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Old 10-22-2007, 04:49 PM   #1
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I have sufferd a battery failure of some nature in my new to me 2004 Dutch Star DP. Neither engine or generator will start. I'll deal with that in the a.m. with some Tech assistance, but assuming I come out of this either with the same batteries or new batteries, what specific equipment do I need to plug the unit into a 110v outlet found within my storage barn to ensure the batteries maintain a charge. If you have specific part/ names of what I need, I would appreciate it. All was well a few days ago, then Saturday....not enough to start. I may have left something on. Should find out tomorrow when I have a Tech. over.

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Old 10-22-2007, 04:49 PM   #2
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Hello:

Newbie needs help !

I have sufferd a battery failure of some nature in my new to me 2004 Dutch Star DP. Neither engine or generator will start. I'll deal with that in the a.m. with some Tech assistance, but assuming I come out of this either with the same batteries or new batteries, what specific equipment do I need to plug the unit into a 110v outlet found within my storage barn to ensure the batteries maintain a charge. If you have specific part/ names of what I need, I would appreciate it. All was well a few days ago, then Saturday....not enough to start. I may have left something on. Should find out tomorrow when I have a Tech. over.

Thanks.

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Old 10-22-2007, 05:27 PM   #3
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50amp to 30amp dogbone with 30amp to 15 or 20amp adapter.Any rv outlet has them.

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Old 10-23-2007, 01:28 AM   #4
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IF you are storing the coach and do not have 120 volt power you should be able to turn off the batteries at the disconnects. Be sure to check the water in the batteries every month. You should not have to add water every month but by checking on them you will extend their life greatly.
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:20 AM   #5
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For an example of the adapters Jarhead is talking about go here

If your coach has a 50 AMP cord, you may need to buy two adapters. The first gets you from 50 to 30 AMPS and the second gets you from 30 to 15 AMPS. If you are unsure, give RV UPGRADES ad call and they can walk you through it.
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:37 AM   #6
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Did you try using the emergancy start switch on the dash? That allows the coach batteries to help your chassis batteries.

Do you have a 2000 watt or better inverter/charger? If you do and left the coach unplugged for some time AND if you had 120v appliances plugged in or left on, then that would drain the coach batteries.

If you left basement lights on that would drain your chassis batteries.

Did you forget to turn the "Battery OFF" switch to "off" when you store.

Does your fridge have a battery setting? If so, was the fridge left running?

Do you have a basement freezer? Was it left on?

Do you check the water level in your coach batteries on a regular basis - like monthly?

Any or all of these could have contributed.
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