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Old 11-04-2015, 07:11 AM   #15
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Didn't disagree with anybody that has just not been things that I've experience. If an alternator is being asked to deliver it's maximum output to charge a battery that won't accept the charge I would not use the word overload or short to describe it. Yes the long term effects on that battery will not be good.

If the control circuit in an alternator fails and the alternator output is not controlled then that's a concern.

I do appreciate the discussion and information. You are never to old to gain new knowledge.

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Old 11-04-2015, 07:32 AM   #16
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I've worked and taught this stuff for 35 years.


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I think he is absolutely correct! I have been in electronics for 55 years . . . . . ?

Oh yeah?!? Well I've had a motor home for 95 years!!! . . . wait, no, maybe 1 year . . . . . . . . okay, maybe I'm not an expert on this subject . . .

but GREAT post and responses. Almost makes me want to put a spare alternator in the coach! Along with the water pump, v-belts, fuel filters, ad infinitum!

Oh, and before anyone gets their knickers in a twist, the first part of this post was supposed to be humorous.
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Just one of the little challenges of RV'ing! Glad you got it going!
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All of a sudden I am hearing banjos.
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this post and the related responses were the exact reason I check the rv forum daily...........excellent information...................

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Old 11-04-2015, 11:33 AM   #20
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The advice about the generator is good. several decades ago we were returning from Florida. We had planned to spend the night in Valdosta but when we got there my wife said we are only 4 hours from home, lets just go on home. Of course she is the boss, so I said O.K. Just above Adel, I noticed the lights were dimming. My son-in-law was driving. I went forward and looked at the volt meter. we were down to 11 volts. I started the generator and shutoff all power except the headlights and the dash air conditioner. We drove home the last two hours with the generator charging the batteries through the converter. When we got home the voltmeter was showing 13 volts.
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Let me add a bit to the story:

When the repair truck showed up three folks got out, 1. the owner with a strong Georgia accent, but I could understand 80% of what he was telling me, missing a few teeth. 2. his 10 year old son that wanted to touch every button in sight and had a haircut like someone put a short bowl on his head a week ago and shaved everything on down. 3. the helper, which had such a strong Georgia accent I only understood 25% of what he said. That was when I started hearing banjos. I was a little reluctant to add this as in the end the owner bent over backwards to help and only charged for a road service call plus 2 hours and parts when he actually spent at least 6 hours on a Sunday to help us.

Still, the alternator and new belt cost us $550 plus a night at the motel.
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GREAT STORY. THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH GOOD HEARTS NO MATTER WHERE YOU TRAVEL.
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these are GREAT stories and I am sittin here rollin with laughter. Thanks for the fun.
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What, may I ask is wrong with banjos? I guess you're into gangsta rap.
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What, may I ask is wrong with banjos? I guess you're into gangsta rap.
Actually I love banjos, one of my favorite XM stations is the bluegrass channel. I take it you haven't seen the old 1972 Burt Reynolds movie "Deliverance" have you? The song dueling banjos came from the movie. Some pretty upsetting scenes on their river canoe trip. Hence the bumper sticker "paddle faster, I hear banjos".

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