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Old 05-20-2014, 04:08 PM   #1
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Just picked up our 2006 Allure Siskiyou summit with 16,500 miles. Been well kept in warm Barn unless going down the road. Question:
Does the Chassis Alternator keep the house batteries charged up?
The clear out side grab handle at the door.. does it light up at night?

We put 1500 miles on it coming back from the purchase and we're very content.
The house batteries just would not last a lick if we shut down for even 45 min. we were running a few lights and the residential fridge (which i figure is a real power hog). I'm thinking there toast.. just do not want to take a new set down if thats not the issue.
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Welcome. Congrats on your new MH.
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Welcome to the forum! The other CC owner's should answer your question's soon! Safe travels to you, and again....Congratulations to ya on your new Coach!
Please post picture's when you can, we all like to look!
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:50 PM   #4
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Yes, the chassis alternator charge the batteries if everything works right. You may want to check voltage on the house batteries without engine running, and then with the engine running. Voltage should be higher with the engine running. Do the batteries have water?
The clear handle should light up with the patio light switch. If not, take the top chrome part off, the bulb should be inside.

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Old 05-20-2014, 09:13 PM   #5
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Just picked up our 2006 Allure Siskiyou summit with 16,500 miles. Been well kept in warm Barn unless going down the road. Question:
Does the Chassis Alternator keep the house batteries charged up?
The clear out side grab handle at the door.. does it light up at night?

We put 1500 miles on it coming back from the purchase and we're very content.
The house batteries just would not last a lick if we shut down for even 45 min. we were running a few lights and the residential fridge (which i figure is a real power hog). I'm thinking there toast.. just do not want to take a new set down if thats not the issue.
Congrads on you new CC If the batteries are 06 then they are toast. I have a RR frig and it runs on the inverter all the time going down the road and I think my Samsung uses less power than the Not-So-Cold that we took out. I also replace all my lights about 27 with LEDs, takes less power and a lot cooler.
Another thing to think about are tires. I joined the FMCA and got Michelin 295/80R22.5 for less money than other places.
If you have a Cat in it think about having the valves done and does it have the wet PTO, also keep an eye on the radiator. Mine has a new Copper and Steel radiator because in time they will leak.
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Old 05-21-2014, 12:16 AM   #6
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"The clear out side grab handle at the door.. does it light up at night?"

The grab handle comes on when you turn the porch light on.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:01 AM   #7
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My Magna charges both sets of batteries with the engine alternator or with the generator.
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If your batteries are discharging that quickly something is not right. The fridge does draw power, but not that much. I'd start by looking at the battiers. As stated, with the bus idling, you should see 13 to 13.5 volts at the batteries. If you have 6 volt batteries, that would be measuring from the positive coming into the bank and the negative coming out. The batteries are in series so you have to take that into account. If you've got good voltage, then you know you're charging.
Next I'd check the specific gravity of each battery cell. Shut the engine off and let the batteries sit for half an hour or so, then check each cell with a hydrometer. You can get a cheap one at an auto store that will do fine. Get one with the sweep needle type guage, not the ones with the little balls. All of the cells should have similar specific gravity. I forget what readings you should have on a 6 volt, but a quick call to a battery shop will give you that info. 12 volt batteries should have a reading of something like 1.26 if they are fully charged. You should also see voltage across the terminals of 12.7 or so. On a 6 volt, with a fully charged battery, you should see see voltage of around 6.2 or 6.3. (make sure you disconnect the batteries so you are reading only one battery at a time.) If there is any less, then the batteries are probably toast.

You can also have them load tested. Any good battery shop will be able to do that.

If you're dealing with the house bank of batteries and fine one bad, replace both or all. It does little good to replace just one.

It shouldn't be difficult to sort it all out. Good luck.
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Really would be helpful to know what batteries you have, AGM, or wet cell , the brand and also what inverter you have, you may could run an equalization on the batteries.. Welcome to the CC forum.
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:27 AM   #10
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Allure Charging issues

Thank all of you guys! I went in checking things out and found that there are 2 "Isolators". One sends the appropriate charging commands to the alternator. One is for the house kill switch. That isolator for charging was failing. Sure appreciate the positive response from all of you.
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Oh yea.. I let the Cummins run for an hour and never seen the place so lit up without being shore powered or generated!! The challenge was to have make sure the Boost would still work with all that we made work
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