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Old 05-29-2009, 12:20 PM   #1
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95 Fleetwood Coranado INVERTER help needed

Can someone tell me where it is located?? The generator or the 110 plug in power does not charge up our 2-6volt batteries. Someone told me maybe it is a inverter problem. It was working fine when we put it away for the winter.
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I'm not familliar with the Coronado but I suspect that you probably have a 'converter' not an 'inverter'. If it's like our PaceArrow, I believe it's under the refrigerator.
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It could be the converter, but seems unlikely if it was powered off over the winter. Have you checked the batteries themselves? They may be low on water and unable to take a charge. Corrosion on the battery terminals can also do it.
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Thank you for your reply's. We did find it under the fridge. Very hard to get to. There were 2 30 amp fuses blown, so we replaced them. Also the batteries ( 2-6 volts) were low on water. We put distilled water in them. Thought all was well, but the batteries still went dead even just having the fridge on. We would charge the batteries and they would be dead by the next morning. I thought the converter/inverter? would charge while driving??? but it doesn't seem to. When we put the generator on the volts did go up. We are going to replace the batteries, as they are 5 years old. What is the difference between a inverter and a converter? Would there be something else to check besides replacing the 2 30 amp fuses??? Thanks for all your help
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An inverter makes 120vac from battery (12v) while a converter is just the opposite, making 12vdc from 120vac. Where it gets confusing is that some inverters also have a converter function, so that it can actually do both things as needed.

Your converter doesn't charge while you drive because there is no 120vac power to operate it (unless you have the generator on). However, your engine alternator may be wired to charge the house batteries while driving. Typically in a Fleetwood product this is true, so you may have something wrong in that system.
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Thanks Gary, I am going to go buy new batteries, and see if that is the problem. We have 2-6 volt batteries. I saw that people are buying the Kirkland deep cycle 12 volt from Costco. Do you think 2 -6 volt or 2 -12 volt are better. What is your opinion?
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If the 6V's are golf cart batteries, they are a probably a better choice. The Interstate U2200 is a good quality deep cycle with a proven record. However, I hear it said that the Kirklands are made by Johnson Controls and they make a pretty good deep cycle too.
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I went to Costco and picked up 2 12 volt Kirkland (845 amp) but they are to big for the engine battery tray. They did have golf cart batteries, so I will take your advice and get 2 -6 volt golf cart ones. In speaking with fleetwood today they told me that the Alternator first charges the motor battery and then trickles to the house batteries. And to check the selinoide for the battery in the control black box on the firewall. Then I spoke to a RV place and they said I had most likely a draw on something. I don't really think either knew to much. We are going away for the weekend and will make sure we run our generator more so to charge the house batteries that I have. The bad part is, if they go dead I can't start the generator. We are going to take a spare generator with us just in case. I'll let you know about the golf cart batteries.
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