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Old 06-28-2011, 04:14 PM   #15
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This isn't the case with my Itasca. If the house battery switch is "off" the coach is dark and voltage from the inverter/charger is shut off too.

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So this means you are on charge all the time if you are switched on with the charger? (my battery disconnect, does that what is says, it disconnects the batteries).
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As it currently sits, everything is hooked up like it was, except I removed the batteries. My thinking is it should power the lights because I am plugged in to a 30a service, even though the batteries are removed. This, however, is not the case. That leads me to one of the two following conclusions:

1. The lights run off of the batteries no matter if I am plugged in or not.

2. The converter is bad and not powering the lights.

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So this means you are on charge all the time if you are switched on with the charger? (my battery disconnect, does that what is says, it disconnects the batteries).
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As it currently sits, everything is hooked up like it was, except I removed the batteries. My thinking is it should power the lights because I am plugged in to a 30a service, even though the batteries are removed. This, however, is not the case. That leads me to one of the two following conclusions:

1. The lights run off of the batteries no matter if I am plugged in or not.

2. The converter is bad and not powering the lights.

So much of this is Dejavu all over again for me. I fought this issue on my rig last year and had much the same discussion here Turning off House Batteries kills 50amp!?!

Can't speak for any other coaches but my call to Winnie confirmed that the batteries needed to be in place and the cutoff switch "on"... connecting the batteries for my coach to operate.

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So much of this is Dejavu all over again for me. I fought this issue on my rig last year and had much the same discussion here Turning off House Batteries kills 50amp!?!

Can't speak for any other coaches but my call to Winnie confirmed that the batteries needed to be in place and the cutoff switch "on"... connecting the batteries for my coach to operate.

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Rick,
Correct me if I'm wrong, but your coach has a voltage inverter and the OP has a PD9180 voltage converter. In my '98 Gulfstream the converter supplies power to the coach with or without the batteries being hooked up. I found this out when I recently updated my converter from the older Magnetek 7345 to a PD9260. If the OP's 2002 GS is wired the same way as mine there should be converter voltage running to the house, even without the batteries hooked up.
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The way to start diagnosing an electrical problem with a converter is to use a VOM! A cheap one from Harbor Freight will work.
Is the converter putting out what it is supposed to, say 13.5V, is the voltage at the battery 13.5V if not then there is a problem some place between the converter and the battery. Assuming it is not, then you find where it is and go from there to the battery.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but your coach has a voltage inverter and the OP has a PD9180 voltage converter. In my '98 Gulfstream the converter supplies power to the coach with or without the batteries being hooked up. I found this out when I recently updated my converter from the older Magnetek 7345 to a PD9260. If the OP's 2002 GS is wired the same way as mine there should be converter voltage running to the house, even without the batteries hooked up.
Sorry John. I get that now.

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I agree with Rusty that you should take voltage readings at the 120 volt AC receptacle and the 12 volt DC converter output. Until you take voltage readings your just guessing.
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RJay, I did post my readings when I started this post. Anyway, I replaced both batteries and charged them up before installing them. I then used them while plugged in at a campground for 4 days, and I began to experience dimming lights inside. This leaves me with only one option, that is the converter must be faulty. I still can't get over how when I'm plugged in, the lighting system still relies on the batteries. I also noticed while the batteries were out of the coach, my refrigerator stopped working. As soon as I installed new batteries, it cooled right back down. Any further input by anyone before I order a new converter would be greatly appreciated!
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