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Old 09-25-2021, 10:51 PM   #1
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Iím assuming my 04 Camelot does not get the chassis batteries charged when on shore power. To be sure is there a way to prove this once and for all. Thx
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I am under the impression that chassis batts are charged will on shore power. Either via the big boy or solar.

I suppose you could take a reading of your chassis batteries using your volt meter and then take it again several days later.
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I’m assuming my 04 Camelot does not get the chassis batteries charged when on shore power. To be sure is there a way to prove this once and for all. Thx

Of course. Pull out your digital voltmeter.


With shore power on, check voltage at the house battery bank.


Now, check it at the chassis battery bank.


Yes, you will see more difference if the coach has sat for a couple of days (which would lower chassis battery voltage if it is not being charged).


Should be a 5 minute procedure.
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In 2004, the common practice was to charge the only the house batteries from shore power. The higher end coaches used a device called the Lambert Battery Maintainer which fed the chassis batteries when connected to shore or generator sources. If you have one, it will be in the rear electrical bay.
The chassis batteries are normally charged from the alternator, and the house batteries are charged at the same time through the IRD and the Big Boy when the chassis battery charging demand starts to fall.

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Brett is spot on for sure.

Turn some headlights on to put a load on the chassis batteries just to be sure you see a difference between the banks.

Now the questions may be, should they be the same on your model?
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Check the voltage at the battery with the coach disconnected from shore power and check the battery voltage again after you have short power back on. That will tell you if they are charging or not.

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Check the voltage at the battery with the coach disconnected from shore power and check the battery voltage again after you have short power back on. That will tell you if they are charging or not.



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Thank you everybody. I will put my Volt meter to work. I donít think chassis bats are on shower chg circuit.
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Let us know what you find out.

My 2004 Monaco La Palma does not charge the engine battery while on shore power but that will probably vary from model to model.
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