Originally Posted by Loochy
Hi, I am new to this forum and new to owing a Class A Motorhome. I just recently replaced my Class C with a 2002 35 ft. Class A Holiday Rambler Vacationer. My Class C was a relatively plain model, no slides or generator, but enjoyed our time with it however we knew it was time to move on to upgrade somewhat.
I have read the manuals on the new unit, and they are somewhat overwelming compared to our previous unit. One of my first questions on this forum is related to the Freedom Combi Inverter/Charger. Can someone tell me whether I can leave the motorhome plugged into a 120v garage outlet and not have to worry about over charging the 4/six v batteries in the coach? I also have one battery for the main engine start and other accessories eg/electic step ect. I live in part of Canada that sees extreme cold winters and I use to take the batteries out of our Class C for the winter as it was simple to do. However this one seems more complicated.
My coach has the Freedom 20 (2000 watt) Combi inverter/charger.
My coach is always plugged in unless we are on the road or boondocking and has been for all of the 14 years I've owned it.
If the adjustable charge settings
of the Freedom Combi are set properly
for the house batteries in your coach.... your inverter/charger will not overcharge those house batteries.
BTW not all coaches are wired so that the inverter/charger charges the chassis battery, (aka: "the main engine start battery").
Some folks add an accessory charger, (like a Trik-L-Start or Echo Charger), to keep the chassis battery up when connected to shore power.
(However I have found that a add on charger is NOT necessary).
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