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Old 10-13-2011, 05:15 PM   #1
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Electrical Problem in 2001 Bounder

I'm currently helping a wheelchair bound friend maintain and store his 2001 Bounder. Recently he loaned it to a friend, only to have it returned with electrical issues. When I plugged the shoreline in I found that I have no power to the ceiling lights. I first thought it was the circuit was blown or the converter went bad. I checked the circuits and none of them were blown. The converter has power and has a output of 13.8 volts. All of the outlets work. TV, vcr and dvr player also has power. The refrigerator does not, microwave does. The refrigerator does work with the generator. Everything works with the generator. The lights on the ceiling do turn on when the battery switches are on. In past I'm pretty sure I've used everything in the coach when I was plugged in with the shoreline without having the batteries on. I called a local dealership and the service person told me the battery switches have to on even if I'm plugged in. Some additional info the guy who borrowed the coach said after being plugged in with the battery switches on the CO alarm sounded for low battery and he couldn't start the coach. He then had to jump it to get it started. I guess my question is do I need to have the battery switches on to power everything when it's plugged in and if so what does the converter power? Sorry so wordy.

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Old 10-13-2011, 05:30 PM   #2
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Your batteries are the main source of DC power in the coach. Your lights especially operate off DC so the switch must be on. Your converter is basically a battery charger.

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