Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-27-2016, 03:53 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 1
2014 Viking/Forest River 2105ST - Power Problems

This is my first post to this forum and I'm a relatively inexperienced RV owner. My problem is electrical related. My family and I went camping and I plugged the trailer in 48 hours in advance. When I plugged it in I could hear the converter running (should i hear it?). When we got to the mountain we didn't have power. When plugged into the truck it worked fine however nothing when it was plugged. No breakers were tripped and all of the fuses looked fine. I'm not sure what to do from here. I just got home and plugged it in and the converter only ran for about 10 seconds and shut off. Is there a battery shut off that isn't releasing when the trailer is popped? I couldn't find one and the owners manual doesn't specify.

Thoughts? I already had the converter replaced once and I hate to take it to the shop because it will sit there for 6 weeks.



brose409 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2016, 04:28 PM   #2
Moderators' Assistant
bikendan's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 10,193
Check the battery with a hydrometer.
Unless a previous owner installed one, popups don't come with factory disconnect switches.

Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
'07 Roo 23SS pushing an '07 Chevy Avalanche
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2016, 09:27 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 643
If the battery was not disconnected while the camper was being stored, the battery probably won't hold a charge under any circumstances. Parasite drains like the propane/CO alarm, possibly the stereo, and anything else that doesn't or is not turned completely off sucks the power from the battery. Normally, a PUP battery will last about 2 weeks with those drains before it is completely dead. You also need to make sure the fridge is not set to DC except when actually towing.

The fan noise from the converter is because it is working hard trying to charge a nearly dead battery. If the battery is too far gone, converters (especially WFCO) will shut down to protect themselves. WFCO converters are also known for blowing either the battery or the reverse polarity fuse in this situation (mine did).

Replace the battery and learn your lesson. Disconnect the battery whenever the camper is not in use or plugged in to prevent parasite drains. Or install a disconnect to do it with a switch. Below is a photo of the marine disconnect switch I installed on my A-frame (about $25 on Amazon).

Fred W
2014 Rockwood A122 A-frame
2008 Hyundai Entourage minivan
camping Colorado and adjacent states one weekend at a time
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	battery cutoff switch 23Apr2016.jpg
Views:	20
Size:	55.2 KB
ID:	118577  
pgandw is offline   Reply With Quote

2014, 210, forest river, power

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:14 AM.