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Old 07-21-2018, 07:11 PM   #1
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Inverter Constantly Running

I have a 2017 Jayco pop up that I bought brand new in 2016.

The inverter runs continually and it does not seem to charge the battery. When the camper is connected to the trailer it also does not charge the battery.


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Old 07-21-2018, 07:43 PM   #2
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WELCOME TO JOF!!! The members here are GREAT!!! There is a lot of GREAT information to be found here. I am sure that you will have information and pictures to share with us... so please do!!

Is it possible that the battery is dead? What is the voltage of the battery? The main 30 amp fuse by the battery ok? Did you accidently hook up the battery backwards?

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Is it possible that the battery is dead? What is the voltage of the battery? The main 30 amp fuse by the battery ok? Did you accidently hook up the battery backwards?
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WELCOME TO JOF!!! The members here are GREAT!!! There is a lot of GREAT information to be found here. I am sure that you will have information and pictures to share with us... so please do!!

Is it possible that the battery is dead? What is the voltage of the battery? The main 30 amp fuse by the battery ok? Did you accidently hook up the battery backwards?

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Is it possible that the battery is dead? What is the voltage of the battery? The main 30 amp fuse by the battery ok? Did you accidently hook up the battery backwards?
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Brand new battery. Fully charged when we left. It was hooked up properly and tested by the mechanic. The 30 amp inline fuse seems fine.
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Just to clarify it's a converter not inverter. An inverter produces 110v from a battery, converter produces 12v.
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Just to clarify it's a converter not inverter. An inverter produces 110v from a battery, converter produces 12v.
Yes, pardon me. It is the converter.
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I have a 2017 Jayco pop up that I bought brand new in 2016.

The inverter runs continually and it does not seem to charge the battery. When the camper is connected to the trailer it also does not charge the battery.

Ideas?
No good ideas, but I do have some questions...

My converter runs continually when connected to shore power. I can tell because of the voltage shows my battery being 'trickle' charged. My converter fan doesn't usually run, however so I can't tell by sound if the converter is running. Are you hearing the converter fan? Is that what you mean by your converter runs continually?

How do you know the battery isn't being charged on shore power? Have you checked your battery with a voltmeter?

How do you know the battery isn't being charged by the tow vehicle? There is usually very little battery charging that occurs when being towed. The wiring is too small to allow sufficient current flow for battery charging.
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No good ideas, but I do have some questions...

My converter runs continually when connected to shore power. I can tell because of the voltage shows my battery being 'trickle' charged. My converter fan doesn't usually run, however so I can't tell by sound if the converter is running. Are you hearing the converter fan? Is that what you mean by your converter runs continually?

How do you know the battery isn't being charged on shore power? Have you checked your battery with a voltmeter?

How do you know the battery isn't being charged by the tow vehicle? There is usually very little battery charging that occurs when being towed. The wiring is too small to allow sufficient current flow for battery charging.
1) Yes the fan runs continually (it used to only be on occasionally).

2) The battery is dead (in fact many of the lights and radio do not work when plugged in to shore).


3) Battery is dead after being hooked up to the vehicle after a 5 hour drive.
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Are you sure you connected the battery up correctly. Numerous people have made that mistake.
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Old 07-21-2018, 09:28 PM   #9
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Are you sure you connected the battery up correctly. Numerous people have made that mistake.
I am positive the battery is connected correctly. Even had a mechanic check it.
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I have a thought (question) because it isn't mentioned here. You said in Post #7, "Battery is dead after being hooked up to the vehicle after a 5 hour drive."

Do you have a 7-pin or 4-pin connection on your camper? I had a pop-up once (4-pin connection) and killed a new battery in a 4 hour trip by running the fridge on DC (rather than propane) on the road. The 4-pin won't trickle charge your battery or offer current of any sort to the camper while traveling down the road (it only operates exterior trailer lighting). Any appliances running during the trip that demands electricity are run entirely on battery. The longer the trip, the longer the battery drain.

My other thought is the converter won't stop running because of the dead battery it's trying to charge. My experience is the battery may have to charge on a battery charger to regain some of its life back before the converter in your camper can take over and finish that job.
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