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Old 07-06-2016, 05:11 PM   #1
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Hello all,

In a few days I will be picking up our new Berk and I have a few question so:


1- Do I need to run the genset while driving to use the fridge as I afraid to run down the house batteries or does the residential refrigerator run on propane also?

2- How do I charge the house batteries while on the way other than running the genset? I have a 2100 miles run from Michigan to CA and I will not stop at campgrounds. I will either pull at truck stops or Walmarts to sleep, so no way to plug in. I think the alternator will only charge the chassis batteries not the house, but I could be wrong. I have the same inverter on my boat and it charges the batteries when hooked up to shore power. is this the same with the Berk or is there a separate charger to charge the house batteries?

3- Will I have enough DEF to make the trip. I understand I can get it at truck stops, but I am just curious. Is there a gauge on the dash to indicate levels or must I physically check the DEF tank. I know not to let it go down too low.

4-is there a break-period? I will not be setting speed records but I hope to be running around 65 mph, road and road condition permitting of course so that should give the coach a nice break in.

5-how good are the headlight? I may start early in the am

6-is there AC at the dash like in cars or do I have to to use the coach Roof AC system? Weather next week seems to be in the 90's on my route. If that's the case then that will answer some of my previous questions.

7- how do I get propane tank refilled? I exchange my barbecue tanks at Lowe's, some gas stations have a propane fill stations, but usually near the tire inflation set up and not much room to maneuver a 41' behemoth. Do truck stops have propane?

I am probably a million more questions as this is my first MH, but I will stop there for now.

Thank you in advance for your assistance
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:14 PM   #2
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:37 PM   #3
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I won't touch this one with a ten foot pole

You don't have a ten foot pole. Lol
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Ok I will answer as many as I remember.
You will have plenty of DEF as long as it is full.
The gen will charge the house battery.
The fridge will run about 12 hours on batteries.
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:42 PM   #5
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You shouldn't need LP on your trip home. Just find a place that has room. Most truck stops have LP
65 should be a good speed for BI
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You will want to run the gen when it's that hot to run the AC. If you are alone the dash air might keep you cool.
I have a 2011 and the headlights suck huge. I have heard lots of complaints on the 15-16's also.
Have a good trip.
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I'm going to send you a PM that might be helpful on your trip. Check your messages.
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Old 07-06-2016, 06:04 PM   #8
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Hello all,



In a few days I will be picking up our new Berk and I have a few question so:





1- Do I need to run the genset while driving to use the fridge as I afraid to run down the house batteries or does the residential refrigerator run on propane also?



2- How do I charge the house batteries while on the way other than running the genset? I have a 2100 miles run from Michigan to CA and I will not stop at campgrounds. I will either pull at truck stops or Walmarts to sleep, so no way to plug in. I think the alternator will only charge the chassis batteries not the house, but I could be wrong. I have the same inverter on my boat and it charges the batteries when hooked up to shore power. is this the same with the Berk or is there a separate charger to charge the house batteries?



3- Will I have enough DEF to make the trip. I understand I can get it at truck stops, but I am just curious. Is there a gauge on the dash to indicate levels or must I physically check the DEF tank. I know not to let it go down too low.



4-is there a break-period? I will not be setting speed records but I hope to be running around 65 mph, road and road condition permitting of course so that should give the coach a nice break in.



5-how good are the headlight? I may start early in the am



6-is there AC at the dash like in cars or do I have to to use the coach Roof AC system? Weather next week seems to be in the 90's on my route. If that's the case then that will answer some of my previous questions.



7- how do I get propane tank refilled? I exchange my barbecue tanks at Lowe's, some gas stations have a propane fill stations, but usually near the tire inflation set up and not much room to maneuver a 41' behemoth. Do truck stops have propane?



I am probably a million more questions as this is my first MH, but I will stop there for now.



Thank you in advance for your assistance

1--set you controller to "inverter on". Frig does not have LP. You do not need to run the generator for the frig while driving. Alternator should keep everything charged up.

2--the alternator will charge all batteries When you get to Walmart run your generator for as long as you can. If your batteries are full charged you should make it most all night. If not your frig still be ok.

3--DEF if full will make it just fine--there is a gauge on the dash and also a gauge on the DEF tank

4--these new motors are broke in at the factory. Drive it like you stole it. Lol. I still like to take them easy for the first 1000 mile or so. But 65 or 70 no problem.

5--don't drive much at night so I really don't remember. Think mine junk tho ??

6--if your the only one in the coach the dash air might be OK?? But running the generator and shutting off the dash air is probably about a wash as far as fuel is concerned. Generator need to be run on a regular basis anyway.

7--flying J and some truck stops have LP. easy to get to. I used one tank full from Nov to April. And lived in the coach 110 days. So you won't use much. Should be full from dealer.

Just a note: if your frig does not come with a door lock make sure to Velcro or strap the frig doors together. I've never had an issue with my freezer door.

Have a safe trip and enjoy the Berkshire.

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Here's some answers that will might help a little:

- while driving, the alternator will charge the chassis batteries first, then the house batteries secondary. (You will know it's charging house batteries because the )

- when on shore power it is the opposite, it charges house batteries first, then chassis batteries secondary.

- there is a DEF level indicator in the cab. It is on the gas gauge and will have green bars that indicate the level.

- a full tank of DEF should last about 3 full ups of diesel.

- headlights are not the greatest stock. I'm not sure if they have changed a significant amount from my year (2014). I upgraded to Sylvania ultras because I had a tough time seeing at night with stock bulbs. I'm sure others with newer coaches will chime in on this issue.

- there is dash A/C and heat in the cab that works really well for the two passengers up front. Anyone who is sitting behind you will not be able to feel it. You will need to run genset and run roof A/C if passengers are hot.


- propane can be refilled at a lot of places. Most places are set up for Mohos to pull in and be filled. It's as simple as googling RV propane refill station I'm sure tons will come up in your area.

Congrats on the rig!
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