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Old 09-28-2012, 03:40 PM   #15
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House batteries were just replaced this spring with interstate 12v triples. They have been run down 2 times this summer, I do have the dimensions inverter, ( our unit is an '04 vectra). How do you know if the inverter is bad? We have boondocked a few times this year (and we are VERY new to our RV,) but it seemed to me that the batteries should have lasted more than the one night. We do have an in-motion satellite dish the spends a lot of time searching for bell satellites.
Winnebago didn't add the "Trickle Start" till the '05 model. This means the engine battery is not getting charged from the inverter. Add a Trick L Start and that part of your problem will be fixed. Sounds like your inverter isn't working properly.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:37 PM   #16
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While not a diesel, I have an Itasca Spirit class C motorhome, and with it plugged into shore power full time, the chassis battery will still go dead if the rig is not driven. A Battery Minder solved that entirely. You house batteries are another level of troubleshooting entirely. Good luck!

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Old 09-29-2012, 08:00 PM   #17
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If your boondocking, watching the old style TV with the satelite dish can run the house batteries down quickly, and if there is a cross connection like mentioned above then the chasis batteries run down even quicker. Did you keep a check on water level in the house batteries? The inverter has a power switch and a breaker on it that may be triped. When you plug in to shore power do you imediately hear the inverter turn on? ours does. By the way Excellent choice of Moho!
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:38 PM   #18
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If you have a large converter/inverter and you turn it off it can not charge the batteries, On my prosine there are 3 switches, one on the unit itself must be on, two inside (well 3 inside but one controls the display) the "CHARGER" must be on or it can not charge.

The converter may be on a GFCI chain or if you are turning off breakers may be on a breaker you turn off

The converter may be toast.

And the #1 cause of this type of problem... No 120vac at outlet you are plugging trailer into.
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