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Old 12-23-2013, 05:32 PM   #29
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I'm using the jumper cable to charge my chassis batt in storage call me a caveman

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Old 12-23-2013, 06:12 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by Flair30h View Post
I'm using the jumper cable to charge my chassis batt in storage call me a caveman
Check on the rig from time to time to make sure you haven't lost shore power and you'll be fine.

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Old 12-23-2013, 06:13 PM   #31
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Last weekend returning home with about 150 miles to go my dash warning panel tells me to check the information panel. That says something "11.4 volts - below battery threshold". So I stop at the nearest auto parts store and buy a 29 inch battery cable and connect the 12 volt hot house terminal to the 12 volt hot chassis batteries terminal and get home that way. After awhile I did start the generator to recharge the batteries. (the engine alternator failed) I do think hooking the batteries together to keep them up would not be a bad idea.
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:34 PM   #32
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Check on the rig from time to time to make sure you haven't lost shore power and you'll be fine.
It's next to my house on a dedicated circuit
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:46 AM   #33
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After studying this(diode, zener diode, overload breaker, wire and trouble) it is much better to go with the Trick-L-Start. They cost $45 to $50 plus shipping so it is no great expense. The peace of mind is more than worth this. I carry a portable generator and a battery charger (cheapies from Harbor Freight) for a backup system too. When I start towing a vehicle jumper cables will be a third backup system so I should be pretty secure. Thank Everyone for the info, it sure had been helpful.
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Another alternative is to put a outdoor light timer on the circuit and only charge for at set amount of time a day. I did this after boiling my batteries once. I set it to charge for an hr. a day and it kept the batteries right up. That was in -10 and colder weather.

My coach has a solar charger that I now have working and it trickle charges both sets of batteries. I just turn off the disconnect switches and the solar maintains both sets.

If you do connect both sets together use good connectors as suggested above.
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I have a BatteryMinder model 12248 in my garage with an umbilical cord connecting it to my MH. I have a couple of tiny voltmeters at both ends to monitor the voltage.

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