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Old 01-22-2020, 07:21 AM   #1
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Where is my converter/charger?

I have a 1997 Fleetwood Wilderness 24 foot 5th wheel camper. and the battery will not charge while hooked up to shore power, nor will it charge while being towed. It has a MagneTek, model 80 distribution center. I have been told that the converter/charger is separate. However, I am unable to find this converter/charger.

Does the shore power go directly to the converter/charger, or someplace else. If it goes direct to the converter/charger, then I may be able to find.

Due to the age of the camper, I do not want to try and move the duct work, as I feel it may just crumble, so I think I may have to install an exterior access door to locate the converter/charger.

Maybe it just does not have one. I have never seen a camper with only one red wire going to the battery. I have always seen one red from towing harness and another red to the distribution center hooked up to the battery. But this camper has only one (1) red wire to hook up to the battery. However, there are two (2) red wires, I think 6 or 8 gauge, that are hooked up to the 12v side of the distribution center.

Could it possibly just be mis-wired?

Please help me find my converter/charger.

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Old 01-22-2020, 07:36 AM   #2
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You do have a converter/charger. It is usually part of the AC breaker/12 volt fuse panel. If not it is usually just behind it. Your AC panel will have a breaker labled Converter. Follow the wire from the panel to the converter location.

Converter charges the battery when on shore power or gen power. See if you have shore power at the top of the AC main breaker.

Also, you can follow the wire from the battery to the charger location.

Convert changes 120 volts to 12 volts to power your lights and equipment control circuits. Also charges you battery.

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Old 01-22-2020, 07:39 AM   #3
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how old is the battery? have the battery tested.
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Old 01-22-2020, 07:43 AM   #4
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Remove the screws on the breaker cover and see if the converter is behind it.

The cable to the battery may go to circuit breaker with a few other wires on it, within a few feet of the battery.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

I'm not a 5er guy so won't comment on your problem! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:21 PM   #6
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Just wanted to welcome you to the forum. Sorry I can't help with the electrical problem but hopefully someone here can do so.

Enjoy the adventure.
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Old 01-22-2020, 04:11 PM   #7
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You should have a charger, unless a previous owner took it out for some reason. I think cavie, trampsrv, and twinboat have you on the right path.

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