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Old 03-31-2008, 05:21 AM   #1
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Coach or Chassis?

If it's my house batteries, and they have run down, how is my generator supposed to start, so I can charge them back up when I am without hookups?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:21 AM   #2
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Coach or Chassis?

If it's my house batteries, and they have run down, how is my generator supposed to start, so I can charge them back up when I am without hookups?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:30 AM   #3
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You can use the Aux Start Mom switch to connect chassis battery to coach battery or start the coach.
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:37 AM   #4
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Generator starts off house battery. If you can't get it to start via the MOM switch recommendation, start the coach, and jump the house and chassis batteries together.

I had a bad MOM switch in my prior coach, and the jumper cable route worked to start the generator with low house batteries. Then ran the generator to charge the house batteries.
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:57 AM   #5
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The quickest way to charge your depleted house batteries is with your engine alternator. The generator will charge the house batteries through your inverter/converter but this will take much longer.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Tom N:
The quickest way to charge your depleted house batteries is with your engine alternator. The generator will charge the house batteries through your inverter/converter but this will take much longer.

-Tom </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tom, this would be true if I still had the Parallax converter/charger (junk) that Winnie installed. I replaced it with the Progressive Dynamics Convertor, and when your generator runs, the full rated amps will go for charging your house batteries instead of a trickle as with the Parrallax.
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:18 AM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by FrontRangeRVer:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Tom N:
The quickest way to charge your depleted house batteries is with your engine alternator. The generator will charge the house batteries through your inverter/converter but this will take much longer.

-Tom </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tom, this would be true if I still had the Parallax converter/charger (junk) that Winnie installed. I replaced it with the Progressive Dynamics Convertor, and when your generator runs, the full rated amps will go for charging your house batteries instead of a trickle as with the Parrallax. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Your alternator charges at ~150amps. What is the rate for the Progressive Dynamics Converter??

BTW, my Parallax converter has worked fine for over 3 years. I've only added water 3 times. The Suncruiser uses a different Parallax converter then the Voyager. I have the T model 7455T. The T model uses a different Output Charge Curve w/timer and will not boil or over charge batteries. I float to 13.2v after ~13 hours at 14.2v.

The 7445 45amp (used in the Voyager) maybe junk but the 7455T (55amp) certainly isn't, IMHO.

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Tom, for some reason, I am under the impression that my 150 amp alternator will only charge my chassis battery and not the house batteries. (?)

Maybe back to the original question.

What does my generator start from....my coach or chassis batteries?
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Hi the genny is powered by the house batteries, I found this out recently when they went flat and I couldn't start the genny. Pressing the MOM button didn't work because the relay was u/s so I had to start the engine and jump the batteries.

I think I am right in saying that the MOM switch is powered by the house batteries, so if they were really flat it wouldn't work.

When you turn the ignition key the Chassis battery powers the same relay on immediately and continuously.

This is how my 04 Brave is wired, others maybe different.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by FrontRangeRVer:
What does my generator start from....my coach or chassis batteries? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You coach batteries start the generator.

Turn the coach batteries OFF and you will hear a clicking when trying to start the generator because the generator will be using the current from the inverter. The inverter will not supply enough amperage to start the generator, thus only clicking from the generator starter solenoid.

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As said genny starts using house batteries. I to let mine run down to low once just not paying attention. I then just started engine which charges all batteries. In a very short time house batteries would start genny. I then ran genny which I needed at the time anyway and soon all was good to go again.
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Ok thanks for the few that answered.

What I think is true from the posts:

1. Your motorhome engine alternator does not charge your house batteries.

2. Most likely, it's your house batteries that are used to start your generator.

3. If your house batteries are dead, you can start your motorhome engine and JUMP your house batteries to start your Generator

4. Your Converter/Charger will be the active charger for your house batteries after you start your generator.

Are these correct statements?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by FrontRangeRVer:
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What I think is true from the posts:

1. Your motorhome engine alternator does not charge your house batteries.
... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

This is incorrect. When the engine is running the alternator will normally charge both set of batteries. The exception to this might be if the house batteries were too low to energize the solenoid which connects the two battery banks, in which case you might need to jump from one back to the other.
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The engine alternator charges the coach batteries

On my 04 Brave if you remove the entry door step riser you will see a panal, remove the panel and you will see additional circuit breakers and behind this panel are the solenoids that control the charging.

On a recent trip I had battery problems and had to replace the coach solenoid. In order to charge the batteries I had to make up a jumper from the engine battery to the coach batteries. Used the jumper until I could get home to make repairs.
You should also check the batteries with a hygrometer to isolate a bad cell or two. Cheap at auto store.

If you are having charging problems check the 15 amp fuse that is under the dash labeled step alarm. If your steps are not operating correctly this fuse could be your problem and the antenna light not operating is also a clue.
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