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Old 01-08-2014, 07:12 PM   #15
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Mitch, you don't say what brand of coach you have, but our Discovery when plugged into shore power charges all the batteries only if the main and alternate switches are turned on inside the coach.

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As usual, an incredible amount of useful information. Thanks for everyone's comments. Especially Gary. Charging batteries is a major concern. My main reason for starting today was to make sure I could start the RV. Heading out to the Tampa show on Saturday, didn't want any surprises on the day of departure. I do know I need to replace all my batteries, like I said, I'll see if I can do it while I'm on the road. The original concern was if I damaged anything in the electrical compartment if starting while on shore power. I don't start just for the sake of it. This coming years upgrades will be to ensure that the coach power is stable, I like the idea of not worrying about if I can start the coach or not. So there's some major upgrades on the way to include solar and a few other things. Want to make sure that I do everything right.

Once again, thanks, this newbie is slowly making it through this wonderful distraction from my non RV life called 8-5.

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Old 01-09-2014, 06:23 PM   #17
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Hi Mitchone,
Are you attending the NKK rally while at the show? Either way (yes or no), go to iRV2 Social At The Tampa Super Show to learn about the iRV2 social at the Show. Also, go to Sea Turtles Chapter Rally Schedule to read about the NKK Sea Turtle Social at the show. It is the next day, same time and place as the iRV2 social. If you can, attend both events.
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You should not start any internal combustion engine unless you are going to use it with a load (drive it down the road) and heat it to operating temperature. Doing so does more harm than good, promotes condensation in the crankcase, soots the oil and lower the engine oil TBN.

Warming the engine prior to starting off is also not advisable. Start your engine, allow the alternator and oil pressure reading to reach normal and start off slowly using only moderate throttle until the engine reached operating temperature.

As for engine heaters, use them whenever the ambient temperatures are 40 F. or below. Doing so helps reduce battery load, lessens starter wear and helps reduce emmissions.

As for batteries, keep them fully charged at all times.

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