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Old 03-28-2007, 05:10 AM   #1
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Power Converter/Charger

Recently I plugged my 03' 2955 RL back up to shore power after it had been off for three days. A day later, I was walking past the trailer and noticed a strong chemical odor. I began to investigate and soon found the odor was coming from the battery compartment. I removed the battery box lid and it was full of condensation. The battery was very hot and the battery cables were discolored and hot. The battery was cooked! I unplugged immediately. I accessed the Parallax Series 7300 converter/charger and it was still warm. It appears it failed to quit charging when it was supposed to. Anyone else ever experienced this? Can the unit be repaired or will I have to replace it? I know I will need a new battery.
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Old 03-28-2007, 06:45 PM   #2
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Not sure... need Ozz to check this one out...
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Old 03-29-2007, 02:07 AM   #3
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Did the battery have enough water?
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Old 03-29-2007, 02:53 AM   #4
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The battery had been serviced prior to putting it back in the trailer a month ago. It has been on charge most of that time.
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Old 03-29-2007, 05:29 AM   #5
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The darn thing may just have had a shorted cell, or It could be a bad converter, if it were me, I would change it out to a newer 60 amp charger with a Charge Wizard 3 stage controller. I had an old old trailer, and was able to buy the 'innerds' and change them out using the shell of the old converter.
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Old 03-29-2007, 05:31 AM   #6
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Here's some info:
http://www.campingworld.com/browse/s...e/skunum=30281
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Old 03-29-2007, 05:33 AM   #7
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Better yet, and check out the charge wizard:
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...rs/55-8805.htm
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Old 03-30-2007, 01:56 PM   #8
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RJ, same trouble with my 03 3280. Same Parallax converter. Always had boil out troubles. Put in 2 new batteries so they'd be equal. Still boiled. On order is Iota unit with IQ4. Everybody I've talked with says Iota is the way to go. I think Montana went to the Iota instead of Parallax. Good luck, Mick
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Old 03-30-2007, 04:30 PM   #9
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Better yet, and check out the charge wizard:
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...rs/55-8805.htm
Ozz do you know how much voltage the STOCK on board charger puts out? my 2980RL trailer is in storage now so I cant plug it in to check.

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I would guess 45 amps or so. With no three stage charge.
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Old 03-31-2007, 04:48 AM   #11
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I would guess 45 amps or so. With no three stage charge.
I thank you for that, but I was interrested in the voltage is it between 13 & 14 VDC
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Duh, sorry, can't read. I think you are correct.
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