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Old 08-01-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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Start batteries run low

I have a 2002 Fleetwood Expedition, with 4 house & 2 start batteries. It has a 200 watt solar panel with Atkins 30amp charger, a Combi Freedom 2000 watt inverter/charger. After the RV sits for a few days the start batteries are too low to start the engine (5.9), even when it is plugged in. Do I need to let the inverter on all the time? Or could I run an extra wire from the solar panel to the start batteries?
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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I don't believe that Fleetwood's of that year had a way to charge the start batteries when plugged into shore power. You're going to need to install something like a TRIK-L-START or something similar. Also, Be sure to get a full charge on your start batteries. They should not discharge in just a few days. A current draw check on the start batteries with the coach shut down would be a good idea
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:18 PM   #3
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Drained to the point of no start in a few days, I'd have those batteries tested , normal would be 2 to 3 weeks.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:58 PM   #4
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Engine batteries are likely not charged by design. And sounds like the batteries may be on the wane.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:59 PM   #5
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We have a 2005 Horizon class A dp. Our starting batteries do not charge On shore power. We purchased a dual Bank Battery Minder. One Bank hooks to the1st battery Of your starting batteries, the other Bank to the 1st battery Of your house batteries, plug into a Coach power outlet and plug your Coach to your home power. The batteries will charge In sequence and the unit will also condition your batteries. we have done this For 4years and never had a problem. I would also have your batteries tested first as they should last more than
5_6 days
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:11 AM   #6
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I have a '99 Tropical. The chassis battery ("start" battery) does not charge on shore power. There is a theft alarm which a PO installed which I can neither disconnect nor shut off. Attempting to disconnect it will kill the ignition for the engine. It alone will drain the chassis battery in a week or so. Also, I believe the steps have an idle drain on the battery. Someday, I'll find time and motivation to fix these problems. Until then, I use a knife-blade disconnect switch on the chassis battery to retain it's charge between uses. I will disconnect it if the coach is going to be sitting for two days or more. A cheap and easy temporary fix.
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Hey thanks for all the replies, the more I read & looking at the owners manual, the start batteries don't get charged.
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Not knowing or finding much about your solar charge controller. A change to a controller that will charge both house and chassis batteries may be a consideration.

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Morningstar Corporation SunSaver Duo
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Hey thanks for all the replies, the more I read & looking at the owners manual, the start batteries don't get charged.
So? Install either a disconnect switch or a proper maintainer/charger. While you're at it, check to see of there is a drain on your battery when everything is turned off.

I know mine has a drain, just haven't figured out how to stop it. ;(
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Hey thanks for all the replies, the more I read & looking at the owners manual, the start batteries don't get charged.
You would think they would be charged.
My older Fleetwood 99 D has a BIRD OEM system that charges the start/chassis batteries while being on shore power.
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