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Old 12-24-2012, 08:39 AM   #15
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Hey Pcurt, I thought the inverter was off when in storage mode. I can turn the inverter on/off when not in storage mode. Is there something else I'm unaware of? Thanks.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:51 AM   #16
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The solar panel is on all the time, if it is in the sun. No switch. But it only puts out five amps so it would not do much, and only work in the daylight. I would think. I can dry camp in and run furnace all night long, and run geny a hour in the morning and a hour at night and my 3 batteries do just fine. And run lights and 3 tvs and everything else.
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Turns out, solar panel is standard but solar prepping is optional. Think I'm out of luck on that one.
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Historically, factory installed solar panels are in the 10 - 20 watt range. For all intent and purposes, they are useless except maintaining batteries in southern latitudes with plenty of sun, no snow and NO drain on the batteries.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:22 AM   #19
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Most motor homes have at least ONE battery disconnect, The idea is when you flip this switch to OFF (disconnected, Store, whatever they call it) the House batteries are disconnected from most everything, Usually only the steps, if that, are still connected. And perhaps an inverter, it has it's own OFF switch.

The chassis battery (MAIN battery) may also have such a witch.

That said, though a good conditoin lead acid battery may well hold most of it's charge for up to around six months on a bench, IN a vehicle even six days is a long time without re-charging.

A 2013 SHOULD have a good 3-stage converter with bi-directional isolator, if this is the case, simply plugging in will solve the problem

if not.. then either battery Minder (TM) or Battery Tender (TM) products (Two, units, one for house one for chassis) and plug them in will do it.
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Historically, factory installed solar panels are in the 10 - 20 watt range. For all intent and purposes, they are useless except maintaining batteries in southern latitudes with plenty of sun, no snow and NO drain on the batteries.
Back in luck maybe, when I pulled the batteries I discovered a red and white wire with a fuse box labeled "solar prep". Sounds like solar is not the answer to keep these batteries alive in the winter but still would like to finish the solar prep. Does anyone have any experience finishing the prep? The red and white wires had no ends and no evidence of a battery controller anywhere. If it were just a matter of connecting the wires to the house positive and negative, seems odd the dealer didn't do that already. If anyone has incite, let me know otherwise I'll just wait and call the dealer when they're open next. Thanks.
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Back in luck maybe, when I pulled the batteries I discovered a red and white wire with a fuse box labeled "solar prep". Sounds like solar is not the answer to keep these batteries alive in the winter but still would like to finish the solar prep. Does anyone have any experience finishing the prep? The red and white wires had no ends and no evidence of a battery controller anywhere. If it were just a matter of connecting the wires to the house positive and negative, seems odd the dealer didn't do that already. If anyone has incite, let me know otherwise I'll just wait and call the dealer when they're open next. Thanks.
These may just be the wires for a solar "preparation" at the factory. Before continuing, check on top to be sure there is a panel. Then with sun, put a voltmeter to the wires to see if the panel is actually working.

Factory panels do not need and will not have a controller since the output is minimal. What they should have is a diode in the system someplace so battery power will not back feed to the panel. Once all confirmed, you could connect directly to the batteries or to a place in the BCC that connects directly to the batteries.
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These may just be the wires for a solar "preparation" at the factory. Before continuing, check on top to be sure there is a panel. Then with sun, put a voltmeter to the wires to see if the panel is actually working.

Factory panels do not need and will not have a controller since the output is minimal. What they should have is a diode in the system someplace so battery power will not back feed to the panel. Once all confirmed, you could connect directly to the batteries or to a place in the BCC that connects directly to the batteries.
I may have to wait til May for sun here in Michigan. Will try the voltmeter next opportunity. Daltran makes an inexpensive solar controller, think I'll order it.

Battery Tender® Solar Controller - Solar - Products - Batterytender.com

Would you connect to the chassis or house battery?
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Battery Tender® Solar Controller - Solar - Products - Batterytender.com

Would you connect to the chassis or house battery?
You don't need that controller, but it wouldn't hurt anything. Whatever you decide, I would connect to house battery. It will charge the chassis battery through your B.I.R.D. system if the chassis needs it. BTW, I'm in Michigan too, why I know a 20 watt panel is useless there
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I kind of like this.
New in Box Battery Brain Gold Battery Brain 333126 | eBay

Cuts out the battery when it gets low and has a remote to turn it back on when you need to start. Or you can get the cheaper version without the remote.
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Disconnect the ground cables from your batteries. That'll stop the drain issues.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:52 PM   #26
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Advance auto sells battery disconnects for around $20. They have them for regular top post and rv marine hook ups. They do go on the negtive side of the battery. They are the knife switch model. I put one on the chassis battery and the house battery and no more battery draining.
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We bought our 2005 Monaco knight motorhome about 2 months ago and our batteries died completely. Dh charged them up and it did it again. Then a friend came over and sat in the drivers seat and he asked why the key was part way turned on. That fixed it. We have alot to learn about our new to us Motorhome
I hope your problem is so simple.
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If your looking to go Solar than check this link out for advise if its worth it to you.
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