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Old 03-18-2009, 01:06 PM   #1
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Freightliner Message Panel losing date and time

When I park my Winnebago Tour at home, I keep it plugged in. After 3 or 4 weeks, the Freightliner message center has the wrong date and time. Once when I first went to start the engine, it indicated that I had low voltage. The Winnebago dealer said I needed to take it to the Freightliner service center to have it looked at.

I thought that the Trik-L-Start that Winnebago puts in all of their newer diesel coaches would keep the chassis battery charged while I am plugged in.

Do you think that this is a Winnebago problem or a Freightliner problem? Is there any way to test it?

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I ran into the same problem. Upon sitting for awhile the instruments lost their settings. When I started the engine, even just after 4 days sitting, it said, "Low Battery Voltage." I got out the books and started reading. In my 2008 Destination book it says to NOT leave the unit plugged in for long periods of time. Doing so can be detrimental to the batteries.

Also, my book states that the solar charger only charges the house batteries and that the coach battery should have the battery disconnect switch in the off position. (I think this is also going to cause the settings to drop.)

I always turn off the Aux battery (house). I have also just purchased a "BatteryMinder," (12248) from Northern Tools and it is hooked up to the chassis battery. I also called Freightliner and confirmed that the chassis battery is a maintenance free "flooded" battery as OEM. The house batteries are not maintenance free and they are "flooded" batteries also. I add this piece in case anyone wonders if they have AGM, GEL, or Flooded batteries. OEM's are "Flooded" type batteries for 2008 Destinations on the Freightliner Chassis.

The manual also states that the "solar" charger will not maintain the batteries if the AUX BAT switch is left on because of the other electronic devices drawing current. I guess that means I'll have to reset the clock radios and other devices.

It does raise a question that I have. If the house batteries and the chassis batteries are both turned off, what keeps the other message center readings okay except for date and time?
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When I park my Winnebago Tour at home, I keep it plugged in. After 3 or 4 weeks, the Freightliner message center has the wrong date and time. Once when I first went to start the engine, it indicated that I had low voltage. The Winnebago dealer said I needed to take it to the Freightliner service center to have it looked at.

I thought that the Trik-L-Start that Winnebago puts in all of their newer diesel coaches would keep the chassis battery charged while I am plugged in.

Do you think that this is a Winnebago problem or a Freightliner problem? Is there any way to test it?

Thanks,
Not sure we have the answer, but will tell my experiances with my 08 Journey.

It came new and the date & time would not advance each day. We had to take it to a freightliner dealer & have the information center changed out.

From this point on it keeps time as long as I don't cut the chassis disconnect switch off. If we do, it goes back to boot up date & has to be reset.

My book also says not to leave plugged in, but the inverter charger manual says it is a three stage charger, so we leave ours plugged in. We have checked the voltage regularly and after it has been brought up to full charge, it always is between 13 & 13.2 volts. I think this is considered a maintenance charge.

Batteries are a little less than 2 yrs old, so time will tell.

I feel like some items in the owners manual may not be brought up to date or may be rules to follow on other models of RV's.

Just my thoughts.
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