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Old 08-11-2008, 04:25 AM   #1
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Other than using a portable battery charger is there anyway to use your coach inverter/charger to charge your chassis batteries while plugged into CG electric? If not what do need that I don't have?
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Other than using a portable battery charger is there anyway to use your coach inverter/charger to charge your chassis batteries while plugged into CG electric? If not what do need that I don't have?
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:35 AM   #3
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You may want to search the Monaco Yahoo Groups for your answer because it is a common problem with some models.

My coach has the type system that keeps both the chassis and house batteries carged so I really have not paid much attention.

In Yahoo Groups (there are two that relate to Monaco RVs) you will find complete instructions on the equipment you need and how to wire it. The groups will be a great resource.
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:56 AM   #4
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dmason,
You can go here for a tread on echo chargers.
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Old 08-11-2008, 01:45 PM   #5
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I carry a 4 gauge 25ft truckers battery jumper cable. Used it once between the coach and chassis batteries and the charger worked fine.
There are several commercial installations that will do the same fulltime that I am sure someone will advise you on. No experience with those. Also have read, but not tried, keeping the emergency start button pressed down will connect the two and charge both. Don't know if those circuits are designed for extended duty.
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:34 PM   #7
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This makes good reading Here
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:10 PM   #8
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Richard,

My preference to solve this problem is the echo~charge unit from Xantrex. Here is some info and some pictures showing the installation on my coach.
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:59 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the useful info in answering my question about charging chassis batteries while plugged into CG electric. Called customer service and they said HR didn't start including that capability until their 08 model year by installing a "Big Boy" battery isolator relay. So I'll go after an after market solution.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:01 AM   #10
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dmason-- It is much simpler to install the echo-charger in the front,driver`s side bay -- That is where the tech`s at Harrisburg install them, & that is where I moved mine to -- It stays cleaner, & does the job equally well-- The cables are marked chassis,house, & the white ground connection is there -- Bill Willard

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Our 04 Imperial came with a solar panel that keeps the chassis batts up.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by William Willard:
dmason-- It is much simpler to install the echo-charger in the front,driver`s side bay -- That is where the tech`s at Harrisburg install them, & that is where I moved mine to -- It stays cleaner, & does the job equally well-- The cables are marked chassis,house, & the white ground connection is there -- Bill Willard

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Bill is correct, the environment in the front run bay is much better than the battery area. I installed in the battery area and the connectors are already seeing the effects of battery mist and other unfriendly things. I'm moving mine.
There are 2 popular chassis charging units available, Xantrex Echo-charge and the Trik-L-Start. Functionally they are very similar. The Xantrex has 10A capability while the Trik-L-Start is 5A. Both have status indicators and both wont let the chassis batteries totally discharge the house batteries down. I have the Trik-L-Start and its 5A has been more than enough to keep the chassis batteries topped off. It is idle more than it is charging the chassis batteries.

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Old 08-12-2008, 06:42 AM   #13
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dmason...
Welcome to the Monaco Forum! Can I add the Monaco Forum Member to the left side, please?
As far as after-market ...I do know that the Xantrex Echo-Charger is what many of the "Monaco Men" here recommend. you can probably find where Robin_M got his if you read Robin_M's post-His place has seemed to be the least expensive if you are going to do it yourself...

We are glad to have you here...

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Bill is correct, the environment in the front run bay is much better than the battery area. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I agree. I just didn't think of that when I installed mine right after I bought the coach.
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