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Old 02-27-2012, 05:20 PM   #43
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The Trik L Start uses power from your house batteries to charge the engine battery. I installed a Trik L Start on our mh about 4 years ago and like it alot, it works great. Your house batteries get charged when plugged into a campground outlet or when using the generator, and the engine battery gets charged by the alternator when the engine is running or the Trik L Start via the house batteries if the engine is not running.

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Old 02-27-2012, 06:31 PM   #44
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Originally Posted by Easyrider View Post
The Trik L Start uses power from your house batteries to charge the engine battery. I installed a Trik L Start on our mh about 4 years ago and like it alot, it works great. Your house batteries get charged when plugged into a campground outlet or when using the generator, and the engine battery gets charged by the alternator when the engine is running or the Trik L Start via the house batteries if the engine is not running.

Easyrider, exactly......

That is what I was referring to in my response to Dr 4film. You do indeed have to have a power source of 120 volts to charge the batteries. The Trik L Start only connects the house batteries to the chassis battery. The house batteries are usually charged from the converter, unless an inverter is installed.

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Old 02-28-2012, 05:16 AM   #45
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Originally Posted by dieselclacker View Post
Richard, with no 120 volt power source, and no solar, where do the the house batteries get the power to keep them charged? The Trik L Start is NOT a battery charger.
This FAQ link will explain the purpose and operation of the Trik L Start Battery Maintainer.

Ultra TRIK-L-START Starting Battery Charger/Maintainer

I never implicated that this device was a charger. There are other devices on board a RV coach that will charge batteries, generator, alternator, converter. However, if your coach did NOT come with a battery maintainer, and you are plagued with having dead chassis battery(s), this device will eliminate that, simply and easily.

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The points being made are actually simple:

Is the TriK-L-Start a charging device? No

If there is no charging source (Converter/Charger, Inverter/Charger, Solar, Generator 12VDC charger, etc.) on the house side currently energized, will the TriK-L-Start maintain the chassis battery - NO

In the Trik-L-Start documentation just referenced above, refer to the paragraph "HOW DO I KNOW THAT TRIK-L-START IS WORKING PROPERLY?" where it says:
Note that during this test, your house batteries MUST be receiving a charge (from either your DC power converter or inverter/charger) - In the absence of any house battery charging source, TRIK-L-START will not maintain your starting battery(s).
So, in order to use a Trik-L-Start, you must have a charging source (110VAC, Solar, Generator charger, etc.) of some sort energized before the benifits of the Trik-L-Start can be utilized. If it did not work like this then the parasitic drain on the chassis battery would ALSO drain the Coach battery. It does not "steal" energy from the coach battery. It "taps into" charging voltage/current from the coach charging system.

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I recently added the TriK-L-Start to my Itasca Sunova "GAS" workhorse. The hard part was trying to get my hands in the small openings to install as the Sunove has the isolator connections in a very small box in storage bend over the LP tank. As stated two wires plus a ground is alll that is required. It will maintain but not recharge a down battery.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:29 AM   #48
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question about house batteries

Do you happen to know how many house batteries are on a 1996 Holiday rambler vacationer ES. Supposed to pick it up today and service manager said needed house batteries. How much are they, and are they hard to install? Thanks--Vince
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question about house batteries

You won't need the house batteries to take it to your battery source. The physical size and connections of your particular house batteries may be different from others. Have your source check to see if they can match what you have or would recommend something different. Unless they are on a slide out tray, they tend to be pretty darn heavy and are tough to maneuver into the right place.

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