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Old 10-12-2014, 10:04 PM   #1
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New (to us) 2007 Palomino 280 with converter issues

Hello all!

We just traded up (ok, maybe a little down ) from a 28' TT to this adorable 2007 Palomino pup.

This is our 3rd camper so we're certainly not new to the hidden do's and don't's of camper camping. We've encountered just about every scenario that can come up with plumbing, electrical, structural, yada yada yada....

But... We cannot get the pup's Elixir converter to charge the aux battery. We've had it plugged in to our house's 110 for near 24 hours and still no charge is showing on the battery. We checked the cables and no charge is physically coming out of the converter, either. Our TT(s) converters would charge a battery in 12 hours or less so this is new to us.

You turn on (1) 12V light (say, the porch light), nothing else, and BEEEP! The converter chirps to let us know the power draw is too high.... This prompted us to check the battery's charge and sure enough it isn't recharging.....

We are thinking the battery has reached a point of 'deadness' that the converter cannot recharge; we'll need to connect a charger to it, get it charged up, THEN the converter can maintain the charge going forward.

Accurate? WAY off base?

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Old 10-13-2014, 08:00 PM   #2
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Although you might not realize it , but you asnwered your own question ...

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We checked the cables and no charge is physically coming out of the converter, either
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You turn on (1) 12V light (say, the porch light), nothing else, and BEEEP! The converter chirps to let us know the power draw is too high....
Doesn't sound like a battery problem at all .. sounds more like your convertor took the mega trip and went up to electronics heaven where all good worn out electronics go ...

Oh .. BTW ... glad you came back to Earth and got a PUP ...
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:14 PM   #3
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Well crap..... Guess I better get to pricing that...
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply BTW!!!
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:51 PM   #5
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New (to us) 2007 Palomino 280 with converter issues

You'll probably want to get a Progressive Dynamics. It seems to be the converter of choice. Don't be afraid to get get additional power while you upgrade.
The install is a piece of cake if you're even the slightest bit mechanically inclined.



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Old 10-14-2014, 07:18 AM   #6
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I did notice last night that Elixir appears to be not available anymore, so I'll look into Progressive. Our other campers had WFCO, any thoughts on them??
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I did notice last night that Elixir appears to be not available anymore, so I'll look into Progressive. Our other campers had WFCO, any thoughts on them??
stay away from wfco!

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I did notice last night that Elixir appears to be not available anymore, so I'll look into Progressive. Our other campers had WFCO, any thoughts on them??

My 5r also came with a WFCO and it lasted about a year. Most opinions here seem to state they are junk. Their reviews are also not very good. I like the external monitor. I have next to my EMS monitor in the entry closet.

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So, we now have a situational question here... The previous owner's wife made a comment that now seems VERY important. Her words: 'the light above the table needs a new bulb. We plugged it into the wrong plug at the camp ground and that bulb blew.'

Theoretically - could they have plugged into a site's 220 with their 30 amp/120v plug?!?! And blown the converter in the process? I don't see how they could've even forced the male end of the pup's cord into the female 220 at the campsite but heck, wouldn't be shocked. Our thought was they had a 6v bulb in the outlet and when it was hit with 12v it caused the 'blow' (as she describes it). For the record - A/C, fans, fridge, will all work off 110/30amp house power, so not concerned they are fried.
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So, we now have a situational question here... The previous owner's wife made a comment that now seems VERY important. Her words: 'the light above the table needs a new bulb. We plugged it into the wrong plug at the camp ground and that bulb blew.'

Theoretically - could they have plugged into a site's 220 with their 30 amp/120v plug?!?! And blown the converter in the process? I don't see how they could've even forced the male end of the pup's cord into the female 220 at the campsite but heck, wouldn't be shocked. Our thought was they had a 6v bulb in the outlet and when it was hit with 12v it caused the 'blow' (as she describes it). For the record - A/C, fans, fridge, will all work off 110/30amp house power, so not concerned they are fried.
Albeit it's just possible that the converter is gone.
If you've tested it per elixirs troubleshooting guide and it's shown to be no good then by all means get a progressive dynamics replacement and enjoy any camping time left !



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