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Old 06-30-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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chassis batteries

I'm trying to find out if the chassis batteries should recharge when plugged in like the coach batteries.
I have a 96 American Eagle and I'm wondering if something might not be connected. I also have a solar panel that doesn't work and wonder if that might be the culprit.
Any help greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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Typically chassis batteries are not charged from shore power. However some newer coaches have a battery minder installed that will charge the chassis batteries from shore power.
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Typically chassis batteries are not charged from shore power. However some newer coaches have a battery minder installed that will charge the chassis batteries from shore power.
Or their inverter does it through an Intellitec BIRD (Bi-Directional Isolator Relay) like our DSDP has.
http://www.intellitec.com/assets/pdf...-01000-000.pdf
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If you have a DP could be similar to this Bird system.
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Typically chassis batteries are not charged from shore power.
"Typically" does not apply here - it is simply a feature difference among brands and models of RV. All Fleetwood Class A's, including the OP's American Eagle, do indeed charge the chassis battery(s) from shore power. Some other brands may not, or provide it only on selected models.

he solar charger has nothing to do with it. Your coach has a battery control center (charge controller) that closes a relay to enable chassis battery charging once the house batteries are adequately charged. If the house batteries do not reach a certain level, the relay may never close. Or the controller or relay may have failed.

If you can't find the problem, it is a fairly inexpensive fix to add an auxiliary charger called a Trik-L-Start.
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Thanks everyone. Sorry for the delay. I will check into the switch. Also, I have found that when I run the generator, the coach batteries will go down completely after a while. I don't know if these issues are related or not.
Thanks again for the help,
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