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Old 09-01-2015, 06:57 PM   #1
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Greetings from AZ!

After 10 years of tent camping with my beautiful wife and soon to be 9 year old boy, we finally made the step up and purchased a very gently used 2010 Flagstaff Mac 206ST pop up trailer. I know absolutely nothing about trailers, pop ups, etc. We are going on our first test run this weekend, about a 30 minute drive, up to the mountains and hopefully with hook ups.

Our plan (in the future) is to be able to camp "off the grid" (dry camp) for days on end. We do not plan on running tv, microwave or coffee maker (there is no AC)...but do want to run the lights, charge our phones and laptops, etc.

I have spent the last two months reading about batteries, generators, power inventors, solar panels, etc. Now I am kinda stumped a little bit (just today) because the pop up is all buttoned up and ready for travel...but there is a converter...somewhere. Has to be. Right now, everything works just fine if I am plugged into my home. But nothing works without being plugged in. So this weekend, I will look for that converter...and try running interior lights off of the one battery located on the trailer hitch.

If I am correct thus far, I will increase power storage capacity (not sure yet if I will use existing battery and one more, or dump existing and get two 6-cells). I already bought a tiny generator and a battery charger.

So that is my story. Very happy with my purchase, and cannot wait to use it this weekend. Be glad to share my experiences. If anyone happens to have a model close to mine, feel free to PM me...be nice to have a few "experts" to rely on.

Happy Camping!
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:11 PM   #2
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Hope this helps:

If you're plugged into 110VAC ("your house"), and stuff works (I'm talking lights, fan, fridge if it runs on 12VAC), then your converter is working, as it converts the 110AC into 12VDC to run that stuff. It will also supply charging current to your battery. When you unplug from the 110VAC, the battery should be supplying the 12VDC. So if your stuff isn't working when you unplug from 110VAC, your battery is shot - or maybe not even hooked up. Another option is you may have a battery disconnect switch that's open.

If you're expecting any 110VAC outlets that you might have to work without being plugged into the house (110VAC), you'll be disappointed. They'll only work when plugged into the house. If you want 110VAC when not plugged into 110VAC, you'll need to get an INVERTER that connects to the battery to convert 12VDC into 110VAC. But don't expect your battery to last long doing this.

Many newbies confuse "converters" and "inverters" so I discussed both above.
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:21 PM   #3
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Wow, thx for fast reply. Yes, you are correct. When plugged into house, fans, lights, electrical receptors work. I was told battery was new, and it is an battery powered pop up, which goes up and down easily. So is it safe to assume if pop up actually pops up off battery, then battery can't be that bad?

Battery disconnect switch... Hmmm.

Again, will look at the innards of this beast this weekend. I kinda feel like that one battery that runs the up/down pop up should give me interior lights, but it didn't yesterday.

Thx for help thus far. I'll post what I find. This forum is going to be a big help, I can tell.
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:23 PM   #4
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Maybe I got a blown fuse somewhere... Beer and time this weekend... This will be figured out.
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:24 PM   #5
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This may help you, too:

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Old 09-01-2015, 08:45 PM   #6
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Could also be the inside plunger switch.
If it's malfunctioning, you won't have interior 12v items working.
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Could also be the inside plunger switch.
If it's malfunctioning, you won't have interior 12v items working.
Googleing that now. It makes more sense (to my dumb butt) something like this. I believe battery is good, it pops the pop up up just fine (I could have more fun with that, but I won't).

The guy I bougt this from...he used it once a year...five years in a row. He really knows very little about it. Sad. He keeps telling me there is a 20 gallon water tank...sticker on trailer says 8. Im just saying that because I kinda trust the guy, he works with me....I dont think he sold be junk, he just doesn't know.

I will look for this "inside plunger switch" this weekend when we have it set up. I am sure there is some sort of electrical (under the seats?) somewhere. Thanks for all the tips. Much appreciated. i will pay them back when I learn more
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Not saying your sticker is wrong, but 8 gal seems a little small. My Coleman had about a 20 gal. Do you have a toilet with black water tank? That might be 8 gal.
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in most popups, the plunger switch gets compressed down when the sink cabinet is flipped rightside up.
this completes the 12v circuit to the battery.
on our two older popups, it was white. not sure if newer ones are the same.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:54 PM   #10
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rockfordroo & bikendan you two rock. Thank you so much for giving me a place to start with. Best case scenerio, I will get a spot with power, and not have to worry about the issue for the weekend. Worst case scenerio, we dry camp in a very glorified tent. Either way, I will track this issue down this weekend, and post my results here...hopefully for others to learn from.

Thanks...thanks so much. I'm such a noob when it comes to this. I fix PC's for a living...PM me for free advice Again, can't thank you enough.
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