Originally Posted by Gene Delong
Ok...I'm new at this RV stuff. The battery that is suppose to charge in my 77 Itasca to run the electrical when the motor isn't running.....How do I know it's charging and how do I use it to run stuff like a tv or coffee pot?
In order to run a coffee pot off of your batteries, you are going to need a good sized inverter. For example your coffee pot may draw between 10 to 12 amps at 120 volts. If you have less than 120Volts the coffee pot may even draw more amps. I expect that you are going to need on average 1500 watts to run a coffee pot. The best dry camping pots will brew into a thermos type carafe and shut off after the brew cycle.
You batteries will charge whenever you are plugged into shore power or when you are traveling when the engine is running. In order to check you need to meter the battery banks. The batteries when charged should show more than 13 volts on the coach side (deep cycle batteries) and over 12.5 volts on the automotive side.