Sunline RV Forum
Sunline User Photos

Go Back   Sunline Coach Owner's Club > Technical Forums > Repairs and Maintenance
Click Here to Login

Join Sunline Club Forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-27-2013, 01:45 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 7
SUN #4217
KittySue is an unknown quantity at this point
In need of electrical help on 1986 T1859 Satellite

We are having electrical problems. The power converter w/charger (B-W model #3230 UL) seemed to quit working while we were camping (we use a generator). The battery (new in April of this year) had to be charged with a free standing charger (plugged into the genny) in order for us to have lights. We have brought the Trailer home now and the converter/charger seemed to be working again for a couple of weeks. Then boom...our battery lost it's charge and didn't charge back up ( we have it plugged into our house power here at home) I was working in the trailer and decided to take a break for about an hour, everything was working fine, I had been running AC and fridge (on elec) and a light now and then also the water pump once and a while. I shut off the AC and lights and went inside for about an hour or maybe two (oh yes there was a rain storm, no lightning, just a lot of rain) and when I went back out the battery was dead. No lights would come on but my outlets still worked and my AC and fridge still work.
We charged the battery back up with a free standing battery charger again because the converter didn't even attempt to charge it. We have checked all fuses and breakers and all seems to be right.
Any help out there for info on how to trace our short or what ever is the problem would be appreciated. Not sure where to start.
Here are some pics of our converter box. I also have other pics in my album of my trailer.
100_0368.jpg

100_0370.jpg

100_0379.jpg

100_0377.jpg
__________________

__________________
KittySue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2013, 01:59 PM   #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 7
SUN #4217
KittySue is an unknown quantity at this point
correction on the tt model: Satellite T1850
__________________

__________________
KittySue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2013, 04:45 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,989
SUN #2097
mainah is an unknown quantity at this point
They are pretty pathetic chargers maybe 3 amps tops so if you used it for lighting etc. with out being plugged in it probably did not get enough time to charge the battery. The converter will make enough power to do the lights etc but it takes it a long time to recharge a weak battery.
__________________
mainah is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2013, 08:22 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Gene's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 1,515
SUN #768
Gene is an unknown quantity at this point
The lable on the door indicated 30 amps so it should put some charge into the battery.

It could be that the converter is not working at all and the external charger is all that is keeping the battery up. You need a cheap voltmeter to see what is happening. One easy test, with the shore power disconnected measure the battery voltage then, while watching the voltmeter, plug in the shore power. The voltage at the battery should rise. If it doesn't rise then either the converter is bad OR the converter is not getting AC voltage. If there is a circuit breaker dedicated to the converter it may be off or defective.

Let us know what you find and we can work from there.
__________________

Gene & DW Ginny
2002 Sunline T-2363
2008 Toyota 4-runner 4wd 4.7L V-8
Reese Dual Cam straightline - P3 Brake controller
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2013, 06:35 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,989
SUN #2097
mainah is an unknown quantity at this point
Yeah the old ones made plenty of power of appliances but not much on the charging side. There were two circuits inside one charged the battery the other made power for the lights etc. Yes it is very possible the charge circuit does not work and the appliance side does. They are pretty poorly regulated so you should see a pretty good voltage jump at the battery when you plug it in with a volt meter. It will take a long time to charge a weak battery and should not be left on long term because of the less then stellar voltage regulation they had a tendency to boil the water out of the battery if left on for weeks at a time.
__________________
mainah is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2013, 01:56 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 7
SUN #4217
KittySue is an unknown quantity at this point
Thank you for the help. We did the meter test that was suggested above and there was no change what so ever so I guess that the converter is shot....it is only 27 yrs old too, lol, what a shame.
We have checked all the circuit brks that we know of (could there be one inside the converter box itself?). The only brks we know we have are in the back of the trailer under the refrigerator and we have chkd them all and they are good.
My question now is what to buy to replace it, since they no longer make the B-W 3230. I have checked with PPL and they actually have an INTELI-POWER 9200 SERIES CONVERTER/CHARGER - 45 AMPS. PPL person said you can always go up in amps just not go lower. I also see other 30 and 45 amp ones there also, just don't know how to choose. Any suggestions?
__________________
KittySue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2013, 07:30 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Gene's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 1,515
SUN #768
Gene is an unknown quantity at this point
Sorry to hear it sounds like the converter. There may be a fuse inside the converter.

PPL is a good reliable company to do business with and that looks like a good converter with 4 modes. There are others here with more experience with other models that may be able to give some good advice. One key factor is "does it fit in the box".
__________________

Gene & DW Ginny
2002 Sunline T-2363
2008 Toyota 4-runner 4wd 4.7L V-8
Reese Dual Cam straightline - P3 Brake controller
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2013, 07:14 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,989
SUN #2097
mainah is an unknown quantity at this point
45 amps is plenty the beauty of the modern charges they can charge the battery at rated amps so you get a good charging rate not just a few amps. The 3 stage converter would be a plus also so you can leave the charger on full time if you wish I leave mine on all winter. Check out bestconverter.com they are very good about answering your questions and suggesting the best converter for your camper. No matter what you end up with there will be some rewiring involved so if it's not some thing you comfortable with you'll need to find a "friend" to help you.
__________________

__________________
mainah is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
electrical, power converter


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1987 Satellite Joseph97297 Repairs and Maintenance 4 02-10-2013 07:41 PM
'86 Satellite makeover HakesChalet Modifications 11 07-08-2010 10:40 PM
Satellite tv Deb B Sunline Community 3 09-02-2007 01:46 PM


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sunline RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:22 PM.


×