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Old 06-27-2018, 12:20 PM   #1
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Battery Charging or Lack of

Once again have e 2018 Puma 351THSS and seems like the battery never gets charged. If I look at the control panel it says full charge but when disconnected from the truck I have no lights and can't lift or lower front or back jacks. On the power panel I can change the mode of the charging but that seems to make no difference. Anyone have a clue what might be going on? Thanks
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Old 06-27-2018, 12:22 PM   #2
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Is the AC breaker for your converter turned on?
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Might be a stupid question but cover the obvious first. What are you using to charge the battery? Do you know that the battery is good?
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Old 06-27-2018, 12:31 PM   #4
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Is the battery disconnect switch in the in use position.
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Is the battery disconnect switch in the in use position.
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Old 06-27-2018, 12:34 PM   #6
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Battery Charging or Lack of

If you’re hooked up to campground power, the control panel will appear to show full charge on the battery even if the battery is stone cold dead. 4 lights simply mean a battery charge is being attempted from a campground power source. If you’re hooked to external power, unplug and check those control panel lights. It’s best to use an external meter.


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Old 06-27-2018, 12:58 PM   #7
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Thanks Guys! Here goes... The Breaker is turned on to the converter. I can change the mode on the converter but makes no difference. I only assume that the battery is good since it's a 2018 camper but I guess that really doesn't mean much. I did install a shutoff switch on the battery and it functions correctly. I can't really say in all honesty if I checked the panel when off 120VAC but once again I believe I did. I will double check later and report back. Thanks again.
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What are the options for changing MODE on the converter. I’m not familiar with that.
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Old 06-27-2018, 01:03 PM   #9
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Did you check if there's a 12v circuit breaker or fuse that tripped on the main line from the battery?

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Either turn the converter circuit breaker OFF or pull the shore power plug.

Check the 12 V terminals at the converter (the + and - terminals are usually visible next to the row of fuses when access cover is open).

If you don't have 12 V (or more) at these terminals you have one of the following three problems:

Main battery switch OFF

Circuit Breaker inline with battery tripped (open)

Wires connecting battery to trailer (+ to junction box where tow vehicle cable connects or ground to frame) are disconnected.

Being as it's a new unit, consider checking the reverse polarity fuses on the converter first. It's seriously time for the RV industry to go back to using batteries with the automotive type posts. Positive and Negative posts on automotive batteries are different sizes and it becomes real obvious you have the wrong terminal on the wrong post when you connect the FIRST one. That prevents a huge number of reverse connections right there.
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