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Old 06-30-2020, 09:20 AM   #1
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Cigar Lighter

Is the cigar lighter in the panel connected to house or chassis batteries?
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:44 AM   #2
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Probably the chassis battery, because that 12v outlet is likely standard equipment on the basic chassis before the RV build. You can look in the fuse panels. If in the same panel as the headlights and wipers, you know it's chassis.
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:50 AM   #3
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Hit the coach battery disconnect switch and test the socket.
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I had initially assumed it was connected to the chassis batteries , but>>>
No fuse found, disconnecting ground chassis batteries did not disconnect it. Disconnecting ground to house batteries did not disconnect it.

Finally unplugged from shore power, turned on the inverters and started running stuff. As voltage dropped on house batteries the cigar lighter followed, so somehow the cigar lighter is hardwired somewhere across at least 2 house batteries.

The reason I wanted to know is I purchased a cigar lighter adapter with 2 outputs and a built in volt meter.

While travelling I would see the voltage on the cigar lighter drift slowly down from 13.6 volts to 12.0V over 4 hrs while my voltage gauge on the dash showed a continuous 14V.

Assuming that the cigar lighter was hooked to the chassis I was concerned the chassis batteries were not charging. When I checked voltage at the chassis batteries with engine running I would see 13,4 volts while cigar lighter showed 12V so clearly chassis batteries are charging while engine is running.

I usually while travelling run the fridge, a freezer and some other items off the inverter.

I should have bought the cheap adapter without the voltmeter
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I don't know if this info will help ...or frustrate you further.

My dash lighter showed voltage on a meter , but wouldn't power anything.
12 volt test light barely glowed .
Eventually I found the supply fuse was blown AND , that a small solar panel that Newmar had installed for chassis battery charging was back feeding power to the lighter socket and giving me the volts reading , but not enough amps to power anything .
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I am sure that info will help down the line somewhere.

Originally the only things on the TS that would charge the chassis battery were the engine and or the solar panel. Not shore power or Benny.

The founders of TS were ex Newmar execs So it makes sense we have many similarities..

Thanks for the input.
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