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RE: New 6 volt golf cart batteries seem not to be charging

OK ... here's what I've been able to check today, and the results: CONNECTIONS: The two batteries (which are actually "valve-regulated lead acid", not "gel") are connected properly. CURRENT CHECKS: With the two batteries disconnected, the DC volt reading is 6.3 on each, so that's OK. With the batteries wired back together, the reading is 12.6, so I think that's OK. With the trailer plugged back into shore power, the output current to the wires at the battery (tho' not yet connected to battery) is about 12 1/2 volts, so that seems normal. So, maybe my display panel showing battery status is bad. One other thing that has always been the case, and may or may not be related to all of this is this: When I plug the trailer into a GFI protected outlet it trips the GFI breaker...every time. Tried some time ago to troubleshoot that with no success. It always works find at the pedistal at RV parks. One other thing I "discovered" this morning, quite by accident: The fridge has not worked on propane for some time--no sparking or ignition. Today while I had the batteries disconnected from the trailer, I plugged in the shore power to 120V and heard the fridge sparking, and apparently firing up on propane. But later when I reconnected the batteries and plugged into shore power, no sparking. The fridge problem is not a big deal as it works on 120 and 12V, and we rarely boondock. But this behavior may be related to the electric issues... Thanks again for the feedback.
smsinville 09/30/19 10:44am Tech Issues
RE: New 6 volt golf cart batteries seem not to be charging

I certainly appreciate all the quick responses. I am certain it is wired correctly as that is a simple pattern to follow. However, I used a four gauge wire for the interconnect and I am seeing today in some comments and research that I should have used a two gauge wire. I have not yet checked the circuit breakers and fuses and I will do that. But I’m thinking maybe the gauge of the interconnect wire might be a factor. Anyone have an opinion on that?
smsinville 09/29/19 08:23pm Tech Issues
New 6 volt golf cart batteries seem not to be charging

I have a Heartland Edge trailer...21 ft...year 2010. I've had no issues with the single 12V house battery. We're planning a trip that will involve lots of boondocking, and so I've put in two 6V golf cart batteries; the gel kind. AFter that install, the battery status showed "full". As a "test", I turned on some lights and a 12V fan to see how long I could power them. AFter 3 days the simple battery status gauge (stock one, with tank status lights) showed about 2/3. So I plugged back into shore power to check recharging. Even after 5 days the battery status is still at 2/3. It appears the power center is is not recharging those batteries. Any idea what could be wrong? I do plan to use a multimeter to see what the 12V wire leads show, what the two batteries show. Maybe I just need a more sophisticated battery status indicator?
smsinville 09/29/19 05:29pm Tech Issues
RE: LP Gas pressure at refrigerator

old-biscuit ... thanks for the quick reply. I have tested the current on both ends of the gas valve and it is within spec. So, it has current, yet no gas. Would you then assume that the gas valve is defective? If it is defective would that mean no spark is being sent? Thanks.
smsinville 09/08/19 04:53am General RVing Issues
RE: LP Gas pressure at refrigerator

The model is supposedly "german": RML8555. The components of the system don't match old-biscuit's diagram. (Although I've had other RV's that essentially match that layout.) It's an unusual system. The only "test port" is actually BEFORE any other components. It appears not to have a solenoid. There is a "gas control valve". ajriding ... I'll try what you suggested tomorrow. I have confirmed that there is 12 volts coming to the system. The fridge is a 3-way, and it works well on both 110 and 12v.
smsinville 09/07/19 06:54pm General RVing Issues
LP Gas pressure at refrigerator

I've been trying to troubleshoot why my refrigerator does not work on propane: no spark, no flame. In order to test the propane, I removed the test port plug in the propane supply line at the fridge outside panel, and connected a water column manometer. When I turn open the propane valve, the gas comes into the manometer and just gurgles right through! Should I assume this means that the gas pressure to the fridge is too high (supposed to be 11 inches on manometer)? The stove burners work fine, and the propane funace works fine.
smsinville 09/07/19 01:28pm General RVing Issues
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