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Old 01-20-2016, 09:07 AM   #15
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Ok, batteries for RV's. This is Generic..
There really are only a few battery manufacturers.. Now I'm currently trying DEKA, which is made in the USA from USA refined raw materials. Most other brands are imported lead if nothing else. So far very happy (About 18 months) My Interstates (OEM) lasted 9 years. TROJAN is considered to be the best by most (Also most expensive) short of some botique brands I can't list.. NOTE These are all flooded wet cell batteries.. NOT sealed valve regulated (Maintence Free) types.

Now. Batteries
You can get GC-2 Six volt, you put them in in pairs, in series so they become one BIG 12 volt battery in effect (To be specific a 4D) Treat each pair exactly as though they were a single 12 volt. These are TRUE deep cycle batteries, can be run down to half full before damage sets in big time And I highly recommend them. 220 amp hours per pair, give or take 10 amp hours, Mine are 230. (interstats were 215)

Or you can get 12 volt MARINE/deep cycle.. Not nearly as good First you can't run them down that far without damage, perhaps 3/4 full so you get far less USABLE power

Group 24 73 amp hours each
Group 29, around 105
Group 27 around 95
Group 31, 130
4D or 8D 220 give or take 10

The "Group" Sizes will normally be MARINE/deep cycle and can be found in both flooded wet and Sealed Valve Regulated (Maintence Free) types.

The "D" sizes can be found in anything. (Starting, Marine, Marine/Deep cycle, or Deep Cycle) but are very expensive, large, and heavy.
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Well I am plugged into power but even so that doesn't seem to help with the dimming of all my lights etc.
While plugged in, the lights should not dim. You need a volt meter and tell us what it reads at the battery. Sounds to me like the converter is not working properly. If that is the case, no battery will help you.
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I have been trying to find the converter. I will try to remember to take a photo tonight. Whatever the problem is when I have been home for a while using the lights and try to turn the fan or furnace on nothing works so I have to shut all the breakers off (nothing has tripped) then once I turn them back on it works again. It is very confusing...
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I have to shut all the breakers off (nothing has tripped) then once I turn them back on it works again.
Sounds like a breaker tripped, they only move a small amount, not all the way to the off position. Do one at a time to see which one makes it work.
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But it didn't trip. Nothing else hooked to any of them went off.
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But it didn't trip. Nothing else hooked to any of them went off.
You said that if you turn them off and then back on, things work. That is a sure sign of a breaker tripping. In your case, I am thinking that the breaker that powers the converter is tripping. If that is the case, the 110 volt stuff will work, but the 12 volt will not. If the converter is going off, you need to find out why, possibly bad converter, or overloaded by a short or an extremely bad battery. Disconnect the battery and see what happens.
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So disconnect the battery but leave the camper plugged into power?
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So disconnect the battery but leave the camper plugged into power?
Yes, as a test. If things stay on, your battery may be overloading your converter.
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ok so in that case i would need a new converter then?! Not trying to sound stupid just don't want to mess anything up
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ok so in that case i would need a new converter then?! Not trying to sound stupid just don't want to mess anything up
No, your battery could be shot.

Take it to an auto zone or somthing and let them test it.

Has it ever froze? That kills them fast.
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Ok so one more stupid question. Can the camper run without the battery? I live in my camper and the closest place to take it to get tested is 30-40 minutes away. Yes in the last couple weeks we have had nights in the 20s
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Yes it can, just tape up the positive cable end so it don't short.
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Wonderful. Thank you very much!
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Did you find your converter? Mine is behind the fuse/breaker panel and under the kitchen counter.

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