Storage battery, converter
Hi all - this is my first post as I just joined up today.
As a bit of a pre-amble. My wife and I just bought our first RV, a '93 Pleasure-Way in very good shape. In the summer of 2006 we drove across Canada, from the West Coast to Newfoundland and back in our 1990 Honda Accord. We hadn't done much previous camping so decided we would stay at semi-sleazy motels to keep costs down. Fortunately we didn't hit too many that raised health concerns except one late night in Ontario. The broken toilet in the front yard should have been the tip off - or the amazed look I got from the clerk when I tried to pay by credit card (she looked like I was handing her a rattlesnake) or the bathroom window falling out when my wife tried to lock it. We actually had a great time there and back, so much so that we want to do it again but this time in the comfort of our own RV. So now with the Pleasure-Way we are pretty well all set. Now to my question.
I have noticed that my storage battery doesn't seem to be holding a charge. When hooked up to the Magnetek 6332 Converter or with the engine running the levels meter in the Pleasure-Way shows green. Within a hour, with all charging off, the meter goes to red. We bought the van on consignment so couldn't talk to the previous owner so I don't know how old the battery is. The other day I took a look at it and the water levels in 3 cells were very low so I refilled them but still it still isn't charging. My next step will be to see if the battery has boiled dry again and to check to see what the converter/charger is charging at. From reading other posts it sounds like the Magnatek 6332 could be cooking my battery or perhaps it's just an old battery. Looks like either the battery and/or the converter may need replacing. Should I be replacing the converter anyway because of it's age and technical drawbacks? Also, do converters always hum when hooked to shore power?
p.s. my Honda still has it's original stock battery so someone knows how to build a good battery.
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