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Old 02-14-2014, 07:18 AM   #99
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Safe and sound in GA! But we're still battling battery/heat problems. How can our house batteries be draining when we're plugged into 50amp?! Even with generator on I'm watching the house battery voltage dropping by the second. We had to start the engine to keep the batteries from draining any further. Technician is coming out this afternoon but since this will be our first day not moving (hence engine running) are we going to have to sit here with the engine running til he comes?
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:38 AM   #100
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If your batteries are not charging while plugged in, it sounds like your charger is not functioning properly. While plugged in to 50 amp there should be no problem keeping the house batteries up. Do the batteries also drain while the generator is running? Hopefully the tech can find and resolve the problem quickly for you.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:57 AM   #101
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Safe and sound in GA! But we're still battling battery/heat problems. How can our house batteries be draining when we're plugged into 50amp?! Even with generator on I'm watching the house battery voltage dropping by the second. We had to start the engine to keep the batteries from draining any further. Technician is coming out this afternoon but since this will be our first day not moving (hence engine running) are we going to have to sit here with the engine running til he comes?
Most likely a simple problem with your converter/charger or inverter/charger, breaker tripped maybe, but whatever, I wouldn't be depending on those batteries or genset autostart. Besides do you or others near you, want the genset starting up at all hours of the night? Will batteries always last as some claim, no matter what you've been using them for all day and up until bedtime?
Again, look into a safe gas type radiant heater and for a backup, if nothing else.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:57 AM   #102
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Safe and sound in GA! But we're still battling battery/heat problems. How can our house batteries be draining when we're plugged into 50amp?! Even with generator on I'm watching the house battery voltage dropping by the second. We had to start the engine to keep the batteries from draining any further. Technician is coming out this afternoon but since this will be our first day not moving (hence engine running) are we going to have to sit here with the engine running til he comes?
Oh, that is odd. It sounds like the converter is dead or not getting power. Look in your 120v breaker box for any tripped breakers or off breakers. If you know where your power converter is, make sure it is still plugged in. Otherwise, the tech should be able to sort that out pretty quickly.
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Not knowing what model inverter/charger you have, but on most of the inverter/charges there is a push button circuit breaker on the front of the inverter. If the inverter was working overtime that breaker may have tripped. Push it in and see.
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Safe and sound in GA! But we're still battling battery/heat problems. How can our house batteries be draining when we're plugged into 50amp?! Even with generator on I'm watching the house battery voltage dropping by the second. We had to start the engine to keep the batteries from draining any further. Technician is coming out this afternoon but since this will be our first day not moving (hence engine running) are we going to have to sit here with the engine running til he comes?
Could be a faulty transfer switch seeing as both shore power and gen power go through the transfer switch before the 120 gets to your converter.
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I had the same problem 1st time out in our MH. Batteries would only charge when the engine was running. Turned out that the inverter/charger went bad. I carry a 100 amp battery charger now as another part of my onboard tool set.
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Could be a faulty transfer switch seeing as both shore power and gen power go through the transfer switch before the 120 gets to your converter.
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As someone said. Check the Breakers but include checking ALL connections and switches that might engage the inverter/charger. I presume you have 120Vac in the coach with shore power on, is this correct?

If you have a voltmeter I suggest checking voltage in and out of the charger. 120Vac in and about 13.5-14Vdc out. It sounds like you are not getting that output right now but have not traced the reason for this. These units do have switches and breakers on them plus there is likely a breaker at the AC panel. I would do those checks with the engine off so you do not misread the alternater voltage as being your charger output voltage.

Getting electric 120Vac heaters or a supplemental gas backup heater is a good idea in any case. (Usually need to ventalate gas heaters)

Good luck.
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First make sure you are getting proper indications at your Inteletek Energy Management display (50 amp service on shore power).
Your operators manual says you have a 2000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter and a 120AC/12VDC Converter. Typically they bundle this in to a Inverter/Charger but they may not have in a 2008 Fleetwood Excursion 40X. Though with that high end model RV I would have thought they would. Check your inverter manual (mfg & model?) and see if they talk to charger setup. Being a Fleetwood product, I believe you should have a battery control center (BCC) up under the front hood. You may have a blown fuse in the BCC. Like others said, make sure your Coach battery Disconnect switch is ON.

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I can relate to this storm dumped 2 inches of ice and shut us down in Louisiana and ended up heading north to Little Rock on two lane roads. One thing I can say is snow might come off the top of your slider topper but not ice. Thanks to my son he removed the ice and we could retract our slides.
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Give us an update after the tech hopefully fixes the problem. Converter/charger are known to malfunction even on new units. At least your around the big winter storm.
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Lucky you got past PA turnpike when you did. There was a approx. 100 car, truck pile up on the TP this morning between NE extension and Jersey. five miles of accidents!
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Ya I hate the PA Pike...too hilly and narrow. When the OP said they missed I-80 and were thinking about doing the PA. Turnpike I was hoping they stayed ahead of the snow...I'm so glad they made it to Columbus and Cinci. I just can't imagine traveling in a RV in snow & ice on that road. That was why I thought the best plan was to go west not south.
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