Originally Posted by ga traveler
Bryan: I have worked on almost every make motorhome from a lowly Shasta to a Bluebird. I have never seen a motorhome that was trickle charged while the engine was running. You would be right in saying that if they start the generator the battery would only be charged by a trickle charge from the converter. Even that does not hold true if they have a inverter. Even the class B vans receive a full charge while driving.
Okay, sorry to lead this away from the OP's initial inquiry but I'm confused with what you just said.
As we posted previously in this thread, we have the refrigerator operating off the inverter while underway ...going down the road with the engine running.
Our assumption is that since the engine (chassis alternator) is charging the house batteries that it is a non-issue to run the refrigerator off the inverter while underway. However, we have heard that this is not a wise practice but we can't remember why it isn't. We also realize that not all motorhome refrigerators are plugged into an inverter outlet. We've been told that the alternator is strong enough to supply enough charge to the house batteries so as not to cause an issue while the engine is running.
Is what you posted saying that the engine (alternator) is in fact giving the house batteries full charge while underway? ...and as such, we shouldn't have to worry about running the refrigerator off the inverter while going down the road?