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Old 07-23-2016, 11:00 PM   #41
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Out on the road now. Question on the power stabilizers. Front wouldn't come down. Screw jack was just spinning. I was able to easily move the stabilizers up and down by hand. After that, they worked as normal. What is going on there?
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Old 07-28-2016, 02:06 PM   #42
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Tell me if this sounds like a spent converter......

Woke this AM to dim lights and the battery on E. Couldn't even get the awning in. Reset the post numerous times. Tried with and without my surge protector. Reset the 30 amp breaker on the converter, and only heard the fan on the converter come on momentarily. Only way to charge my battery was to plug into the truck and run it for a while.
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:51 AM   #43
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Out on the road now. Question on the power stabilizers. Front wouldn't come down. Screw jack was just spinning. I was able to easily move the stabilizers up and down by hand. After that, they worked as normal. What is going on there?
They may have gotten hung up a little bit. In all honesty, I am not that impressed with the power stabilizers they put on our campers. Did it correct itself?
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:53 AM   #44
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Tell me if this sounds like a spent converter......

Woke this AM to dim lights and the battery on E. Couldn't even get the awning in. Reset the post numerous times. Tried with and without my surge protector. Reset the 30 amp breaker on the converter, and only heard the fan on the converter come on momentarily. Only way to charge my battery was to plug into the truck and run it for a while.

ld you have a bad fuse in general at the post? Bad power happened to my sister and brother in law, the campground installed a new breaker an voila, it corrected the issue. I would hope that your converter hasn't taken a sh*t already. Seems like you are close to lemon law and make the dealer give you a new one.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:44 AM   #45
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It certainly sounds like a bad converter, but I'd definitely do some more troubleshooting before you go any further. Using a digital multimeter, check the actual voltage at the battery with the camper connected to the pedestal. It should be at least 13.2v. If it isn't, the converter isn't charging the battery. If that's the case, next thing would be to check fuses. There could also bea wiring issue.
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:46 AM   #46
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Thanks for the feedback guys.

Sorry for the late reply. No cell where we camped and lots of driving after that.

First, the stab issue.... If I help it with one hand while pushing the button with the other, it seems to catch and works fine from there. Moved sites 4 times the past week and it always worked after a little help.

As to the converter, I first noticed the issue at a state park I was at. I did the whole breaker flipping routine etc. never got to the bottom of things there as we moved to an area with no services anyway.

At the RV "resort" where I woke to a nearly dead batter, also tried all breaker flipping I could. No dice. With the ac running, the battery was losing ground fast.

Rather than spend a day looking for a FR dealer to help me, we high tallied it to a great campground at 8000' with no services. Truck charged the battery enough enroute to cover what we'd need. AC wasn't needed, so we we're good.

I also notice the fan on that converter just doesn't run. Wien I first got the camper, I plugged in, and had only lights I worked on a few things. That fun was running almost nonstop. Now, I hear only silence.


So, that's where I'm at. 550 miles of driving to get home and avoid camping potentially without AC. I've got an appointment with the dealer on the 17th.
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When you say AC, do you mean air conditioning or AC electrical power?

The air conditioning doesn't require the converter to run. As long as you are plugged into 120V AC electrical power, the air conditioning should work.

The 12V DC system is completely separate and operates off the battery and/or converter. If the battery is weak and you plug the 120V AC shore power cord into the pedestal, you should hear the fan on the converter running. Also, once you are plugged in, if you press the battery monitor button, it should show all 4 lights because the battery is charging.

If you have confirmed that the battery is not being charged when the shore power is connected, then you either have a bad converter or it could just be a bad fuse. You mentioned resetting the circuit breakers but not checking the fuses. I would definitely recommend checking the fuses.
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New owner of 28DBUD with a couple questions

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When you say AC, do you mean air conditioning or AC electrical power?



The air conditioning doesn't require the converter to run. As long as you are plugged into 120V AC electrical power, the air conditioning should work.



The 12V DC system is completely separate and operates off the battery and/or converter. If the battery is weak and you plug the 120V AC shore power cord into the pedestal, you should hear the fan on the converter running. Also, once you are plugged in, if you press the battery monitor button, it should show all 4 lights because the battery is charging.



If you have confirmed that the battery is not being charged when the shore power is connected, then you either have a bad converter or it could just be a bad fuse. You mentioned resetting the circuit breakers but not checking the fuses. I would definitely recommend checking the fuses.


We have a winner. Two 40 amp fuses on the board that go to battery reverse. Both blown. Guessing that's to charge the battery of the converter.

I'm guessing that was it. Not sure what would cause it though. Always use a surge protector. I also had a blown fuse on my radio. We drove through and parked briefly during nasty lightning before all this happened. Any chance I took a little hit? Never heard of that happening.
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I hope this was the problem. Guess I won't know for sure till I can hook up to 30amp again.

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Did some more research. I caused this issue. It just took 5 nights to manifest itself due to a couple long drives allowing the battery to charge, and one night dry camping using nearly no DC power. The night before my trip when I picked up my trailer, I was in a hurry and initially hooked up the battery backwards as indicated by some sparks and the slide switch being reversed. Didn't think much of it at the time. I just corrected the cables and pressed on. I'm sure that blew these two fuses. Lesson learned. Take your time. Usually my battery cables rest near the correct terminal when unplugged, but I must've moved them out of the way at some point and they got mixed up. Now, I pay attention to that.
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