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  • Chasing_RV_Dreams
    Chasing_RV_Dreams RV Repair Club:
    September 12, 2020I am suddenly having trouble keeping my rig battery to stay charged. It is less than a year old and hasn't been trouble before. The only thing different on my 2005 Tiffin Allegro 27TA is that we changed the house batteries to AGM 220ah 6v from liquid 6v t...  more
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      Jim & Sharon Ham September 12, 2020 The usual classic advice here is to remove the battery and take it to Autozone, NAPA, Advance, Pep Boys, or any of the big auto parts stores.  They have the gear to test the battery for free.  Be aware that there is a slight bias in the machine ...  more
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        Chasing_RV_Dreams September 12, 2020 Thanks for the input. I am concerned that the battery keeps drawing down. I can't find anything that is "ON" on the rig engine side. I've checked everything I can think of. I diconnected the positive side after charging it for a while so as to stop it fro...  more
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      wevchozen September 12, 2020 I have a Pace Arrow 38K and am running into the very same problem - my chassis battery drains down when at a CG even though hook up to 50 Amp.  I need to start the engine or generator every 2-3 days to keep the chassis battery charged.  I can st...  more
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        Dan-n-Jo September 14, 2020 We had the same problem, found the negative cable on the chassis battery became loose. I tightened it and have no further problems. However I have checked the voltage with a meter and in fact found that that battery after about a week loses a 1-2 volts. R...  more
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        Dan-n-Jo September 14, 2020 Why not get a professional to look at it, they can test you truck/chassis/vehicle battery and tell you if it is bad. The 'Emergency Start" uses the house/RV/deep cycle batteries to boost your truck/chassis/vehicle battery when pressed.
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      Bob Stirling September 12, 2020 My 2019 Thor Diesel couldn't get batteries charged on my 20 amp garage receptacle so we had to put a 30 amp 240v one in.  now charges fine.
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      Jim & Tarry September 12, 2020 Sounds like you need to check your ground. Have or get a load tester and check to see if the battery are good as well
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      David Leslie Jasper & JoJo September 12, 2020 Do both the chassis and house battery banks charge properly when the RV's engine is running? Same question regarding when the generator is running? Same question when plugged into shore power? Did you switch the inverter/charger's prog...  more
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        wevchozen September 12, 2020 Ok - that last question - not sure how I would do that, so can't say if I did it or not!  Hate to appear ignorant to that, but not sure of what you are asking
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        David Leslie Jasper & JoJo September 12, 2020 When charging, I believe AGM versus wet cell batteries prefer different charging voltages.  Most inverter/chargers I have seen allow for charger programming changes between the different types of batteries - the Xantrex Trace I used to have did and t...  more
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        wevchozen September 12, 2020 will do - thanks
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      Silvergreen Sig September 12, 2020 I would check the battery voltage before and during starting. Does the voltage drop noticeably? If no, there is a cabling problem. If drops well below 10V, it is discharged or bad. If your rig has a battery maintainer of any sort, it may have failed also....  more
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        Chasing_RV_Dreams September 13, 2020 The gen starts on the house since I have the chassis bat' disconnected and still fires.
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        Dan-n-Jo September 13, 2020 Yes on generator starting. Your house/deep cycle/RV batteries should in fact be the power to start it. The truck/rig/chassis battery is no different then your normal vehicle battery and it serves the exact same purpose.
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        David Leslie Jasper & JoJo September 13, 2020 On our coach, I believe the chassis batteries start the generator.  After some time dry camping (several hours or overnight), the house batteries will not have enough supply to start a generator, whereas the chassis batteries should have remained nea...  more
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      spike610 September 12, 2020 Check the battery isolator. Sounds like your engine batt is draining into house batts.
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        wevchozen September 12, 2020 Ok - Now I have know idea what that is nor where I would find it.  This kinda reminds me like when I was first aboard ship in the Navy and was instructed to go get the "overhead buffer" or the "turn on the cooling water ...  more
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      Chasing_RV_Dreams September 12, 2020 Where do you find the battery isolator?
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        Silvergreen Sig September 12, 2020 It would be wherever your big battery cables go and might look like a good size solenoid/relay or if it is diode based, then it would be a rectangular box with cooling fins and 3 post. It isolates house and chassis batteries but allows for charging both o...  more
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        Dan-n-Jo September 13, 2020 Need a clarification question: You posted you 'changed' your house batteries but your 'rig' battery won't charge. You posted you can start your rig using the emergency switch. I do not know how your rig works but my 'emergency start' switch is when my tru...  more
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      C & C & J September 12, 2020 like David said it could be your convertor not charging the batter because some batteries require a charger for AGM.   and wet batteries.   some convertors charge both type,  check the convertor to make sure it charges both types  
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      C & C & J September 13, 2020 agree Dan& Jo
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        Chasing_RV_Dreams September 13, 2020 As far as I can tell this converter does different volt and capacity so I think (not sure) that it is able to do both.
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      Chasing_RV_Dreams September 13, 2020 That is correct. House batteries are brand new a week. The chassis battery is only 11 months old baught from an RV repair company so it is new also. I have disconnected the chassis battery as to stop the draining down.
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        Dan-n-Jo September 13, 2020 Only know what my RV does. my chassis/truck/rig battery does not power anything behind the dash board of the motorcoach. Every plug, converter, outlet etc. is powered by the house/deep cycle/RV batteries. If your chassis battery is not charging it is most...  more
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      Dan-n-Jo September 13, 2020 wevchozen , I understand but many newer motorhomes (or RV) in fact do have an 'isolation' switch also called a battery cut off switch. My switch is near my main entry door and shows "USE" and "STORE" on it. Just info for ya.
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        David Leslie Jasper & JoJo September 13, 2020 Our coach has a toggle switch (one of four) near the front door that is affectionately called the "Salesman's Switch."  It is hooked to a solenoid found in the rear run bay.  When the Salesman's Switch is OFF, then power is shut off to many of t...  more
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      psantinelli September 27, 2020 shut everything off and put a load meter on the battery.  My guess is a phantom load is draining your battery.
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