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Old 06-07-2011, 09:25 PM   #1
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battery not charging while driving

Coming home from our last trip our battery did not charge while driving, either that or the monitor is faulty. My husband has not had time to test it, (vacation over, back to work!) so thought I would just ask if anyone else has run into this and what trouble shooting we might do, where we might start looking to find what might be going on. Everything was hooked up just fine.

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Old 06-08-2011, 03:20 PM   #2
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Re: battery not charging while driving

If we run the fridge on DC for long periods of time while driving it can result in our batteries not charging up. Especially if we make a stop and forget to turn the fridge off...
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:09 PM   #3
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Re: battery not charging while driving

Totally agree with Cheryls comment--same thing happened to us this last trip--we had anumber of stops on the way home and the battery was pretty darn low when we got home...
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:43 PM   #4
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Re: battery not charging while driving

Duh! Yes, we have always remembered to turn frig off when we stop for lunch, etc.........except this time! Worse, we didn't even remember that we forgot! I read your post, called my husband & asked if he ever turned it off at our long stops - nope! Both forgot. Thank you for the brain jog, I think a post-it note is called for on our next trip!
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:58 PM   #5
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Re: battery not charging while driving

And for that reason (compounded by my way-above-average absentmindedness) I no longer run the fridge on DC.

(The rare exception would be riding on a ferry on a hot day when I knew that my next stop would have an electrical hookup.)
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:31 PM   #6
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Re: battery not charging while driving

You may want to check the fuse in the truck to the trailer. You never know. We will turn on our fridge a day or two before we travel. Then fill it up with food. When travelling we turn the fridge off until we get to our destination.
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Re: battery not charging while driving

You may want to check the fuse in the truck to the trailer. You never know. We will turn on our fridge a day or two before we travel. Then fill it up with food. When travelling we turn the fridge off until we get to our destination.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:29 PM   #8
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Re: battery not charging while driving

It all depends on the fridge you had installed. The small standard fridge is 3-way, AC, DC and propane. You can run that fridge on DC while under way, but the fridge eats up the charge from the car that would have gone to the batteries. Thus, the batteries are not charged when you arrive. I have the 5 cu. ft. fridge and it runs only on AC or propane, so I shut it off for travel. I holds the cold quite well, especially if you don't open it several times during the trip.

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Re: battery not charging while driving

It is possible your wiring harness is not wired properly. you must have a separate charging lead to charge the trailer's batteries. Two of my last 4 tow vehicles did not have this lead, although they all had the "factory towing package". A rv place can check your wiring.
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Re: battery not charging while driving

The problem is, even if your tow is properly wired, the fridge, running on DC during travel, eats up the power that would have charged the batteries.
The solution is not to travel with your fridge running on DC.


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