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Old 03-20-2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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I operate a 22 foot 1985 Coachmen Leprechaun class C here in the Las Vegas area. I often pull a 25 foot sailplane that is light but long. It has been great supporting my daughters activities at Dance, Girl Scouts and school. My soaring club has enjoyed the enhanced camping amenities at our campout on the dry lake bed twice a year and our annual summer high country safari to Tonopah, NV.

It is giving me some thought about a problem I have charging the coach deep cycle marine battery which is under the hood in front of the driver. The coach battery gets charged by the generator and shore power but not the alternator. There is a solenoid for the coach battery that is identical to the engine battery side in front of the passenger. I am unsure if this was a proper replacement in the past. it has two large posts hooked to positive and negative leads. There are two smaller bolt looking contacts. one has a wire connector attached to it while the other is left empty.

I wondered if anyone could send me a picture of their setup on a similar vintage E350 or advise me if the engine alternator should charge both batteries while traveling down the road.


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Old 03-21-2012, 05:28 AM   #2
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. Hope you enjoy the site. I'm sure someone will be along to answer your question and maybe provide a pic. Enjoy your travels, be safe and Happy Motoring!!!

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Old 03-21-2012, 08:44 AM   #3
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Hello Soarnrv! Welcome to IRV2. You will find lots of good folks here to help you out and answer your questions. Safe travels.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:14 AM   #4
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Hi soarnrv, welcome to the forum. Properly setup the alternator will charge both both batteries. Someone else will have to answer if yours is that way or how to do it if not.
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:27 PM   #6
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I have an 87 Leprechaun. If you PM me your email address, I can send you a copy of the original battery isolator wiring diagram. It might not be identical to your coach, but it should be close enough to figure things out.

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