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Old 04-08-2012, 07:56 AM   #15
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You did not answer the question as to the make of your converter. If the converter is part of the fuse panel, there are two 30 or 40 amp juses in the panel that are there for reverse polarity. If they are blown the convert will not charge the battery or supply power to the camper. If you have a stand alone converter there are usually two fuse on the convert that could be blown. Check these fuses. If they are blown, disconnect from shore power and replace both of them, then restore shore power.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:54 PM   #16
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Unless you have an AGM or gel battery, you should ALWAYS check the electrolyte levels of a don't-know-why-its-dead battery before charging it.

The water should be at least 1/4" above the top of the plates.

Close, Close, Instead of "AGM or Gel" you should have said "Maintenance Free" of which both AGM and Gel are sub-sets.

Folks forget that there is a difference.

For RV use the only significant difference is that non-AGM/Gel must be mounted "This side up".. Oh, and they cost a bunch less.
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Close, Close, Instead of "AGM or Gel" you should have said "Maintenance Free" of which both AGM and Gel are sub-sets.

Folks forget that there is a difference.

For RV use the only significant difference is that non-AGM/Gel must be mounted "This side up".. Oh, and they cost a bunch less.
Folks say that a layer of mineral oil will turn an ordinary flooded-cell battery into a maintenance-free battery
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The electrolyte levels are good.

My big question is how do you test the battery properly. I want to know if it is the battery before I hunt out the converter. Taken battery to autozone but all they do is charge it and say it takes charge (which I already know). What I want to know is if it is not really holding the charge properly/dying quickly or if its another problem. Any suggestions?
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The electrolyte levels are good.

My big question is how do you test the battery properly. I want to know if it is the battery before I hunt out the converter. Taken battery to autozone but all they do is charge it and say it takes charge (which I already know). What I want to know is if it is not really holding the charge properly/dying quickly or if its another problem. Any suggestions?
They should be doing a "load test" on the battery. You might call around and see who can do one (apparently your local Autozone cannot).

A battery retailer like Interstate should be able to do one, or you can buy a load tester from Harbor Freight or somewhere similar.

You say the water levels are good. Have you checked specific gravity or DC voltage?
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