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  • MikeBrown
    MikeBrown RV Repair Club:
    March 28So I have a nubie question. We have a new to us Tiffin Allegro Bus. When at home I plug it into 20 amp 110 volt power and when camping we will have the full 50 amp power. Should I leave the house batteries turned on or shoul it turn them off when on 20 am...  more
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    • MikeBrown
      Paul & Kay Legare March 28 Leaving on is fine.
    • MikeBrown
      Jim & Shelley Gallo March 28 I agree leave them on. The ac charges your batteries
    • MikeBrown
      jim roulston March 28 Every RV is different even the same models. You need to check the system with a meter
    • MikeBrown
      Jim & Sharon Ham March 28 Usual wire path is from battery + terminal to disconnect switch and then to a lug in the converter box where it splits into individual fused 12 volt circuits.  If you turn off the battery disconnect switch, most likely they will not be float charged.  But...  more
    • MikeBrown
      TheClearyClan March 28 Many or your RV appliances need the 12 VDC from the battery(ies) for their control boards. If they don't get the 12 VDC, they will not run. (Refrigerator, hot water heater, furnace, air-conditioner, slides, power awning, water pump, etc.)

      Bob
    • MikeBrown
      FL Wander Woman March 28 My first service call to a mobile rv repairman was because interior lights, fans, etc would not turn on when plugged into an electrical outlet. Repairman arrived, flipped on the 12v battery switch on front of my Lance trailer and said "that'll be $75, pl...  more
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      • MikeBrown
        daddysmurf180 March 29 Lesson learned , to be taken like that is wrong in so many ways . 
    • MikeBrown
      MRJohnston March 28 How old is the Tiffin?  Newer MH’s have a 3 stage charger, which you need to keep from overcharging the batteries.  If indeed yours is 3 stage go ahead and leave it on.   If it is older with a single stage constant voltage charger I would turn it off to k...  more
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      • MikeBrown
        MartiL April 1 :)  I love reading John T's explanations - so much so - that I mostly copy them into a word doc so if I ever need anything electrical?  I have everything possible covered.!!!!!!!!!!
    • MikeBrown
      Dan-n-Jo March 29 Yes, leave your house batteries turned on. Your system charger will take care of the rest. The only thing when plugged into 20amp service is you can only use 20amp before circuit breaker flips. Leaving battery switch turned on is going to maintain a charge.
    • MikeBrown
      John T March 29 Mike welcome aboard. Let me break your question down a bit to help you better understand: " Should I leave the house batteries turned on or should it turn them off when on 20 amp or 50 shore power?" 1)  The h...  more
    • MikeBrown
      Dan-n-Jo March 30 A bunch of 'IF' words in John T's post, the fact is that I have my parents 2001 Tiffin Allegro Bus owners manual and it clearly states that they used a 3 stage converter/charger even back in 2001. So there would be absolutely no reason to believe that his...  more
    • MikeBrown
      John T March 30 Dan & Jo, IFFFFFFFFF indeed he has a 3 stage charger ??? (per your post, thanks for the update) as I posted Id leave it on. NOT being there and NOT having a schematic or first hand info I have to use caution with any advice, I don't want to be the cause o...  more
    • MikeBrown
      MikeBrown March 30 Thanks to all for the advice. It takes a village. 😁
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