Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class B Motorhome Discussions
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-11-2011, 12:15 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 2
Converter problem?

we now own a 27 forest river, lexington, and all was well until yesterday when the low voltage light came on, the panel showed 1/3 charge to the batteries,( all of this happening while it was plugged in), so today we replaced he 2 batteries, and he battery man said the converter was not charging enough, so we took to a RV dealer for a 'check out'. Is it better to keep the unit "on" or not? and do converters just pick a day to go out? Also, while at the battery shop we tried to start the generator and it sounded like it wanted to, but would not start. Ideas?

shammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-11-2011, 12:48 PM   #2
Senior Member
jfran304's Avatar
Tiffin Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Warner Robins, GA
Posts: 2,118
When you attempted to start your generator how much fuel did you have in your tank? If the fuel level was too low it won't start.


Jon & Sue Francis (Retired U.S.A.F.)
Lil Girl-Rescued, Abby Rescued, Peaches Rescued
06 Allegro 35TSA Workhorse Chassis
2013 Chevy Spark Dinghy
jfran304 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2011, 12:59 PM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
RustyJC's Avatar

Texas Boomers Club
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Cypress, Texas USA
Posts: 8,851
First, since this is your post #1,

If your RV has a single output "dumb" converter, it can overcharge the batteries and boil them dry in a matter of a few days or weeks at most if left plugged in continuously.

On the other hand, if you have a multistage output "smart" converter such as the Progressive Dynamics 91XX series with Charge Wizard or 92XX series (XX = output amperage rating), the converter will taper off the charging voltage as the batteries recharge. With the PD9180 converter and Charge Wizard, we leave our 5th wheel plugged in 24/7 while it's in storage and only have to add water to the batteries perhaps twice a year, even in the SE Texas heat.

It sounds like your converter has packed it in. If the service facility verifies that, here's your opportunity to upgrade to a "smart" converter as a replacement. It's well worth it!!

And, yes, converters can quit any time, usually at the most inopportune times. Our first converter failure was in the Gatlinburg, TN area in late October 1996 with nighttime temperatures in the low 40s. The tipoff was when the furnace quit running in the middle of the night when the coach batteries discharged!!

2016 Ram Longhorn 3500 Dually 4x4 CCLB, 385/900 Cummins, Aisin AS69RC, 4.10
2014.5 DRV Mobile Suites 38RSSA #6972
Come join us on a TEXAS BOOMERS rally!
RustyJC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2011, 07:24 AM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 2
that is one thing I did think of, the tank is3/4
shammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2011, 09:10 AM   #5
Senior Member
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 21,176
What converter do you have? A very popular uint, not all that long ago, Was the Magnetek 6300,, This is a combined unit, it is a single assembly that contains the main breaker box, the main fuse panel and the converter all in one.

It's also junk.

If that's what you have, or one like it,, I would recommend you visit http://www.bestconverter.com and check out upgrades.. I like the Progressive Dynamics 9200 or 9100 with optional Chrge Wizard. Xantrex True Charge also gets good reviews.
Home is where I park it!
wa8yxm is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hazard Flasher Problem Ms. Jean Thor Industries Owner's Forum 17 08-28-2014 04:54 PM
Replacing 12 volt Converter and Battery Charger DriVer RV Systems & Appliances 13 08-22-2011 10:32 AM
Converter Problem txdad Travel Trailer Discussion 8 05-10-2010 05:04 PM
Yet another defective tail light converter???? smlranger Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 5 03-09-2007 05:08 AM
5th Wheel TV Voltage Problem At Battery Connections Eating My Lunch rwjejts 5th Wheel Discussion 9 06-28-2005 05:25 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:21 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.