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Old 11-21-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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Battery/Panel Question

I have a 2004 Newmar Mountain Aire 3778. Over the entry door is a collection of switches and panels. There is an Intellitec BD-1 Battery Disconnect panel from which I can check status of the House batteries.

Mounted above this is a Newmar panel that I check fresh, gray & black tank levels. It also has a battery button. My question is this battery button for the engine battery?

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Old 11-21-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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Hi bowpulpit,
If you could take a photo and show us the switch it would help us help you. I know of no chassis battery switches located in the panels mentioned. All the switched are for the house batteries/features.
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I am still pretty new to MH stuff but I believe you are looking at the % full of your house batteries when you push the batt button. It is in the same line of buttons as the grey/fresh/black buttons right?
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:29 PM   #4
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Here's a Pic

Sorry......should have posted this pic to begin with. Please note the battery button on the top Newmar panel. Is this for the engine battery? Coach batteries can be monitored and checked on the Intellitec panel below.

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Old 11-21-2012, 01:39 PM   #5
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It is a default switch panel, it should read house batts. It would used on all models, lower lines didn't have your inverter.

However, Newmar good have hooked it up to the chassis batts. Does the voltage read the same on both switches?
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:07 PM   #6
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On the Intellitec panel, the "Read Volts" is a rocker switch and it does read the same volts regardless of pushing to the top or pushing to the bottom.
On the Newmar panel when pushing the batter button the lights illuminate in progression same as the tank levels and always reads "good" ie all 5 lights.
Just curious if the Newmar panel is reading house batteries too or the engine battery.
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The rocker switch will read your house battery voltage if the coach is not plugged into shore power. When your plugged in you are reading off the converter charge. The chassis battery is not involved.
The Battery led lights will read the full leds if the batteries are fully charged.
When adjusting the pot in hole below the leds do it when shore power is not connected.
All the tank indicators should be adjusted when your tanks are as full as you want them before you dump the tanks.
I adjusted by looking down toilet holes the Gray tank when full will back up into shower and you maybe able to see your fresh water tanks for a visual adjustment of your pot for them.
Now that being said I would back off from high end for buffer zone.
Gas tank will only be 80% when full so just adjust accordingly.
The top rocker switch only reads house batteries either way bottom switch is to cut off batteries when coach is in storage but if you have your coach always plugged in during winter say, leave battery cut-off switch on so the BIRD System can maintain all your batteries both house and chassis and keep them fully charged.
If you have a LP switch thats to cut off LP Detector when in storage and its fused off the chassis battery with a 1 amp fuse in wire coil on right hand side of your fire wall in a gas coach.
If you ever change out your batteries this thread and all related links in it maybe of your interest.
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Since I have the same setup in our DSDP, can one assume then that both the rocker switch and the led lights "both" read the status of the coach batteries? If so, would seem to be an unnecessary duplication.
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Both do read the same house batteries Newmar must have used both indicators and just wired the leds so they would indicate something, so no questions would be asked as to why not.
The voltage reading would be the better for reading, the leds would be your adjustment of pot.
They are both Intellitic parts so would have both indicators.
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