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Old 08-12-2008, 11:13 AM   #15
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Do to space limitations in the front electronics bay, I choose to mount mine in the aft battery control bay across the battery boost relay.


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Old 08-12-2008, 04:50 PM   #16
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Google Battery Minder. Mine works just fine.

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Old 08-13-2008, 08:27 AM   #17
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We have the Trik-L-Start and it's worked great.
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Old 08-26-2008, 12:03 PM   #18
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I've just spoken to Chris At Monaco support and according to him, my Caymen does not have the capacity to connect the BIRD setup as discussed. I'm at work and need to look at it closer tonight. I have a 110 volt battery maintainer/charger that I have saved to connect up for the chassis batteries but was waiting to see the outcome of this discussion. If anyone knows for sure any differences within the Caymen design, please let me know.

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Old 08-27-2008, 09:21 AM   #19
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My 06 Endeavor came with the solar panel option for helping to keep the coach batteries charged when not plugged in. However when I was plugged in for more than 3 weeks the chassis battery kept losing its charge so I had to use the battery boost to start. I decided to add a heavy duty (10 Amp) DPDT switch to the output of the solar controller. Now when I am plugged in I use the solar to keep the charge up on the chassis battery. If we are camping without power I flip the switch and connect the solar to the coach battery. No problem with starting since doing this. We just sat for 3 months and the engine started right away when we got on the road.
Not sure if this will help since I don't know if your Cayman has solar.
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:30 PM   #20
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Other than using a portable battery charger is there anyway to use your coach inverter/charger to charge your chassis batteries while plugged into CG electric? If not what do need that I don't have?
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Check your manual under electrical section if you can find a section entitled "BATTERY MAINTAINER". Under this section, you will find word BIRD meaning Bio-Directional Relay Delay. The function of this, is the same as ECHO and Trik L Start. Now, if you don't have BIRD, try to buy charger with the lowest AMP for one simple reason. Any battery is very happy when they are fed/charge gradually, little by little, yes they are automatic but giving your batteries a 5A to 10A 24hrs 7 days a week is not a good practice. So what you need is just a trickle charge just to maintain your chassis batt. Here in Canada, i can buy one for $15.00. You may consider also instead of trickle charger, buy a small 2 amp solar panel where you don't need a charge controller, easy to install, direct to the battery. It will not interfere at all with your system. I had one for years. Hope this help.
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:32 AM   #21
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I put in a Xantrex in my Dynasty and in my other MH I have a Yandina Battery Combiner.
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:22 AM   #22
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echo~charge unit from Xantrex is what I use in my Cayman
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:42 PM   #23
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Charging chassis batteries at CG

Thanks for all the replies. Have a Trik-L charger installed now and all is fine.

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