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Old 04-05-2017, 07:10 AM   #1
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Trickle charging batteries

I recently made trickle charging the batteries easy without being plugged in. I wanted the trickle chargers inside the MH without activating everything that is on when plugged in.

I ran a heavy duty contractor extension cord from the small upper compartment in the propane tank compartment under the chassis to the step well entry area. I enclosed it in the black plastic wire protector shield. In the well step area I installed a wall outlet and installed two 12volt plugs directly wired to the batteries, one to the chassis battery, the other one to the coach batteries.

Now charging the batteries is simple. I just run a normal extension cord to the plu in the propane compartment and then plug in the two 12volt plugs and the power strip the chargers are plugged into the outlets for them.

If in the future we have to run a humidifier we now have 110v available without plugging in.
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Old 04-05-2017, 07:25 AM   #2
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Great idea. I bought my current motorhome in 2007. (my fifth motorhome) I had to replace both batteries. (chassis and house) I bought two battery minder trickle chargers. My chassis battery is still good after 9 years. The house battery failed the load test and I replaced it last month. I still do mine the old fashioned way. I have to plug in both batteries and unplug them before leaving home.
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Very nice.

I went with two trickle chargers as well. I have them set up with eyelets so no need for alligator clips, but I didn't know whether there would be any downside to leaving the chargers connected 'always'. Both chargers have a clip connection so I have been disconnecting them when I unplug them from my extension cord while getting ready to leave my storage area and travel.
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