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Old 12-28-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me whether Monaco wired their converters so that plugging in the coach to shore power will charge both the chassis and coach batteries? If they didn't, was it an option on certain units? And how would one be able to check and see? Whenever I plug my R-Vision 241T into shore power for a couple of days, disconnect and then attach my battery tenders, both chassis and coach batteries indicate a fully charged state.

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Old 12-28-2012, 04:27 PM   #2
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Put an "ohm" meter or better know as a volt meter across the starting battery when you are plugged in to shore power and see if the voltage is above 13 volts DC or so. That would indicate you are charging. deSanford
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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Aggie the answer is yes. On my Monaco and on several models they installed a Intellitec B.I.R.D system which charges first the house batteries and when the reach 13.2 volts it then charges the chassis batteries. My works fine.

If you call Monaco tech line they can probably tell. On mine I have what is called a Big Boy solenoid which is massive in the engine compartment RRB and is a sure way of knowing.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:33 PM   #4
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Aggie the answer is yes. On my Monaco and on several models they installed a Intellitec B.I.R.D system which charges first the house batteries and when the reach 13.2 volts it then charges the chassis batteries. My works fine.

If you call Monaco tech line they can probably tell. On mine I have what is called a Big Boy solenoid which is massive in the engine compartment RRB and is a sure way of knowing.

Thanks! Mine has a Magnetek 7300 Series converter but the data sheet doesn't offer much information; not surprising I guess as these components are installed in hundreds of configurations and models.

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Put an "ohm" meter or better know as a volt meter across the starting battery when you are plugged in to shore power and see if the voltage is above 13 volts DC or so. That would indicate you are charging. deSanford
Good idea! I was toying with the thought of installing an ammeter on the + side but don't like to mess with series hookups (owner installed malfunction waiting to happen)
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Aggie the dual battery charge is not part of the converter. The converter will supply a single output to a device like the BIRD which will split it up to the two battery sets
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Aggie the dual battery charge is not part of the converter. The converter will supply a single output to a device like the BIRD which will split it up to the two battery sets
Gotcha.

What I meant was there was no detailed wiring schematic with options included in the accompanying manuals to my converter system.
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Gotcha.

What I meant was there was no detailed wiring schematic with options included in the accompanying manuals to my converter system.
I doubt that your Workhorse chassis came with a B.I.R.D. As mentioned, measure the voltage across the chassis batteries while plugged into shore power to test if the converter is charging them. Disconnect from shore power and start the engine and then measure across the house batteries to see if the alternator is charging them.

Some folks install these to maintain the chassis batteries while connected to shore power:
Ultra Trik-L-Start 5 Amp Starting Battery Charger/Maintainer

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Some folks install these to maintain the chassis batteries while connected to shore power:
Ultra Trik-L-Start 5 Amp Starting Battery Charger/Maintainer

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Nodine, I was using the BIRD as an example and wouldn't expect one to be installed in Roger's MH.
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Nodine, I was using the BIRD as an example and wouldn't expect one to be installed in Roger's MH.
OK, was not sure if you caught the fact it was not a diesel pusher.

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