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Old 06-26-2015, 08:38 AM   #15
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How does this get charged?
Off the RV as I drive?
Off the power from plugging in?
Can I use the electrical outlets when driving to power a stereo or small slo-cooker?
The primary charging method is from shore power when you plug in. The trailer has a converter/charger that makes 12v from 120v shore power and uses it to supply the house 12v needs and charge the battery.
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When driving you have no source of 120v power for the outlets, so no joy there. You could add an inverter to make 120v from battery power, but your single small battery is inadequate to do much anyway.

You should have a 12v power connection between the tow vehicle and the trailer and that may provide some modest amount of trailer battery charging while driving.
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Thanks for the information. I have a folder from the previous owners and in it there is a 'power converter' folder. It seems that this RV came with a MagneTek 7300 series. Is this an 'Inverter'?

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....It seems that this RV came with a MagneTek 7300 series. Is this an 'Inverter'?

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Nope. The Magnetek 7300 is strictly a converter. It takes 120 VAC power from shore power or a generator, and turns it into 13.6 volts DC.
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Chboone has posted the comment that Walmart does not sell true Deep Cell 12 volt batteries....this is incomplete information...Walmart sells two different classes of Deep Cell batteries....one is a "maintainance free" marine deep cell and this is not a true deep cell....however....they also sell a regular deep cell battery that requires that fluids be checked and distilled water added as required...this one is a true deep cell battery. The batteries being sold at Walmart are made by Interstate Battery.
Anytime you seek a deep cell battery for your RV make sure you can check fluid levels and add distilled water as required. Another option (but hard to find) is a deep cell AGM type battery....they do cost more...fluid is contained in saturated glass fiber matting between the lead plates. These are said to be better and have a longer service life....they jury is still out on these AGM units.

If anyone has more information on the AGM type deep cell batteries and where they can be purchased please share your information. It is always a battle to keep the power level up and running for us boondock campers!
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Chboone has posted the comment that Walmart does not sell true Deep Cell 12 volt batteries....this is incomplete information...Walmart sells two different classes of Deep Cell batteries....one is a "maintainance free" marine deep cell and this is not a true deep cell....however....they also sell a regular deep cell battery that requires that fluids be checked and distilled water added as required...this one is a true deep cell battery. The batteries being sold at Walmart are made by Interstate Battery.
Anytime you seek a deep cell battery for your RV make sure you can check fluid levels and add distilled water as required. Another option (but hard to find) is a deep cell AGM type battery....they do cost more...fluid is contained in saturated glass fiber matting between the lead plates. These are said to be better and have a longer service life....they jury is still out on these AGM units.

If anyone has more information on the AGM type deep cell batteries and where they can be purchased please share your information. It is always a battle to keep the power level up and running for us boondock campers!
Guess I should clarify my post. At the local Walmart's, four in a 10 mile radius two are Super Walmart's do not carry True Deep Cycle batteries. They only carry automotive starting and marine deep cycle batteries. Walmart batteries use to be made by Johnson Controls. Maybe in your part of the country they do sell True Deep Cycle batteries. Some Sams Club sell AGM battries.
Basically, if a battery has a CCA rating it is a starting. True Deep Cycle batteries are rated by Amp Hours not CCA. However, AGM batteries do have AH and CCA ratings
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Sorry GypsyYears, this thread seems to have gotten hijacked and sidetracked.

For the original poster, keep it simple, you just ran your batteries dead.......

1. Check the water in your batteries. If low, add distilled water. If you don't know how full to fill, ask someone. Do not overfill !

2. Find someplace to plug the motorhome in for at least 24 hours, preferably longer.

3. Use a multimeter (or pull by an Autozone or other parts store) to check the voltage and test the old batteries. Compare the reading on your engine battery to the house batteries. If they are not about the same, you either have bad batteries or a bad converter.

Don't go out and start buying a bunch of parts to throw at it until you have some idea of the problem. Since you originally had a functioning system, and ran the batteries dead due to whatever all you had on that was draining them, it's probably just a problem with dead batteries. As dead as they are, they will not "pick up" a charge right away, hence the 24+ hr charging recommendation.

Once you do 1-3 above, get back to us and report the results. Good Luck!
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