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Old 09-23-2011, 09:21 AM   #1
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Battery chargers

What kind of battery charger should I buy and where [sears etc.] I have four 12 volt house batterys and one big 12 volt for the coach. From what I understand it should be a 3 stage.

Also should the main battery switch be shut off during charge. Thanks

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Your power converter should also be handling your battery charging. Are you have an issue with the converter?
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No problems with anything. I just wanted to get a good full charge before winter sets in and have a proper charger on hand when and if I need it.
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No problems with anything. I just wanted to get a good full charge before winter sets in and have a proper charger on hand when and if I need it.
Apparently your coach is not connected to shore power during the winter. Is that correct? Low amperage charges are relatively inexpensive. $35 or so can get you one from Sears or auto supply store. If you "store" your RV for several months and are not connected to shore power it would be better to disconnect the batteries. There are always parasitic loads that will, over time, discharge an RV battery.

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Actually, all Lead acid batteries will discharge over time. Disconnecting the parasitic draws will help but all batteries should be charged while in storage. Most with a trailer or motor home will just leave them plugged in during storage but others who have no 110 AC available use a good quality solar with a charge contoller to keep the stored batteries topped off.
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I do have it plugged in and it will be plugged in all winter. Just being plugged in only maintains the charge at what ever level it was when plugged in. All I wanted to know is what type of charger should I have to charge a set of batterys. Nothing is wrong! I give up.

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bearverman,
As far as what condition the converter will keep your batteries in is directly dependent on the converter installed. Many older style converters can boil the batteries dry. As far as supplemental chargers, refer to this post: Charging Batteries

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Thanks Dave. Thats exactly what I was looking for.
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