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Old 08-10-2021, 11:39 AM   #1
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Block heater circuit

I had to some work on my electrical system. I have a block heater circuit that I never have used, the cord is still zipped tied up so it's never been used. I left the breaker off all the time.
During my work on the electrical system I tried to turn the breaker on, it would not stay on. Checked the outlet in the back, looked good, not water etc but I did change the outlet anyway. Still wouldn't work. So I ordered a new breaker.

I installed it today and the circuit now works.



So if don't use and haven't checked your block heat I'd suggest you test in. Never know when you might need a working outlet in the engine compartment.
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I had to some work on my electrical system. I have a block heater circuit that I never have used, the cord is still zipped tied up so it's never been used. I left the breaker off all the time.
During my work on the electrical system I tried to turn the breaker on, it would not stay on. Checked the outlet in the back, looked good, not water etc but I did change the outlet anyway. Still wouldn't work. So I ordered a new breaker.

I installed it today and the circuit now works.



So if don't use and haven't checked your block heat I'd suggest you test in. Never know when you might need a working outlet in the engine compartment.
I remember when I bought my new to me coach in KY and was headed back to CA with it. The mechanic whispered to the seller of the coach, "well, I guess that block heater will never be used again". He was right.
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Old 08-10-2021, 11:56 AM   #3
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Good reminder to test things period. I don't use my electric block heater but I do use our Aqua-Hot block heat on occasion but not nearly as often as when we snowmobiled.

I have used that outlet for an electrical source before though.
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Old 08-10-2021, 12:13 PM   #4
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I have added a separate 100 amp battery charger and us that circuit to operate it. I boondock a lot so it allows me to charge the batteries a lot faster. This was another good idea I learned from someone on here. I always preheat my engine with the Aqua Hot just to make it easy on it, even in warm temps.

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Old 08-10-2021, 02:36 PM   #5
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The inverter I bought has an option to use a 25 or 55 amp charge rate. I only have 4 batteries. I'll have to do some testing to see how fast each one assists the inverter.

My last trip I lost the ability to use the inverter to charge the house batteries. I was dead in the water but I was traveling and the charged the batteries with the alternator. Had to cut my trip short.
Figured adding a second charging source couldn't hurt.
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