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Old 08-28-2014, 07:28 AM   #1
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Chassis Battery Charging?

I am fairly new to the Motorhome world, and this has probably been answered many times...

When parked, and connected to 120 volt house power, does the chassis battery get charged, or just the coach house batteries?, or does that vary with Manufacturers and MH models?
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You got it right in your last question.
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With our Jayco the house battery charges and maintains a charge when connected to a 120 VAC line, the generator or the alternator with engine running. Our older Winnebago Adventurer charged from a land line or a small roof mounted solar panel if the Aux Batt switch was turned on. With that one it was possible to overcharge the house batt and boil it out. The Jayco takes care of itself.

In neither case will the chassis battery charge unless the engine is running.
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It varies by manufacturer/model.
Easy to check - when on 120VAC (and engine off), use a volt meter ($10 from WalMart) to check chassis battery voltage. Over 13V = yes it is charging on 120VAC, under 13V = not charging.
P.S. Usually 13.2V is a holding voltage - anything higher is charging.
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Thanks tomwalt, I will check that.
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My Country Coach came with an Echo charger then it went out so I installed a Magnum combiner both will charge the 2 systems. I also have this in a power port to keep my good eye on my chassis battery
http://www.amazon.com/INNOVA-3721-Ba...ords=voltmeter
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If yours does not charge the chassis batteries, you can add a device like the Trik-L-Start, Xantrex Echo Charge, or Magnum Smart Combiner.
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Smile Just went through this....

All MFGs are different so call them and ask. One week ago I found out (the hard way) that our Allegro Bus does NOT charge the chassis Batts. when on shore power. (Coach did not start after week at site on shore power - YES - I was Surprised!) I resolved with two things, new chassis Batterys - (found one of two was junk). Next, after reading about many more experienced RV'ers installing a TRIK-L-START on coaches that do not charge chassis batterys from factory - I purchased one to maintain the chassis batterys. Super easy - problem solved. Best $50 bucks you'll spend ( if you find you need chassis Batt. charging/Maint.)
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All MFGs are different so call them and ask. One week ago I found out (the hard way) that our Allegro Bus does NOT charge the chassis Batts. when on shore power. (Coach did not start after week at site on shore power - YES - I was Surprised!) I resolved with two things, new chassis Batterys - (found one of two was junk). Next, after reading about many more experienced RV'ers installing a TRIK-L-START on coaches that do not charge chassis batterys from factory - I purchased one to maintain the chassis batterys. Super easy - problem solved. Best $50 bucks you'll spend ( if you find you need chassis Batt. charging/Maint.)
I was surprised also that a coach as expensive as a bus did not have come with a battery charger for charging the chassis batteries. The Trik-L- Start option is easy and works well
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