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Old 07-17-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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Battery was low...did I do something wrong???

Good Day Friends...

I need your opinions... This weekend we camped at a NASCAR event...drycamped. We used the genny for much of the weekend to run the AC as it was brutally hot. The last night there we shut off the genny around 8pm and then watched TV off and on all night. I had the flu and was awake and misserable most of the night...watching TV and opening and closing the fridge....

Toward morning, the inverter shut down and all juice stopped. I decided to leave the genny off and just pack up without any electrical assist. But ....stupidly...when I tried to retract the slides. they would not go back in. I started the engine to assist the slides and all went well, but then I tried to put up the levelers and they were not behaving well. I looked under the RV and the levelers looked horribly tilted. I think that the starting of the engine must have inflated the air system and somehow made the coach tilt forward.

After a nervewracking couple of minutes, the levelers retracted with lots of noise and creaks.

My question is for all of you....When I dump the air in my coach as I park...it seems that the coach inches forward. Is this normal?? ANd did I do something wrong to give the batteries the "boost" needed to get the slides in?? Should I have started the genny to give me the extra power instead of starting the engine???

Thanks for all of your thoughts...

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You sure it was the flu? I think it's the jacks coming down at an angle that makes the coach creep. Mine does it when I retract them.

Why'd you turn the gen off if it was so hot?
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:25 PM   #3
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We had to turn genny off at 11pm per rules of the race track...
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Inverting will discharge the batteries at rapid pace. It is never good to try to run any electrical motor while voltage is low. Low voltage creates high amperage resulting in possible damage to the component.
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The coach will inch foward when dumping air due to brakes being locked and the axle rolling slightly when the bags are dumped, I thought the brakes were not holding when I dumped for the first time till I seen from the outside what it was doing. It will back up some when aired up again.
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Hi fansill,
The single incident you mention did no harm. Just get the coach batteries fully charged ASAP. The coach will move slightly when the bags are dumped. Depending on how the generator is wired, you may not have been able to start it if starting power is from the coach batteries.
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Thanks Gary....

I was worried that I caused some lasting damage.

We made it home and I am reluctant to use the inverter now but Hubby likes his TV...

Do you think that I should start the gennie for the extra juice to get the slides in???

Please give me your opinion....

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