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Old 08-02-2020, 05:20 AM   #1
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My 3rd converter had stop charging again

Hello All,
My apologies 1st for the mistake in my writing.

I got a Palomino Solaire 147x...
Came with WFCO 8900 I believe.
I do travel a lot.

In the past 4 years, I change the converter 3 times.
Im now with a Dynamic Progressive to replace the WFCO.
It does work great for almost a year.

Then suddenly, it stop charging the battery Wich is one or two year as well.

Theres no bad fuses. Just no charge to battery. I have to charge it with another charger.

I don't even know what's part of the converter stop working.

I don't even know if someone else had that issue before? A short while moving Wich explain the intermittent problem?

Any help will be great.

Thanks
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Old 08-02-2020, 07:07 AM   #2
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Something sure sounds strange about going thru that man converters. You mention only the batteries do you still have 12V to the lights? Use a multimeter and check the output of the converter
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Old 08-02-2020, 07:31 AM   #3
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Since 1984 I've never replaced a Converter. I've had batteries stop charging, but turned out to be the battery went bad.
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Old 08-02-2020, 07:42 AM   #4
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You'll need to give us more information.
What are your batteries?
How old are they?
What is their state of charge?
Do you always use shore power?
Do you use a generator?
Do you have solar?

As mentioned, it seems odd you have had to replace this many converters and especially two different brands.

Did you ever check the protection fuses before replacing the converter?
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Old 08-02-2020, 12:42 PM   #5
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That does seem odd. Have you check or change the battery cables .They can be corroded not letting any charge to the battery.They probably a short somewhere in the camper. When you find out let us know. Thanks
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Old 08-02-2020, 01:12 PM   #6
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My 3rd converter had stop charging again

I got a couple of questions.

Do you keep it plugged up?
Have you checked the batteries?
Do you store stuff in front of the converter?
Do you have any/many 12V items in service?

Most importantly... call progressive and talk to them.
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Old 08-02-2020, 09:30 PM   #7
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I thought my converter went bad this march so I bought a battery charger to keep the batteries charged it turned out that the fuses were loose all I did was pinch the fuse bars a little. My Cedar Creek is 6 years old and this is the first time that this happened.
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:46 AM   #8
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Donít keep your RV plugged in to maintain battery charge

I had a similar converter problem with my previous 5th wheel. Since I was able to keep that RV stored on my own property, so I kept it plugged into power 24/7. Well after about a year or more, the converter failed & stopped charging. After the manufacturer replaced it (even though it was just barely out of warranty), I still kept it plugged into power until that one failed. Then I bought another brand of converter, upsized it to the next power output model. After that, I installed a small solar battery trickle charger on top of my propane tank cover just to maintain charge when stored (no more keeping it plugged into power 24/7) and years have passed with no further problems. Iím just thinking that most OE converters are not designed for 24/7/365 use.
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I had a similar converter problem with my previous 5th wheel. Since I was able to keep that RV stored on my own property, so I kept it plugged into power 24/7. Well after about a year or more, the converter failed & stopped charging. After the manufacturer replaced it (even though it was just barely out of warranty), I still kept it plugged into power until that one failed. Then I bought another brand of converter, upsized it to the next power output model. After that, I installed a small solar battery trickle charger on top of my propane tank cover just to maintain charge when stored (no more keeping it plugged into power 24/7) and years have passed with no further problems. Iím just thinking that most OE converters are not designed for 24/7/365 use.
I had one that was plugged in for 22 years, unplugged only when on the highway. Current one has been plugged in for over 3 years, again only unolugged when actually traveling.

In my view an RV converter is no different than most household devices that are left plugged in 24/7/365 like refrigerator, TV, Stereo's. etc.
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