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Old 10-12-2014, 03:21 PM   #11
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Hi Jane

I saw that you had the batteries checked by an RV center. Can I assume they did a load test and a hydrometer test? It really seems like faulty batteries to me.

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Old 10-12-2014, 04:19 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone! Grounded wire looks fine. Yes, they did a load test - and I did a hydrometer test too. We've now had the batteries tested multiple times because I was convinced the batteries are bad, but every test comes back fine. We actually took the batteries in to replace them because I believed they were bad given the flickering lights when the water pump was on and the drop in battery and time to rebound. The RV people tested them again. I'll go in there tomorrow and see if they will connect two new batteries and will report back.

Reace - thank you for responding on the weekend! There's still nothing on the GoPower panel (no read out whatsoever). We'll head home today and deal with it tomorrow. It's still better to be camping than not! . Have a good weekend!
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Old 10-12-2014, 06:24 PM   #13
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Grounded wire looks fine.
That isn't an absolute verification that its' OK. I've seen cables that~looked~ OK but had corrosion inside the crimp making them hit or miss for some loads.

The only way to systematically trouble shoot the situation is to use a multi-meter to locate where you have and haven't got power and test the cables with the ohmmeter to determine that there isn't high resistance from a bad connection.

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Old 10-12-2014, 07:31 PM   #14
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Actually, this is a case where making voltage measurements with a multimeter will probably lie to you. The connection/battery/wiring is failing under a heavy load (the water pump), not a light load such as the LED fixture. A multimeter does not put enough load on a circuit to show this kind of failure unless you do your measuring while the pump is on.

While it is pretty near impossible to troubleshoot without being there, it sure sounds like a bad connection somewhere between the batteries & the water pump. If everything shuts down when the pump is run, and the batteries are good, I would suspect the problem is between the batteries & the converter 12V distribution center. I'd also check the cross connect between the 6V batteries.
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:36 PM   #15
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Actually, this is a case where making voltage measurements with a multimeter will probably lie to you. The connection/battery/wiring is failing under a heavy load (the water pump), not a light load such as the LED fixture. A multimeter does not put enough load on a circuit to show this kind of failure unless you do your measuring while the pump is on.
That's not lying; that's showing that the voltage depends on the load. I agree - one would measure voltage with the pump on and with the pump off.
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Actually, this is a case where making voltage measurements with a multimeter will probably lie to you. The connection/battery/wiring is failing under a heavy load (the water pump), not a light load such as the LED fixture. A multimeter does not put enough load on a circuit to show this kind of failure unless you do your measuring while the pump is on.

While it is pretty near impossible to troubleshoot without being there, it sure sounds like a bad connection somewhere between the batteries & the water pump. If everything shuts down when the pump is run, and the batteries are good, I would suspect the problem is between the batteries & the converter 12V distribution center. I'd also check the cross connect between the 6V batteries.
I agree with most of that except they did say the panel failed to display and that's not a heavy load.

But I agree, it has all the hallmarks of a bad connection somewhere. Yeah, difficult to trouble shoot at a distance, especially without a schematic, and a little frustrating when you know a few minutes with a meter could probably pinpoint the problem.

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Old 10-20-2014, 05:10 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone for your great suggestions and ideas! An extra special thanks to Reace for responding on a weekend! We took the trailer to a different RV repair place (to where we took the batteries to be tested the week prior) and he performed a quick load test right in front of me. The batteries read "weak." Two new batteries later and we're good to go! . Clearly the other place that told us they load tested the batteries didn't and we won't be recommending them. Now we can meet folks at the Lake Casita Rally on Ojai in a couple of weeks with no worries!
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