Leisure Batteries not Charging!

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  1. ojibway

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    Hi Funsters
    I keep my James Cook permanently on electrical hook-up when we are at home.
    However, I just noticed that the battery levels were down to 10.9v instead of showing 13+v as when it's on charge.
    Further investigation and it seems that there is no current getting to the batteries.
    When I took it out for a spin the batteries were charging again.
    When I parked up and plugged in again the visual display again showed no charging.
    It does, however, show that I am on mains hook-up.
    I have taken the unit out to get at the fuses inside and they are all OK.
    Any ideas what's up?:Sad:
    Mike
     

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    has it got a leisure battery charging mains switch? the big red one! could have been knocked off..:Eeek: or... how about you 230v consumer unit has a trip gone.
     
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    are any 230v appliances working ?.

    Could be a breaker in the vans fusebox has tripped,[STRIKE] the hookup lead is faulty, the breaker in the house has tripped [/STRIKE]or the charger could be faulty..



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    The big red switch is on!
     
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    Batteries not charging

    Mike,

    On board chargers can fail independently of the rest of the system, my 12 month Pilote had a similar issue. For a short term fix, assuming you have 240 v live, rig up a battery charger from a mains socket to the leisure batteries and also try to establish if your battery charger only or your whole 12 v system is down.

    Phil
     
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    Hi Phil,
    the 12v system is working.
    Thats sounds like a good idea, using an independent charger.
    What sort of charger should I get? The leisure batteries are gel and need very slow charging. Can I charge through the ciggi lighter socket that runs off the leisure batteries?
    The good thing about the charging unit is that it can be removed easily - just pull out he mains feed plug and the outlet plugs and remove four screws. It can be checked out then by someone who knows what they are doing. Don't know if it's auto electric or domestic electric person?!
    Mike
     
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