery power to power the simplest of appliances. Most camper's don't come with inverters but you can add it on.
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Old 11-10-2016, 04:08 PM   #3
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The 12v Side of Life might help you. This diagram does a pretty good job of explaining things:



It's overwhelming at first, but don't worry- it gets easier and clearer to understand as time goes on.
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Old 11-10-2016, 04:16 PM   #4
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Excellent Reply, Thank You!!
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Old 11-10-2016, 04:29 PM   #5
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Your dealer should have explained how the two different systems work.
Another example of poor dealer PDI.
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What they said !!!!

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Old 11-11-2016, 06:14 PM   #7
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Some of the newer units with residential fridges have inverters that will power those going down the road. They won't run on propane like the older RV fridges did. You'll have an INVERTER switch in your control panel by the front door. Good info on the BE CAREFUL aspect of adding your own for the other appliances. You need to calculate what each appliance will need Watts/Volts/Amps/Ohms conversion calculator and be aware that your batteries will not last very long. (Don't strand yourself with the slides open and jacks down.) If you dry camp a lot and need to have the inverter power you are going to need to add batteries to your system http://www.rvforum.net/miscfiles/batterycon-1.pdf
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Ours is permanently parked, so not a big deal. A previous post explained exactly why we don't get power to certain devices/areas when running on just the battery. There is an inverter toggle on the control panel, but it is not activated. Just like two of the three slide out toggles, which are also not activated. The slide out issue, which is an unpredictable snafu, i.e., the random selection of the extending/retracting of a CERTAIN slide-out, is a real dilemma in my mind!
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Old 11-11-2016, 06:59 PM   #9
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Ours is permanently parked, so not a big deal. A previous post explained exactly why we don't get power to certain devices/areas when running on just the battery. There is an inverter toggle on the control panel, but it is not activated. Just like two of the three slide out toggles, which are also not activated. The slide out issue, which is an unpredictable snafu, i.e., the random selection of the extending/retracting of a CERTAIN slide-out, is a real dilemma in my mind!
You likely have hydraulically operated slides.
They are hooked in series through the hydraulic pump circuit.
The slide with the least amount of resistance will go in/out first and then the hydraulic circuit will start pushing/pulling the next of least resistance. The slide with the least resistance isn't always the same either. Depending on slide size, temperature, rain, dirt, etc. it could start with any of them.
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Interesting, and accurate for our camper, by not great logic by Forest-river! Just wonder if the cylinder reservoir will be less full when the slides are extended? We have no breather cap on the reservoir, and the TM fluid is only half full with the slide outs extended.
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