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Old 08-16-2019, 04:28 PM   #1
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Batteries not Charging w/Shore Power

Hello all you fountains of knowledge and experience,
We are 3 weeks into our 8 week trip from Vancouver Island to Tuktoyaktuk and back. Thankfully I have 2 bars of cell service so I can seek your advice.

Currently we are plugged into shore power at our Dawson City campsite.
Every thing is working fine - fridge is on AC, microwave lights are on, outlets are working. However, I just noticed that our batteries are down to 1/3 full. I thought that they were charged by being plugged into shore power. What gives?!

We head up the Dempster tomorrow and may not have shore power for the next week so wed like to leave here as full of everything as possible.
Thanks in advance.
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Is there a fuse/breaker between the batteries and the converter? my 2014 does. I'd also check the battery terminals, and might as well check the battery fluid while you are in there. Do you have a multimeter with you?
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Old 08-16-2019, 05:25 PM   #3
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All the breakers are fine. I will check the battery terminals and fluid but the trailer is new so I’d be surprised if they were the problem. Thanks for your reply.
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What about the main battery switch is it on....
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Look for a circuit breaker similar to this in the line between the batteries and converter. If there is one, check the voltage across the terminals with a multimeter to see if it is passing power through...if you get zero voltage it is flipped or blown. Often this type of breaker is self-resetting but will continue to trip if there is a fault.
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Thanks. Will check this out when hubby gets back from his errands. Apparently be did bring multi- meter along.
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Hello all you fountains of knowledge and experience,
We are 3 weeks into our 8 week trip from Vancouver Island to Tuktoyaktuk and back. Thankfully I have 2 bars of cell service so I can seek your advice.

Currently we are plugged into shore power at our Dawson City campsite.
Every thing is working fine - fridge is on AC, microwave lights are on, outlets are working. However, I just noticed that our batteries are down to 1/3 full. I thought that they were charged by being plugged into shore power. What gives?!

We head up the Dempster tomorrow and may not have shore power for the next week so we’d like to leave here as full of everything as possible.
Thanks in advance.
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There should be a fuse between the pos battery terminal and the wire feeding the 12v panel in the converter. It is located under the battery cover. Below is a pic of my batteries. The large gauge red wire goes to the inverter and has a 200 amp fuse. The smaller red wire goes to the emergency cutoff switch / converter 12v panel and has a fuse holder with a 40 amp Maxi fuse.

Check the Maxi fuse and see if it's blown.
https://www.amazon.com/Bussmann-BP-M.../dp/B000IYABFM

You might want to take a look at this thread.
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Old 08-16-2019, 06:50 PM   #8
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Well it seems to be working again so maybe it has self-corrected like you said. If we have further trouble we will use the multi meter to check it. Many thanks! You guys are such a great resource.
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Look for a circuit breaker similar to this in the line between the batteries and converter. If there is one, check the voltage across the terminals with a multimeter to see if it is passing power through...if you get zero voltage it is flipped or blown. Often this type of breaker is self-resetting but will continue to trip if there is a fault.

David, it will be zero volts across the breaker terminals if all is OK, it will be 12 V if the breaker is open..........
Kirchhoffs second law....
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Old 08-16-2019, 08:04 PM   #10
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David, it will be zero volts across the breaker terminals if all is OK, it will be 12 V if the breaker is open..........
Kirchhoffs second law....
https://www.electronics-tutorials.ws...its/dcp_4.html


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