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Old 09-01-2009, 11:56 AM   #11
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Re: Battery problem

When I'm plugged into AC, the monitor always reads "Charge."
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Old 09-01-2009, 02:52 PM   #12
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Re: Battery problem

That's why I checked fuses and the extension cord. It should be reading charge. Not sure where to go from there. Talked to my mechanic, and in Vancouver, they just use tap water to top up batteries.

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Old 09-01-2009, 03:00 PM   #13
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Things that kill batteries are excessive vibration, cold, over-draining. Here's a good web page to read......Gary
http://bart.ccis.com/home/mnemeth/12volt/12volt.htm
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:30 PM   #14
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Re: Battery problem


Emailed Escape and Tammy suggested using a multimeter to check leads. I did and replied with the following:

I have a multimeter ( just not sure how to use it, even with the instructions ). Anyway, I disconnected the battery and couldn't get the meter to read anything at any setting when connected to the red and black from the trailer. Then I touched the leads to the poles on the battery and got a reading of about 13 on the DC.V setting so I think I found the proper setting. I've looked at the breakers and fuses and can't see a problem. Right now the battery is disconnected and I've got it on a charger.
Seems to me that the power centre isn't delivering a charge ( after all the monitor should read charge when it's connected to AC and it doesn't and I should get something on the multimeter ). I had a look at the warranty and those guys couldn't put more road blocks in front of any attempt to get them to fix it at their cost.

Back to this post: I have the multi meter set on DC.V 15. Any suggestions from people who know what they are doing

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Old 09-01-2009, 11:43 PM   #15
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After three hours on my battery charger, the monitor in the trailer reads "good". However, I reconnected the trailer to the battery and AC and it doesn't read "charge". It appears that the power centre isn't charging the battery.
All I have to do now is box up the trailer and mail it to the people that make the power centre. And, if the box containing the trailer can be squeezed through the eye of a needle, they will fix it under warranty.
First, I guess, I'll take it down to NVRV, just down the hill and see if they can pinpoint the problem. And, I'll get the brakes checked over and the wheel bearings repacked at the same time.

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Old 09-01-2009, 11:51 PM   #16
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Re: Battery problem

Putting a multimeter (or voltmeter) on a battery does not tell you much. You'll get 13 V even if the battery is nearly dead. To properly check the battery, it must be under load, and you must have some idea how much current the battery is roviding at that moment.

Can't help you with this one, Glenn.
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:08 AM   #17
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I wasn't trying to check the battery, I was trying to figure out the multimeter. I got a reaction when I set it to 15 on DC.V, but when I connected the leads to the red and black wires from the trailer, with AC connected ( and the battery disconnected ), I got no reaction at all. That tells me ( I think ) that the power centre isn't delivering a charge to the battery. Am I correct?

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Old 09-02-2009, 10:41 AM   #18
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Pick your model & look at the troubleshooting flowchart. It may, or may not be this..........
http://www.parallaxpower.com/ESM%20tech.htm
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:45 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the usefull info re batteries. I have marked these web pages for future reference.
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Re: Battery problem

Reace told me to pull the 30 amp fuses and check them. Once I had them out and held them up to the sky, I could see that they were both burned out. Now I'm concerned about what caused the fuses to blow.

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