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Old 01-30-2015, 12:53 PM   #11
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I was told by Frieghtliner that only the house batteries charge while on shore power. I tend to believe it because when I first start the engine after it's been sitting awhile I get the low battery warning.

I used to get that too all the time until they replaced my switch and now it's all good. PM me if you have more questions and I may be able to help with how and what they fixed for me.

It is normal though that for the first minute after start up to see you voltage gauge go up and down and get the low voltage warning intermittent. It will do this because the coach is running through a series of diagnostics that require higher battery usage. But before you start the coach, the voltage warning should never be on but mine would be or even dead where the coach wouldn't start...

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Old 01-30-2015, 12:59 PM   #12
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All MH's have dedicated batteries (coach/chassis) as you say. The emergency start switch ties the coach batteries to the chassis for starting the engine when the chassis battery is to low. If you have such a switch then chances are all the batteries are charged as previously stated. Best advice then, contact FR (MH manufacturer), not Freightliner for clarity.

I did contact Freightliner. They told me that my motorhome does NOT charge the chassis batteries while on shore power. Other makes or models might.
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So Freightliner says no and Forest River says yes ?

Since some of the comments here contradict, I will go out tomorrow and measure the voltage on the chassis battery so see what's going on.

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to comment. !

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Old 01-30-2015, 01:06 PM   #14
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Ken it would not be the first time that same model RVs are wired differently.

I have the switch inside my coach that a few have mentioned. My question is why do we need a switch if they are already tied together?
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Old 01-30-2015, 02:57 PM   #15
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Ken it would not be the first time that same model RVs are wired differently.

I have the switch inside my coach that a few have mentioned. My question is why do we need a switch if they are already tied together?

They're only tied together when you hold the switch in. Other than that there is another switch that switches between both for charging that is in your battery compartment. That is the one that went bad on mine
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I'm so confused. I should go to camp fl
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Old 01-30-2015, 04:58 PM   #17
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LOL!! Hear ya!! I would have been too until it was explained to me when mine was messed up too. Now I understand it and makes sense

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Bubbles. Would the genset sharge the same as shore power?
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Bubbles. Would the genset sharge the same as shore power?

Yes

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If plugged into shore power, does it matter if the battery switches in the battery compartments are turned off or on?
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