Battery Issues!

Discussion in 'Power - Site Power/Batteries/Generators/Solar' started by PopUpSteve, Aug 27, 2019.

  1. PopUpSteve

    PopUpSteve Administrator

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    Having a problem where my batteries are not charging while on the road. Don’t know if also a problem on shore power as I have been dry camping the whole trip. Solar is charging but that’s not helping, cloudy days. Any thoughts?
     
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    Check your TV plug and wires. May not be connecting properly.
     
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    Having a similar problem this last time out. The convertor charger doesn't seem to be keeping up with minimal battery load with LED lights and phone charging. Hit the battery with a multimeter when I got home and plugged into the house....only getting 13.08-13.1 volts back to the battery....seems way to low to me...guessing its time for a new convertor in my case.
     
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    Take your voltmeter and start checking at the trailer connection. Don't know how many watts of solar you have, but a 100 watt panel will make a difference by the days end
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I noticed once my TV wasn't charging the camper. I boutght a test light and tested the connectors on the pigtail both on the TV side and trailer. On mine the light failed to light on the tV side for the charging. Checked the fuse on my car and discovered it blown. Hopefully it's something equally simple.
     
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    volt meter! Extremely low battery (10v) in the morning before solar may be a bad cell.
    probing both sides of the TV / trailer connector, trailer side should measure battery voltage, TV side should show TV alternator voltage.
     
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    If you have the Honda trailer wiring, check the under-hood fuses - there is a small fuse box that houses the trailer fuses - easy to check at least!
     
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    My first thought would be to stop someplace with shore power to charge the batteries overnight. If they're below 50% SOC it will take several hours driving to get back above 80%.
     
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    Yes, check the fuses. We haven't had the issue, but friends did, and it turned out to be the fuse in the TV.
    We've had to clean the contacts in the connector plug, especially when it just sat out int he weather. While ours is now parked in a covered holder attached to the A-freame, we still do clean them occasionally.
     
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    Steve you and me both ...... haven't looked at it yet. Came home with dead battery.
     
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    That was one of my concerns. I can see the outer casing has slipped away from the plug. But the plug is a solid piece with no screws so I can’t open it up. Best I can do is cut it and replace the entire unit. But I don’t have a proper wiring diagram.
     
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    As other mentioned, try checking with a meter on both sides. Then you can see if you need to replace the plug or not. If so, you should be able to find a diagram online.
     
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    You do now. ;)

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    I actually used jumper cables to give the batteries a good charge today. It’s only going down to 50 tonight so I probably won’t even turn on the heater. So the batteries should be good to crack down the roof tomorrow.

    I’m looking into the Honda tow package fuse idea.
     
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    Thanks for the help. It was the fuse in the TV. I hit an auto parts store in Twin Bridges MT and got the replacement fuse.

    I have all types of fuses in my tool box but of course that wasn't one of them. I know I was having an issue since earlier this year but kept it putting off. I had been concentrating on the problem being on the camper side and had checked all the fuses there and then thought it was a bad wire in the 7-pin. Oh well, live and learn.
     
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    Glad you got it figured out!
     
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    Originally I had thought it was the Bluetooth Battery Monitor which had caused the problem and had removed it. Glad I didn't throw it in the trash and put it in my toolbox instead. Some times it pays to be a pack-rat. [LOL]

    If your interested, here are the readings from it on my last trip. Using my solar panel to recharge during the day and using my CPAP at night. Only other power used was to charge my iPhone and USB Battery. Camping in the woods with the 120W Portable Solar Panel flat on the roof, so not in direct Sun Light.

    Friday Night
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    Saturday Morning
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    Saturday Night
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    Sunday Morning
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