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Old 04-23-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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what is actually on?

So I got a reducer and a power cord running to the Rig. I know I have power to the stereo. And a few lights.
My big question is. Will this setup charge the rig and house batteries.

Thanks........ for your time...
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Depending on the type charger built into the converter, it may take a while to charge. If you are in a hurry, use an external battery charger. The coaches we have had would not charge the chassis battery.

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Providing you didn't disconnect the batteries, they should receive a charge from your converter.
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The Inverter in your rig is an Inverter/Charger. The charger function is active whenever there is AC (120VAC) input. I'm using the "charger" word rather than the "converter" word, BTW. The Inverter/Charger definitely charges the house battery-bank. It is attached to these batteries at all times.

Now, as to the chassis battery-bank: Does it get charged also? Like Ken stated above, my rig also didn't come with a "charge path" to the chassis battery-bank.

You may have a digital meter in one of your control panels on board. When the Inverter/Charger is charging your house batteries, the meter reading is probably around 13.6 VDC. If you measure your chassis batteries at something like 12.5 VDC, then that is your answer: there is no charge path from Charger to chassis-battery-bank. The favorite device out there to make this "charge path" happen is Trik-L-Start Ultra TRIK-L-START Starting Battery Charger/Maintainer
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Thanks for the answers.... . Now that you mention the meter I do recall the Tech. Telling us about it..... .
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The 99 pace arrow we had, had a relay and control circuit and would charge both battery bank from any available source. It would seem wierd for them to have dropped this out of a much newer same model coach?
You can check with a voltmeter.

My last mod was to install 2 digital voltmeters in my dasdh, mostly just so I can monitor THAT!
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All Fleetwood coaches have battery charge control panels that will charge both house and chassis batteries as needed, whether from shore/generator power or engine alternator.

The size of the shore power supply has no effect - the chargers charge regardless.
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Normally any time you have 120vac in the rig, baring a tripped breaker (Specific breakers) or a blown converter, it is charging the patteries "As needed" (a good 3-stage converter, if the batteries are full, STOPS charging, a poor single stage one does not)
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