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Old 02-14-2014, 07:47 PM   #113
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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?
We are getting ready to head to florida in a couple days. Have been watching this post knowing we are planning on taking the same route!
We had the same issue yesterday with a charging problem. No charge at all when on shore power or on generator. It was a bad converter. Had a new one installed.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:28 PM   #114
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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.
Did you spend the night in Arkansas. The weather today was beautiful. Depending on where you are staying and if you are in little rock you might want to check out Maumelle Park. It is a corps of engineers park so does not have on site dumping but does have two easily accessible dump stations. Is a nice park.
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Hopefully he will post what the problem is. I am wondering if he has a battery problem. I realize they are new but they were discharged down low enough not to power the coach and the temp was below zero. If he had a battery cell short because of what happened a shorted cell would cause this problem.
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:33 PM   #116
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Not sure if the tech has been there - but check your grounds at the frame to make sure they are clean and have good contact. Dirty ground cables hooked to the frame cause unusual intermitant problems.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:41 AM   #117
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Not sure if the tech has been there - but check your grounds at the frame to make sure they are clean and have good contact. Dirty ground cables hooked to the frame cause unusual intermitant problems.
The grounds are definitely not great but the techs took note and didn't seem to think that was it. They were here for quite some time checking and rechecking voltage at different points, calling out for other opinions, etc. Although they were wishing otherwise, (and I'm usually pretty cynical) they believe it is the inverter/converter. :(
One thing they were shaking their heads about was the prices we told them for some of the services we had performed at the rv place in MA.
The water problem was because the filter housing (and probably the line from tank to pump) froze up. The filter housing actually broke. They put a bypass line in for now and it's all good.
They'll be back today with the new inverter.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:23 AM   #118
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Boy' you're not having much luck. Hope once it's installed you can at least try to start enjoying your trip. Good luck again and hope all works out.
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The inverter/converter they are bringing, is it a better one? or just the same as you have now.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:24 PM   #120
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Put a voltmeter on the output terminals of your battery charger while you are plugged in. If there is nothing there, it COULD mean the charger is kaput. More likely there is either a blown fuse in the charger or a bad AC connection to the charger or a tripper or turned off switch or circuit breaker to the charger.

If there IS voltage at the charger terminals...then the problem MUST be in the wiring to the batteries...or an in line fuse or breaker between the charger and the Batts.

If you check all that stuff without result...THEN you have a bad charger.
You might want to buy a spare PORTABLE charger and just plug it in to a wall socket and attach it to the batts. Better than running the engine all day....and cheaper!
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This has been an interesting post. I have seen people chastise someone they do not know for not achieving what they considered adequate knowledge of his coach. I have seen people give good advice on how to reroute to avoid a major storm. I have seen the original poster learn some important new things about boondocking in temps below 0. What have we all learned. We have learned that if you have auto start on your generator it does not work unless you set it up and if you are in below zero temps you really need to set it up. If you are boondocking at below zero temps do not trust your batteries to last all night ( DID anyone mention that cold temps diminish a batteries storage capacity) We learned that if your batteries power drops too low then your furnace cuts off and stuff in your wet bay freezes and breaks. We learned that the OP is lucky in some aspects. I was amazed that his coach started in -4 degree temps. Mine has to have the engine block heater run for a few hours to start when it is that cold. The important thing about these lessons are that no one was injured or sick from this. Monetary loss over the problems with the cold is probably going to be the cost of a new filter and some pex tubing ( I would get the new filter from lowes that way you can always find the filter element for it)


It sounds like the repair guys did a lot of checking it could be that the charger just decided to bite the dust that happens. It will be interesting to see if that actually fixes it.
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Had similar trip as yours years ago but with a new to us 5th wheel, we called it the "The trip from hell" because of all the things that broke and had to get fixed...You just have laugh and learn and you will be better prepared next time....P.S I carry a lot of tools now and even a battery charger just in case.....lol....
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The grounds are definitely not great but the techs took note and didn't seem to think that was it. They were here for quite some time checking and rechecking voltage at different points, calling out for other opinions, etc. Although they were wishing otherwise, (and I'm usually pretty cynical) they believe it is the inverter/converter. :(
One thing they were shaking their heads about was the prices we told them for some of the services we had performed at the rv place in MA.
The water problem was because the filter housing (and probably the line from tank to pump) froze up. The filter housing actually broke. They put a bypass line in for now and it's all good.
They'll be back today with the new inverter.
Nobody said owning an rv was cheap!!
I hope everything gets fixed and it will be smooth sailing from this point forward! Keep us updated.
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Good luck getting everything worked out, hopefully you can enjoy the rest of the trip.
This has been a winter for us all to remember.
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While waiting for the new inverter, the techs bought over a battery charger and hooked it up. That doesn't even seem to be charging the batteries fast enough to keep up with whatever is draining them. (This is without the heat on or lights on) Thye're baffled by what could be draining the batteries so quickly, though they still believe that the inverter is bad based on their testing. They've been hooking up the voltmeter to everything, and are also questioning whether the new batteries were wired correctly.
They don't make the inverter/converter that we have (Magnum 2000) so they're putting in a Magnum 2013.
Any ideas? I know these guys are attacking it form every angle and calling in for other's opinions, but any new ideas could be helpful!
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If they have the right equipment they should be able to measure the amperage draw with a meter to see exactly how much is being used. Then start pulling fuses until the draw goes away. Now you've found the culprit.

If the load is that great that the batteries cannot be charged, then even using a volt meter you should see a spike when the drain is eliminated.
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