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Old 10-27-2014, 05:24 AM   #1
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2014 Roo battery not charging

Just noticed yesterday after our last trip that the battery is not charging. We have never used it, so I never really checked. We do have the factory on/off pull switch next to the breaker box. Does this have anything to do with charging?
I have not checked anything yet, but wanted some thoughts on where to look first.
Obviously, the battery is brand new as we only took delivery in April.
My first thought is a blown fuse in the fuse box.

Any advise is appreciated.

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Old 10-27-2014, 05:53 AM   #2
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The switch you mentioned is a battery disconnect. It needs to be pulled out in order to connect the battery to the charger.
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:09 PM   #3
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Got home from work and:
Checked fuses......ok
Pulled out disconnect switch to charge...do not think I have even touched that....ok
Checked terminals on battery....NOT ok, the positive was away loose!

Charging it now on my home power, should know in a few hours.


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Old 10-27-2014, 04:39 PM   #4
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[QUOTE=jffbrght;726464Checked terminals on battery....NOT ok, the positive was away loose!

Charging it now on my home power, should know in a few hours.


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That was probably your issue. If you want to know for sure, invest in an inexpensive multi-meter if you don't have one. When the trailer is plugged in you should be able to measure 13.5 to about 13.7 volts DC across the battery posts. If the converter isn't charging, you would see something less than 12 volts.
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Old 10-27-2014, 04:52 PM   #5
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Thank you for that tip....I am handy, but electrically challenged.


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Old 10-28-2014, 12:29 PM   #6
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Thank you for that tip....I am handy, but electrically challenged.


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Me too. Might want to check out these links:


The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)
No Shock Zone

These are extremely helpful in getting the basics of RV electrical systems figured out. And since things typically only go haywire when you are in the middle of nowhere, it really helps to be able to troubleshoot it yourself. And not having to drag the trailer to the dealer and pay $100 an hour for service is always good too.
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Old 10-28-2014, 02:21 PM   #7
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Did a further inspection a little while ago and found that the positive cable from the battery that goes to a relay right underneath the trailer had broken off from the wire connector. A quick trip to the hardware store to replace it, and now we should be back in business.. It looked like a crappy crimp from the factory itself. Not enuff metal was crimped around the wire and vibration probably just broke it free.

Thank you for the help!


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Old 10-28-2014, 04:49 PM   #8
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Now, what r my best options for charging it back up, if it will even charge as there were no lights on the panel when I pushed the battery button? I am afraid it drained down pert near all the way. And of course, I do not have a meter.


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Old 10-28-2014, 08:52 PM   #9
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Just plug the trailer into shore power and let its converter do what it's designed for, recharging the battery.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:05 PM   #10
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So, the only time the battery disconnect switch is off (pushed in) is when the TT is in storage or you are coming back from camping and you don't need the fridge, right?

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