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fuzionhauler

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I have a problem I'm hoping to get a little insight on. I will start off with a caveat that it is still about 10 degrees up here so that may be my problem, but I don't think it is. (This problem started in the late summer)

When I try to put my slide-out's (they are DC only..no AC power is used to operate them) our or in (I have 3) they will stop and start again. When they do, all things powered by my battery go dead. (radio, lights, etc.)
I have changed both of my 50 amp CB's and it still does it. I suspect I have bad batteries (I have two deep cycle interstate batteries) that cannot hold a charge long enough to have the "umph" to operate the slide-outs, however I took them to the shop where I bought them and they say the batteries charge and hold that charge correctly. Today, I put my charger (which gives me a battery % indicator) on the batteries and after I tried to open my slide outs (they only opened about 5 inches before the "stop and start" started) and it showed my batteries at about 37%. This means I have bad batteries, correct? I hope that's all it is and not my hyrdo pump.

Any tips/help/advice is GREATLY appreciated!

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Do you have a generator?

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I agree.

Few questions. How many batteries and what type do you have?
You have a few good options.
1) Stay hooked up to your truck, with the truck running while you level and put the slides out.
2) Run the generator
3) Hook up to Park power if you can.


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wouldn't advise putting hydraulic slides out without being hooked up to shore power or running the genny first. They draw too much power to be running them out on battery juice alone.

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I do have a generator but from what I can see, the slide out's are powered by DC power only. Or am I wrong here?

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Ok so I just plugged into my house AND had the generator running..and it still does it. Goes out fine for a few seconds then stops..and all my battery powered lights and radio go out. After a second or two or having my finger off the slide out button, the lights and radio come back on.

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Thinner oil for 10 deg temps? Just thinking out loud...


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Posted: 03/22/12 09:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had similar thing. Wire from battery went to circuit breaker on frame. Breaker was bad. Replaced it and no trouble since.


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Ok now I'm on to something. Even though I have recently replaced both 50 amp CB that are in between my batteries and hydro pump, just for kicks, i took a small metal alligator clip and hooked it to the posts of each CB...essentially taking the CB out of the loop. When i hook it to the CB that goes directly to the motor on the pump, the slide outs work like a champ. Putting a clip on the other CB doesn't change anything. (this other CB just goes to the slide out switch inside I'm pretty sure)

What would be causing the CB to trip on and off? Do I have a hydro pump motor going bad?

* This post was edited 03/22/12 10:28pm by fuzionhauler *

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I don't think so just because when I "jump" that one particular CB, everything works fine. No weird smells or anything overheating.

All of the RV's sold up here use the standard ATF for the reservoirs.

I'm stumped.

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