Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Jayco Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-05-2013, 08:52 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 1,885
Jayco Converter (battery Charger) easy / Cheap upgrade

I have a 2005 Granite Ridge (Grayhawk) motorhome. It's new to me this year. The battery compartment showed signs of prior boil-over and outgassing. The battery (dated 2010) took about 1/2 gallon of water and was basically DOA.

I replaced the house battery, plugged the motorhome in, and measured charge voltage. We were at 13.6v constant, which is too high for long term charging and will eventually boil that battery out.

To exacerbate the issue on my motorhome, the push-to-disconnect was dead.

So I started looking into the charge controller (converter). On my motorhome, it's located under the rear bed next to the inverter (behind a cover). On others, it may be under the refrigerator. The model is IOTA DLS-45. This unit is a "dumb" charger - it's good that it can provide up to 45A of power even if the battery is disconnected, but it'll also fry batteries long term.

For Jayco motorhomes and trailers with the DLS-45, there is a $25 plug-in module that will convert this converter to a "smart" charger with a floating voltage option that part is IQ4 smart controller. It plugs in via an RJ-11 cord (plain old telephone cable). You can buy them on ebay or Amazon.

The one caveat is that some Jaycos came with an integrated charger and load center. This part is ILC-3045 and it was built for Jayco. It does not have the "smart" plug.... If you've got this charger, you're out of luck...



cb1000rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-29-2013, 08:06 AM   #2
Junior Member
 
shortyr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1
Jayco Converter(battery Charger)

I got the IOTA DLS45/IQ4, which comes with the iq4 inside the unit. I am trying to use just ILC 3045 load center because the battery charger stopped working on my last camping trip. IOTA had something about taking the battery leads to the breaker then to DLS45. What I am trying to find out do connect the AC to the DLS45 and to load center? I am needing how wire it so it works without cooking DLS45 or burning down the camper.
shortyr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2013, 11:58 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
LI-Camper's Avatar
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Jayco Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 244
I own a 2004 Greyhawk with the IOTA DLS-45. I bought and installed the IQ4 plug -in controller. It seems to be working. There is a green LED on the IQ4 that indicates which of the 4 charging modes is in operation. It cost me about $33 on Amazon. Well worth the cost.
__________________
2016 Jayco Greyhawk 29MV
LI-Camper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2013, 12:02 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
LI-Camper's Avatar
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Jayco Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 244
Shortyr,

Go to the Iota website. If I remember correctly, there is contact info and wiring diagrams.
__________________
2016 Jayco Greyhawk 29MV
LI-Camper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2013, 10:10 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
wa8yxm's Avatar
 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 24,023
You are correct when you say that the constant output voltage of a "Dumb" charger is not good, it wither will never fully charge the battery, or it will overcharge, there is no happy medium.

IOTA with IQ-4 is a "Top Band" converter, Normally I speak of the Progressive Dynamics with Charge Wizard as the best, adding that there are others that are every bit as good.

Yup, IQ-4 is one of those others that are every bit as good.
__________________
Home is where I park it!
wa8yxm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2016, 12:10 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by shortyr View Post
I got the IOTA DLS45/IQ4, which comes with the iq4 inside the unit. I am trying to use just ILC 3045 load center because the battery charger stopped working on my last camping trip. IOTA had something about taking the battery leads to the breaker then to DLS45. What I am trying to find out do connect the AC to the DLS45 and to load center? I am needing how wire it so it works without cooking DLS45 or burning down the camper.
Were you ever able to get any information on replacing the converter? I am in the same boat. I have the ILC-3045 load center with a bad converter. I have purchased the IOTA DLS-45 with the IQ4 built in. Looks like the existing AC connection is hard wired and the new converter has a plug...any help (Google so far has not been very helpful :().
gcquinnjr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery, converter



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.