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Old 01-19-2008, 02:20 PM   #15
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Phrog,
Even though you want to mount the echo charge in the compartment immediately behind the battery compartment I think the photo below may be of some help.



I also wanted to keep away from directly connecting to the battery posts. The photo shows some possible alternative house and chassis attachment points. I also wanted everything disconnected when I turned the battery switches off. Don't know if my logic was faulty but that is the way I did it. Attaching to the relay below the solar panel was a bit tight as was the 12v house lug so I picked up the 12v house positive inside the solar panel which had a buss with screw down terminals. hope this helps.

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I have an '06 Endeavor but have not had any problems with the chassis battery charge since we bought it (2/06). Even after extended stays at campgrounds.

Is it a given that the chassis battery gets no charge while connected to shore power?
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:35 AM   #17
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If you bought the coach new, and haven't added any afermarket device to charge the chassis batteries, then yes, it's a given. (Not so with the Dynasty class on up.) However, it may take a while before you notice it. While there is a drain on the chassis batteries when parked, it isn't a large one; and you most likely would have arrived with a full charge on them.
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:56 PM   #18
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My coach came with an Echo Charge installed in the battery compartment, the battery fumes finally got the best of it so now I'm looking for a replacement. In the interim I'm using a cheap alternative I bought at Radio Shack, a HD alligator jumper. Only good for about 15 amps because of the small wire size and does require manual intervention, but other than that it works just fine for chassis battery maintenance.

My next battery combiner will be installed in the service bay or a protective enclosure.

The connections are easy; one wire to each battery positive and one wire to ground.
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That's an excellent idea Chuck. The battery fumes seem to get everywhere and attack everything. Thinking back it would have been simple to install it in my inverter compartment or even in the run bay and out of harms way.

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Old 02-05-2008, 08:00 AM   #20
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I recently install an Echo-Charger in the bay behind the batteries -- This is an enclosed bay & the instructions stated to install in an open space to keep from over heating -- Since I`ve only had it in cool climate,I don`t know if this set-up will work -- I live in AZ.so it won`t take long for a test -- On my 07 Camelot te space between the rear bay & batteries is about 4 inches -- I drilled thru from the back bay to the metal enclosed battery compartment, & ran a 1/2 in plastic water line thru the bays -- It was big enough to run the 2 battery lines thru -- Bill Willard
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Old 02-05-2008, 08:22 PM   #21
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Here's a photo of my Echo Charger installation on our Camelot. The battery boost relay provides the connections needed for the chassis batteries (left terminal) and house batteries (right terminal). The common ground post is just to the left out of the photo view.



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Camelot Camper -- I started to connect my charger the way you did, but 1st, I didn`t know if that would work, & 2nd, I would get a better charge rate when connected directly to the battery -- I do have the charger in the same compartment as you -- Bill Willard
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WW - The size of the wires coming from the batteries to the boost relay can handle the echo charger current as if the echo charger was connected directly to the batteries themself. The resistance of that size wire for that short of run is extremely low. Please not that most charger/inverter installation instructions warn against battery gases corroding electrical components, so I would make sure the hole you made between the two compartments is always kept air tight as possible to keep any battery gases out.

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You may want to consider "Trik-L-Start". It performs a similar function to the Echo-Charge. Cost about half of the Echo-Charge. Installed in about 15 minuets. I have had mine for about a year and it appears to work fine. I understand that Winnebego is putting them in their units. I got mine from "www.LSLProducts.com".

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LSL Products / LSLProducts.com - Problem-Solving Gear & Gadgets

Looks like it currently starts at $45
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