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Old 11-04-2014, 07:24 PM   #1
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Battery Switches in my Southwind2004

I am a newbie ..Need to know about the position of battery switches in my mh. There are 2 rocker switches above the door ( in a small cabinet ) marked ''aux'' & ''main'' . , When I am plugged into shore power @ a campground what position should they be in ? when I am storing for 2-3 months ?
I put a 30amp socket on the side of the house where I store it
I have lost aux batteries after 2.5 years( kind of too soon) thinking I am charging them when I guess I am not ..any advice welcomed , Thank you .
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Usually the isolation switches are called House and Chassis. They should be on when using the RV, off for storage. Since you have shore power, you can just leave them on. To check to see if your batteries are being charged, use a multimeter. 12 v batteries should read 12.7 v when charged and after surface charge has been absorbed. (2 hours after no use or charge) When charging, the voltage should go up to 13.4 v minimum, the voltage needed to overcome resistance. If your batteries don't show the voltage increase, you'll need to check to see what your RV was originally wired to do. Some don't charge chassis batteries on shore power, some don't charge house batteries on engine alternator. I think for full flexibility all batteries should charge when charging is available, engine, shore, or generator.
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Thank you ..It has been very confusing 3x times intermittently my larger slide would not come in ..last mobile guy told me something about those switches ..but I have been unclear ..all I know is I lost a day of work this last time, stranded 'till he could arrive ..next day !
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Thank you ..It has been very confusing 3x times intermittently my larger slide would not come in ..last mobile guy told me something about those switches ..but I have been unclear ..all I know is I lost a day of work this last time, stranded 'till he could arrive ..next day !
Press the TOP of each of those two switches and then leave them alone. As long as you occasionally use the coach and/or have it plugged to shore power when not in use, all batteries should stay charged.

If you ever need to store the coach for an extended period without shore power, then you can press the BOTTOM of those switches and isolate the batteries from most current draws.

Your Southwind is definitely designed to work this way.
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I love it when other people ask questions that I need an answer for too...thanks everyone for this string.


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Thanks to all , It is great to have this forum as a resource and all the experience at hand ..safe travels.
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