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Old 06-02-2016, 09:40 AM   #15
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Mike (Cavalryman), You are correct in your assumption. The new battery is separate from the rest of the coach. The only connection is the Amp-L-Start, which is basically a 12 volt battery charger/tender. Therefore, the boost function is not available. I figure that if this battery were to go dead, I could easily jump it from my toad.

In my case the generator was connected to the house batteries. I have come to believe that it just depended on what day of the week it was when they drew up the design.
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Where did you tie the trigger wire for amp l start into. I know you have one to ground, one to pos on battery. Where did you put the other?
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What would be wrong with leaving the house batteries hooked up to the generator.
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What would be wrong with leaving the house batteries hooked up to the generator.
Reason against hooking the two together. Electricity doesn't care which direction it flows through the cable. Leaving the house batteries hooked up will draw down the additional generator battery.

Reason for connecting both together. If the house batteries would have enough power to start the generator with a proper cable, then they wouldn't draw the generator battery down enough to cause a problem. This would simply put the generator battery into the house battery bank.

The image shows a 12v 'car' battery. Those aren't designed to be deep cycled like the house batteries. If there were room for another pair of 6v golf cart batteries, then hooking them together might make sense, but there might be other reasons to not do that.
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Sorry for the delay in answering. I've been on the road.

mriderLeon hit the nail on the head as to why I didn't connect it directly to the house batteries.

Pogo397, On my coach there is a terminal post just above where I mounted the battery. This terminal post was where the generator 12 Volt cable attaches. We relocated this cable to the new battery and attached the source wire for the Amp-L-Start to the terminal.
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