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Old 11-29-2015, 11:15 PM   #1
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Charging the start battery when using the radio.

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On our last trip I was wondering what most do to charge the start battery .
We like to play the radio and I am always thinking about the start battery running down. I have a motorcycle charger , but it will over charge to much over time. Maybe a small smart charger. Thank you.
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:24 PM   #2
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Most motorcycle chargers are about 1 amp. If yours is, try putting it on a cheap plug-in timer set for 6 hours a day. That should eliminate any overcharging.
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:30 PM   #3
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Thanks Bluepill , that sounds like the way to go and yes it is a 1 amp.
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Sorry to hijack this, but my radio only runs with the house batteries on. I assume it should not be that way. May have been wired wrong by previous owner.
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The main power for the dash radio comes from the house battery's, but the memory for the radio is connected to the chassis battery.


That's what the manual says.
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Well, then they definitely wired it wrong. no memory.
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Thank you Richard, I do not have any manuals for my MH but I look at other years and yes memory only on the start battery's.
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toadog-

Should you decide to go with a permanently-installed charger, here are three options frequently-mentioned on iRV2:

Xantrex Echo Charge
LSL Products Amp-L-Start
LSL Products Trik-L-Start

I have not used any of them (yet). If you search on iRV2 you should find posts from people who have used these. Here is a link to one such post.

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I changed the dash radio wiring so that it drew power from the chassis battery, not the coach battery. Ditto for the CB radio. There are reasons to do it either way.

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Hi Mark,
I checked today and my radio is on the chassis battery's. The memory is on the start battery, I am going to wire in a small smart charger for the start battery's for the long times I sit without starting the coach.
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