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Old 11-02-2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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Battery Location

Ok, stupid question, but I am layed up and can't go look at the coach. I have a set of batteries labeled "house" in the door behind the drive axle. Where is the chassis battery located? I asked my neighbor to put a maintenance charger on it and he can't find it. We got the coach in June and I haven't needed to do anything to the chassis battery since we got it.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:21 PM   #2
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Gary & Cathy,

The Chassis batteries are in the same compartment with the house batteries. The house batteries should be 6 volt and recognizable by their smaller size. The chassis batteries should be 12 volt and noticably larger than the others.

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Old 11-03-2010, 01:48 AM   #3
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Hello Gary:
The 2000 into 2002 Alpines came with four (4) 6 volt batteries and two (2) 12 Group 31 Chassis Batteries all located in the same compartment. I included a copy of the Battery wiring diagram so you can see the location of the Chassis and Coach batteries. As Jeff indicated they are all in the same compartment provided nobody has changed it from the original configuration.
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Old 11-03-2010, 12:03 PM   #4
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Jeff and Dave, Thanks for the help. I have tried explaining it to the neighbor, but he is totally non electrical so I am having him take a picture of the batteries and I will show him where to hook up.
Again, thanks to this great group!
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Have you got the coach plugged in? If so the inverter should take care of charging the batteries. If not, did you throw the disconnect switch for both house and chassis batteries?

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Have you got the coach plugged in? If so the inverter should take care of charging the batteries. If not, did you throw the disconnect switch for both house and chassis batteries?Barb
Yes it is plugged in, but the chassis battery doesn't seem to be charging properly. I can't take a look at it right now so I had him put a meter on the battery terminals and the house batteries are fine, but the coach battery is low. I will check it out when I am back on my feet
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In our "older" coaches, WRV installed an echo charger to isolate/protect the chassis bats from over-charging. The echo charger senses differential charge between the house and chassis bats and charges the chassis bats, if lower--house bats must be at full charge. Assumes genset or inverter will keep the house bats charged. Some older coaches also have a small solar panel [10wats] connected to the chassis bats. Could be yr chassis bats are going bad or there is a short, or your echo charger has failed, whichever, yr chassis bats arent keeping up with your house bats.
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PS--Before writing off the echo charger as defective, you need to check the two 20 amp inline fuses [chassis and house bats] on the ceiling of the bat compartment to make sure they are ok.
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My inline, Echo Charger fuses were about 6" away from the batteries. That was the cause of my charging issues 3 years ago.
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My inline, Echo Charger fuses were about 6" away from the batteries. That was the cause of my charging issues 3 years ago.
Man this forum is a great resource! I am about to hobble out to the coach and take a look. I had my wife go try starting it yesterday and she said it cranked just fine, so I don't know why it required the "battery boost" the last time I started it. More "Alpine Mystery" I guess. Thanks for all the helpful suggestions.
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