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Old 04-25-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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dead house batteries

My class c Winnebago Chalet has been in storage. I have had it out once a month or so, driving to a nearby campground. Recently I took it in and had the generator serviced. Now, I have dead house batteries.

Cause? Solutions?

I am new to rving and this doesn't surprise me, but it does. I thought that driving it as I have been would keep those house batteries charged.


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Old 04-25-2012, 07:35 PM   #2
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I have a winnie too and I think they don't charge unless the battery switch is on dual. You also have to make sure everything that drains them is off while stored. Once they drain and cold will kill them if not recharged right away.

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Old 04-25-2012, 10:32 PM   #3
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I'm a newbie and don't know what you mean by "on dual."

I have seen people who have their rv's parked in front of their home who run an extension cord to their home. I thought it was just to have power like at a campground. Now I think it was to keep the house batteries charged. Would that be right?
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:18 AM   #4
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Some of the Class Cs do not charge house batteries off the alternator. The coach has to be plugged into shore power or have the generator supplying power to the coach for battery charging to be in effect. Do you have and know how to use a volt meter? IF so you can check voltage of battery before and again after starting the engine and verify if the voltage increases or not on the battery bank for the house. Good luck, stay safe and keep us posted.
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