How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask RIP ROBERT Your Own Question

RIP ROBERT
RIP ROBERT, R.V. TECH & MECHANIC
Category: RV
Satisfied Customers: 783
Experience:  35 plus years HANDS ON WORK TROUBLE SHOOTING & REPAIRS
8361237
Type Your RV Question Here...
RIP ROBERT is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

1975 Commander: motor home..shore power and the generator..drained

Customer Question

I have a 1975 Commander Motorhome. It has LOTS of issues but the one thing that I am current worried about is; I was "boondocking" and ended up have to do that for a lot longer than originally planned and I did not have access to shore power and the generator went out on me as well...So to have a little light at night, they ran off the battery which, as you can guess, drained the already 5 YR old battery. So I got a new battery and had my worker install it. BTW I have been on shore power since 2 days after the old one died. OK after all that, here we go. When he put the battery in, he reversed the lines..... wierd thing is, the couch 12V floresent light worked fine, until a second standard buld light was turned on then the floresent went dim..... and they have been dim since and I know that the battery is dying. Is it the battery that is "toast" or is my inverter "toast" (it is still warm so I know that power is going to it) or are both needing to be replaced?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: RV
Expert:  RIP ROBERT replied 5 years ago.
HICustomer

HOOKING THE BATTERY UP BACKWARDS SHOULD HAVE BLOW THE FUSE INSIDE THE FRONT PANEL F YOUR CONVERTER, AND YOU WOULD HAVE TO CHECK WHAT THE FRONT PANEL SAYS, MOST OF THE EARLY MODEL CONVERTERS DIDN'T HAVE CHARGERS IN THEM, UNLESS IT HAS BEEN UP GRADED SINCE 1975.   I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG THE BATTERY WAS HOOK UP WRONG, BUT IF THE POLARITY WAS CHANGED ON THE BATTERY, YOU WILL HAVE TO DRAIN THE BATTERY OF POWER COMPLETELY THEN RECHARGE IT THE RIGHT WAY.   WITH THE BATTERY DISCONNECTED AND PLUGGED INTO SHORE POWER, IF YOUR CONVERTER IS WORKING YOU SHOULD HAVE ALL YOUR LIGHTS INSIDE THE COACH.   I WOULD DOUBLE CHECK THE ALL FUSES.   YOUR ENGINE SIZE IS A 440, NOT 460.   YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY.   THANK YOU FOR USING JUST ANSWER.

THANK YOU,

RIP ROBERT
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Hmmmm.... well, I looked at the converter....it HAS to be the original one..... it looks really old and there is no way to access the front of it I cant even see a manufacturer on it anywhere..... it seems to have a U shaped section in the center of it that has a nut/bolt on it..... the only fuses that I am aware of are the main engine ones under the dash and there are 4 glass fuses in a box that sits in front of the converter..... which might be what you were telling me in the first place.... ;-) can ya tell im not "techie"?? I did look at the fuses and they seem to all be intact....... thanks for the correction on the motor size... I knew 440..... its been a long RV!! (day) I will take care of accepting the moment we are done.... do I only get one issue per 15 bucks??? :-D
Expert:  RIP ROBERT replied 5 years ago.
HICustomer

FROM WHAT YOU TELL ME YOUR CONVERTER ONLY POWERS THE COACH IT DOESN'T CHARGE.   YOU MAY WANT TO BUY A NEW LATE MODEL CONVERTER LATER.   WHAT WAS YOUR OTHER QUESTION?   HAVE A GREAT DAY.

THANK YOU,

RIP ROBERT
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
the box with the 4 glass fuses in it was the "front" of the converter that you were referring to? also.... what is the best way to drain and recharge the battery??

Thanks.
Expert:  RIP ROBERT replied 5 years ago.
HI GIXXEROD;

YES THE FUSE THERE ARE THE ONES AND SOME TIMES IN THE BATTERY BOX THE IS A FUSE.   HOOK A 12VOLT LIGHT UP TO THE BATTERY TILL IT NO LONGER IS LITE.   THE PUT A LOW AMP CHARGER ON THE BATTERY OVER NIGHT.   

TAKE CARE & THANK YOU,

RIP ROBERT
RIP ROBERT, R.V. TECH & MECHANIC
Category: RV
Satisfied Customers: 783
Experience: 35 plus years HANDS ON WORK TROUBLE SHOOTING & REPAIRS
RIP ROBERT and 5 other RV Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
well...... I drained the battery and disconnected the cables and I do not have lights..... :-(    I will check everywhere for fuses and see what I can find and let you know...

Thanks.
Expert:  RIP ROBERT replied 5 years ago.
HICustomer

HOW MANY WIRES ARE HOOKED THE THE BATTERY?   DO YOU HAVE A TEST LIGHT?   DOES THE CONVERTER HUM?   WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU.

