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Old 01-02-2014, 10:17 AM   #11
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To the OP- How did everything go last night?
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Since all of this is new to you I would get help from a fellow camper in the same area...

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Not much help now, but this is a perfect example why you should always check out all your "NEW" unit features and functions before heading out on the road. Either do it in your drive way or a local State State park where problems won't ruin a vacation or special trip.

If this is a converter issue, it is a dealer issue. I would not get into the box and try to figure it out myself and risk screwing something up that the dealer won't fix under warrantee. If I were to guess, the probem has to do with your battery. Many towvehicles don't come with the necessary fuse/relay to charge your TT battery while towing. Another thing to be aware of, is that even when plugged to shore power, the converter is only charging your battery at a fairly slow rate. How many lights are you turning on at the same time? All your overhead lights are 12V and if you turn on several you may over load the draw from the battery. Turn them all off except for 1 or 2 and see what happens. Try the towvehicle like others have suggested, but note that if the 12v charging fuse is missing in the TV, you wont be getting power by plugging in the tongue pigtail. Use a jumper cable directly connect to the TV battery. Before I did anything, I would unplug from the 120v shore power and see if I have any 12v available from the battery. If no, the problem is a low or dead TT battery. Your converter doesn't throw out enough 12v to power up a bunch of lights when the battery is dead.

My money [based on experience] is that you have a battery problem possibly caused by a TV charging issue.
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Thanks guys- for all the answers. Since the dealer was between the campground
and home we dropped it off on the way back for fix.
Your right, the converter was bad. A leak had sprung under the floor
but soaking the insulation. So I'd had it, and pulled the warranty card.

We did make it through the night on extra battery lights.
I put a trickle charger on the battery and it was up to 12.5 by morning
but it had dropped as low as 3.5 when I started so I hope new battery
is not permanently damaged.

Thx everyone for help. It's not something I could fix myself-but
The rest of the electrics worked and we stayed toasty all (32degree) night
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snip........ Another thing to be aware of, is that even when plugged to shore power, the converter is only charging your battery at a fairly slow rate.....snip
Actually the newer Jayco's have the Progressive Dynamics (w/Charge Wizard) converter/chargers with a 4-stage charging system ...., much better then the older two stage units (IOTA). The output charging voltage is higher in these newer units when the battery requires it.

I upgraded my old IOTA to the newer PD unit last year....., much better system.

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Actually the newer Jayco's have the Progressive Dynamics (w/Charge Wizard) converter/chargers with a 4-stage charging system ...., much better then the older two stage units (IOTA). The output charging voltage is higher in these newer units when the battery requires it.

I upgraded my old IOTA to the newer PD unit last year....., much better system.

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My 2012 154BH has a WFCO 3-stage converter....I'm curious as to the OP's converter model / mfr....
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My 2012 154BH has a WFCO 3-stage converter....I'm curious as to the OP's converter model / mfr....
The WFCO converter/charger has the same higher "boost" mode like the Progressive Dynamics units.

Not sure which newer brand converter/charger the OP has, but I believe 2009 was the year Jayco started phasing out the IOTA 2-stager's.

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My 2012 eagle 298 rls has a pd4000 converter, with pd's smart charger. Great little unit.
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snip......Your right, the converter was bad. A leak had sprung under the floor
but soaking the insulation.....snip
Keep us up-to date on what the dealer actually has to do to correct the converter/charger problem....., also a little curious about the floor leak.

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Thx everyone. The dealer says it'll be a week bf they get to it.
I just hope it's not 8 weeks like I hear some go thru.
But I will keep you guys informed what happened/broke down.

We had been out 3 times since purchase and all systems were OK,
then suddenly not.
The leak is a mystery to me too. Woke up 2nd morning, all the inusulatio
along left front was soaking - and had driped gallons onto the ground
overnight. The freshwater tank was empty and the low was well above freezing that night.
We were plugged into the city water with a pressure regulator.
The night before, the water heater had started to sputter and burn dirty (soot up the side)
Maybe it melted a pipe next to it under there.
The camper floor was totally dry - just the insulation - where I can't see.
Can't figure it out.
Wife had a little bath night before - but only same water as shower and let water
Out slowly. We were hooked to sewer and grey was open.
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