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Old 07-12-2016, 08:52 AM   #1
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Shore power

Hey guys another question if I am plugged into shore power will I be charging my house battery at the same time ?

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Old 07-12-2016, 08:59 AM   #2
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It should. Converters and inverter/chargers supply house power and charge and maintain the house batteries.

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Old 07-12-2016, 09:13 AM   #3
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if you have your CHARGER on, yes

you may also to limit the Amps the Charger uses if you have less than maximum power, such as when using a standard residential 110v 20a receptacle. You can set
it to only draw up to 5,10,15,20 amps in order to keep the Charger and your other items from tripping the receptacle breaker.
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Old 07-12-2016, 09:29 AM   #4
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FWIW on a class C the Converter is probably not smart enough to limit anything.

You should be charging your house batteries but the storage switch probably needs to be set so your lights work with the unit unplugged. That way the battery is connected to the system and you are not just running off the converter.

You should also find out what kind of converter you have. Preferably you have a manual in that pack of paper they gave you. If not it's a lot easier to find it and check when everything is working and you are not in a panic. Many have fuses or breakers you may need in a hurry. If fuses pack spares. If it's a multi stage with adjustments thank somebody and check the settings. If not then you will know what you have and can figure out how to deal with it.
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Old 07-12-2016, 09:35 PM   #5
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James, consider adding the make, model, etc to a signature line. I found your info in your profile

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But it is a hassle to go look it up so the readers know what you are talking about. Given that I know so little about RV'sand there are a zillion different makes and models, I frequently will do a Google search for the model in question just to see what the specs are on it and what it looks like.

Depending on what year you have, you either have a simple single stage 120v AC to 12v DC converter, or possibly if new enough, a three stage (or four) converter. My 2007 View had a simple Parallax single stage and those run high enough voltage that they tend to cook the batteries, so you have to frequently check the water in them. I after seeing the horror stories about the parallax units burning up, etc, I elected to replace it with a slide out/slide in, replacement three stage, made by Progressive Dynamics. It charges weak batteries at a higher voltage then drops to lower voltages to maintain the batteries and operate the lights and other systems, and every 20 some odd hours, it goes into a desulfating mode for a short period of time.

Long story short, yes, if you have the house batteries turned on with the coach battery switch (usually by the door and sometimes referred to as a "salesmans switch"), then the batteries are being charged by the converter. When you are driving, though I don't know about yours, my View charges the house batteries with the vehicle's alternator. I discovered the other day, that while the charge/boost relay was clicking, it would not make contact internally, and the house batteries were not being charged by the engine driven alternator, just by the converter. Apparently this relay is a high failure item, and I replaced it with a better quality Cole-Hersee 24213 200 amp relay.

You may wish to investigate what converter you have (by make and model) and determine if it is single or multi-stage and whether you should consider replacing it or not. the people at BestConverter - Converters, Inverters, Electrical Supplies, Electronics are quite honest and knowledgeable and if you have the info on the converter, they can advise you on the best course of action, if any is needed.

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