THANK YOU,

RIP ROBERT
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I do not have a test light but I can find someone that does. inverter isnt humming and is luke warm. all four fuses are fine. there are 2 wires on each connector. and the automotive fuses are good also.
Expert:  RIP ROBERT replied 5 years ago.
HICustomer

NEED TO CHECK IF THERE IS ANY POWER GETTING THE THE FUSE BLOCK, WITH OUT THE BATTERY HOOKED UP.    IS YOUR GENERATOR AN ONAN MOUNTED IN THE COACH OR A PORTABLE?   DO YOU GET ANY POWER TO THE LIGHTS IN THE COACH WITH THE COACH ENGINE RUNNING? HAVE A GREAT DAY.

THANK YOU,

RIP ROBERT
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
coach battery is referring to the battery that is used to start the engine of the motorhome correct??? Oh and the generator went out a couple of weeks ago....
Expert:  RIP ROBERT replied 5 years ago.
HICustomer

WHEN THE COACH ENGINE IS RUNNING DO YOUR INTERIOR LIGHTS WORK?   MY QUESTION ABOUT THE GENERATOR WAS BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF WIRES ON THE AUX BATTERY.

THANK YOU,

RIP ROBERT
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Well the saga continues.... ;-) Remember that I just(within the past week) put 2 new batteries in here. Standard type for the motorhome to start and a deep cycle for the "living area" use in the motorhome. soooooo I got a charger, a 6 amp automatic battery charger for 12V batteries.... I attached it to the drained battery(standalone) and a few moments after that...... the charger made a somewhat loud clicking sound and the meter needle went from 0-8 then back to 0. After it did this a second time, I put it on the other battery and the needle stayed at 8 and the charger didnt click, although when I tried to start the motor, I had nothing.... no power. period. I had this happen before and there was a loose wire on the relay... it was fixed(supposedly)
Expert:  RIP ROBERT replied 5 years ago.
HICustomer


I'LL GET BACK TO YOU IN A LITTLE WHILE, WITH WHAT TO DO.

THANK YOU,

RIP ROBERT

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Any ideas yet?
Expert:  RIP ROBERT replied 5 years ago.
HICustomer

I TALKED TO MY BUDDY AT INTERSTATE BATTERIES, AND HE CONFIRMED THAT TOTALY DRAINING THE BATTERY AND RECHARGING IT THE RIGHT WAY IS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO.   NOW WITH THE LITTLE CHARGER THAT YOU HAVE MY NOT BE STORGE ENOUGH TO TAKE A BATTERY FROM DEAD TO FULL CHARGE.   FOR THE FIRST CHARGING TO GET THE POLARITY BACK YOU'LL HAVE TO TAKE THE BATTERY TO A SERVICE PLACE WITH A HIGH POWERED CHARGER TO GET IT GOING AGAIN.   YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY.

THANK YOU,

RIP ROBERT

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Excellent reply, and also very quick. Really sounds like the Expert knows what he is talking about. I will be back to use your service when I need more help with my RV. Dutch USA
< Last | Next >
  • Excellent reply, and also very quick. Really sounds like the Expert knows what he is talking about. I will be back to use your service when I need more help with my RV. Dutch USA
  • Highly recommend this RV expert. Prompt, good and detailed answers were given. Very willing to help with genuine concern. I will ask for him next time. Jack USA
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
  • used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future. David L. Richmond, TX
  • 9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much. Phil Marysville, CA
  • Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible. Charles Walnut Creek, CA
  • As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
    Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!
    Sue Charleston, WV
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • gene

    RV Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    1100
    28 yrs exp in the industry
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/barcoded06/2009-06-08_030842_gene.jpg gene's Avatar

    gene

    RV Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    1100
    28 yrs exp in the industry
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/unclebobsuncle/2009-02-19_010056_jaubu.jpg Nick's Avatar

    Nick

    RVIA Certification

    Satisfied Customers:

    655
    5 years RV repair and reconstruction, Fleetwood RV Training course completion.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PR/PrimoTenora/2012-7-31_03315_Disneycool.64x64.JPG Steve F.'s Avatar

    Steve F.

    RVIA Certification

    Satisfied Customers:

    441
    Journeyman and Master RV technician, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineer. RVIA Technical Consultant
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/rjgibbons408/2009-08-15_002559_scan001001.jpg Randall's Avatar

    Randall

    RVIA Certification

    Satisfied Customers:

    8162
    RVDA/RVIA Master Certified Technician with many years experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/gmplus72/2008-12-9_2615_just_answer.jpg Robert's Avatar

    Robert

    RV Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    5678
    10 yrs. RV experience including Cummins North West, Country Coach, Monaco Coach - vendor certified.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/Guest/2008-01-30_172341_image0.jpg RIP ROBERT's Avatar

    RIP ROBERT

    R.V. TECH & MECHANIC

    Satisfied Customers:

    401
    35 plus years HANDS ON WORK TROUBLE SHOOTING & REPAIRS
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MU/muddyford/2012-6-13_1204_1.64x64.png Chris (aka-Moose)'s Avatar

    Chris (aka-Moose)

    RV Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    263
    16 years of experience