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Old 06-23-2013, 08:55 AM   #1
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HELP!!! house batteries not charging

This is a real time issues (6-22-13 @ 0745). I'm on my maiden voyage (2007 Allegro Open Bay 35 TSA) and discovered my house batteries are not charging, even though I'm connected to shore power. I may not have enough power to close the slides or retract the levelers. Anyone know they likely cause.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:09 AM   #2
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Start checking fuses. Start with the ones right in the converter that actually charges the the batteries.

Check your salesman switch. Cycle it a few times and listen for a click ( clunk) that indicates something is happening.

Are the 110 plugs in the rig working?

Check for power at the pedestal where you are plugged in.

Start with the simple things first.

You should have enough power with engine running to draw in slides. What's happening when the generator is running?

Good luck
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:16 AM   #3
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Start checking fuses. Start with the ones right in the converter that actually charges the the batteries.

Check your salesman switch. Cycle it a few times and listen for a click ( clunk) that indicates something is happening.

Are the 110 plugs in the rig working?

Check for power at the pedestal where you are plugged in.

Start with the simple things first.

You should have enough power with engine running to draw in slides. What's happening when the generator is running?

Good luck
I have power at the pedestal power(according to my brand new Progressive Industries 50 amp ems)' the 110 plugs are working. What is the "salesmanship switch" it's location and how do I check it?

And thanks for you quick reply!
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:22 AM   #4
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It may be labeled "battery disconnect"...my switch is next to the side entry door. Also click the "emergency start" switch AT THE DASH a few times. Find a voltmeter too. It sounds like you're in a campground...ask around for help. Lotsa people jus' waitin' to help someone out. I carry a voltmeter alla time.
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"Dwhit", thanks for your help. I was able to get the slides and jacks to retract once the coach was running. I checked the converter and there is power the the ac plug. Now that I'm home I can get my tools and do a test of all the fuses and relays. Interestingly enough, the house batteries charged on the way home. Hopefully its a fuse and not the converter. Good thing I got the extender warranty.

Again, I really appreciate your quick response!
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Glad you made it home!
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Hey. Quick question... In my previous rv (class c fleetwood) whenever I plugged into a pedestal or ran the genny the converter would automatically start to charge the house batteries. I'm guessing the same holds true for my current coach (2007 Open Bay 35 TSA)?
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If everything is working correctly, then yes the coach batteries are charged when plugged in to shore power or the generator, (both use the convertor) and the alternator when the engine is running.
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I found the culprit... Two resistors on the converter board overheated and came loose from the pc board. You can actually see the discoloration at the soldered connections. I have an appt to have it serviced from the dealer I purchased it from under warranty. However, that's not until July 12th and I'll be using the coach before then. So I'm purchasing another one to use until they fix the old one. Then I'll either keep the one I bought as a back up or sell it on eBay. Thanks for all your responses. One of the reasons I bought the Tiffin was because of all the good reports I heard about factory help. I never knew the Tiffin community was so helpful and informed. Thanks, again!
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I replaced the converter today and everything works like it should. But, I got to thinking...the fan on the converter pushes air through the unit to keep it cool. However, the air inside the insulated compartment doesn't seem to have any outside ventilation. Has anyone created exterior airflow for the converter compartment or figured out how to lower the air temp?
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I replaced the converter today and everything works like it should. But, I got to thinking...the fan on the converter pushes air through the unit to keep it cool. However, the air inside the insulated compartment doesn't seem to have any outside ventilation. Has anyone created exterior airflow for the converter compartment or figured out how to lower the air temp?
We have the same condition in our Dutch Star. In 11 years it's never been a problem although I can see how it might be. I've thought about boring a large hole and adding a pancake fan but have not done it and may not.
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We have the same condition in our Dutch Star. In 11 years it's never been a problem although I can see how it might be. I've thought about boring a large hole and adding a pancake fan but have not done it and may not.
My inverter/converter is in compartment that crosses over to the other side where the LP tank is located (bottom is open) ... don't know if the designer actually thought about it or whether it was just another "hey ... there's an empty spot".
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