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Old 10-15-2019, 07:07 PM   #1
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Question Secondary Interior Instrument Panel Question

So I'm not sure where to start, but we've decided to keep all house & chassis batteries (6 in total) in the MH this winter (our first winter w/ the MH) and keep a house extension cord attached to the MH with the belief that the inverter will keep the batteries charged through the winter. Since we have a cover on the MH, the solar panels will be of no use in this regard, but I plan to run the engine & genny each month.

Anyway, the attached pics are of a secondary panel near the co-pilot seat. I never paid much mind to it, but I noticed when I pushed on the "disconnect" switch, it cut power to an outlet in the bedroom.

So the question is, by keeping the disconnect switch in the position that cuts juice to the bedroom, does that possibly also prevent the batteries from be charged by the inverter?
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I believe it should, but check your volt meter on the house panel to verify.
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Thanks tmw188! Would you know if the house panel volt meter provides a read out on both the house and chassis batteries, or just one bank of batteries? There's only one battery read out on the panel.

I'll go through all the manuals I have to check, but thought someone might have a quick answer?

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Secondary Interior Instrument Panel Question

On mine there is a momentary rocker switch that you select coach or chassis to check the voltage. But it should be charging your batteries either way if you are plugged into shore power. I would just leave the salesman switch on.
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On mine there is a momentary rocker switch that you select coach or chassis to check the voltage. But it should be charging your batteries either way if you are plugged into shore power. I would just leave the salesman switch on.
My thoughts are it will not charge if battery disconnect is turned off. My belief is it works just as the older motor homes did. They had a manual disconnect switch which totally disconnected your batteries from all exterior sources.
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My thoughts are it will not charge if battery disconnect is turned off. My belief is it works just as the older motor homes did. They had a manual disconnect switch which totally disconnected your batteries from all exterior sources.


That’s only sources of load. The inverter in his coach should still charge the batteries.
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