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RE: Need some assistance

Typical even when a generator is connected to have the lights go bright and then go dim?
LeBout 03/29/19 06:52am Travel Trailers
Need some assistance

My wife and I are on the road right now and dealing with a bit of an electrical mystery. Here's the situation: We're currently boondocking and drove about 6 hours to get to our current location. We noticed last night before bedtime that the lights inside the TT were dim, so I checked the control panel and the battery read "empty." (Again, this was after 6 hours of driving.) I have a tester to plug into my pickups RV connection and found that my 12-volt feed from the pickup IS working just fine. It was late so we went to bed. During the night the heater came on but the fan was running in low mode, which it does if the battery is low. This morning I began by starting my pickup and letting it run a while. (I left the pickup and TT connected overnight so we wouldn't freeze to death since I knew the TT would draw from the pickup.) Pickup started just fine but then it has a new battery. My assumption is that the TT battery itself may be bad. (I have a single 12-volt deep-cycle battery that I bought in 2015.) I put my voltage tester on it and it registered just over 10 volts AFTER running the pickup for a bit. Not full by any means, but not down all the way. I turned off the pickup this morning and pulled out one of my Honda generators and connected it to the TT. This is the weird part. We keep seeing the lights go from dim (about 50%) to full brightness and we hear the heater fan go from low to high all while the generator is running. Could a bad battery be the cause of all that, even when the generator is connected and running? My plan this morning is to take the TT battery into an auto parts store and have it load tested. Anyone have any comments about our electrical weird behavior?
LeBout 03/29/19 06:39am Travel Trailers
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