HELP!! dying batteries

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  1. Boo

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    I got winni last saturday and have been living in her for 5 days now, lights always been bright until tonight when the light was dim and I had to start her up to stop the Co detector from screaming, only thing I did different last night was plug 2 x 800w oil heaters.............I have a charge wizard and I have overidden the charger to boost but they are still losing charge...........any ideas?

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    have you checked the battery voltage (on charge) with a meter ?

    sounds to me like your charger's not working.
     
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    That would be about 7 amps - are you on a 6A supply ?
     
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    :Doh:
     
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    I agree, if your on EHU the charger/power supply unit supplies 12v for lighting etc, irrespective of battery charge or state.
     
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    I was wondering if I had pressed a wrong button or something.................

    Would it make a difference weather it is 6amp or 7?

    I was also wondering if I may have disturbed something in the belly lockers.......:Doh:
    I couldn't have the heating on last night as I had no 12v to run the fan..............I was frozen :cry:

    How can I test the charger/12v powerpack?

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    Hi Boo

    6 or 7 amp .. nothing to do with your problem


    First things first ...
    Are you certain the EHU hasn't tripped at the site breaker ? do you still have 230v ? You could have tripped it with the two oil heaters on !!

    Unless you were in the charger locker it's unlikely you disturbed anything.

    If you had no 12v supply then its either a 12v fuse blown, a switch you knocked off by accident, the 110v Circuit breaker supplying the power pack tripped.. or a duff power pack

    I don't know your RV but it should have a 12v fuse box for the house supplies and a 110v distribution box with CBs .. check these first .. you can usually see a blown fuse but better to test with a multimeter. ..

    Look for the simple thinks first .. they catch even the most experienced of us out ...

    but if you don't have a multimeter you can't do much testing.. buy one and if unsure how to use have someone demonstrate.
     
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    When it was in the yard they probably powered everything down so the batteries didn't flatten via phantom loads. Find the unit that charges the battery and make sure there isn't an on-off switch on it. Check inside cupboards for any main isolating switches. make sure the power management system hasn't had fuses pulled half out to shut things down.

    Read the instruction manual, but asap get some charge back into the battery.
     
  9. Boo

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    Thanks all for your reply's, :Smile:

    Just spoke to Gold RV's who have told me the location of the charger (under the drawer below the cooker and asked me to check its switched on and that the fuse and connections are o.k.
    But just to be on the safe and warm side I bought a £30 Lesure battery chager from halfords as I cant go another night without my blown air heating. :thumb:

    At work at the moment but will check all after I get home ::bigsmile:

    Cheers

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    All is well again...............was just a loose wire on my reducer :winky:

    Boo
     
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