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Old 03-28-2015, 06:14 PM   #11
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Brian, i did have to start the chassis as the generator would not start off the coach. i only had to run the engine for a couple of minutes and the generator fired right up.
you're right about quiet and i think i would be ok to run the chassis motor after hours and not get in trouble.

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Old 03-28-2015, 06:23 PM   #12
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:53 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by KyDan View Post
A couple thoughts--
1- the on the wall battery indicator is woefully in-accurate. You really need
a digital volt meter. Keep in mind when lead acid batteries read 12v they are
pretty low on charge. We're talking a few 10ths of a volt between full and low.

2- I always recommend a little testing to try and find the culprit that may
be draining your batteries. If you take a digital multi-meter with amps scale
you can pull the 12v fuses one at a time. Place the meter leads across the
empty fuse holder and read amps. Take notes. You may be surprised to find
different fuses do have a load on them even tho you thought everything
was off.

3- There has been some discussion here about some dometic refrigerators
having a 12v heater strip between the freezer and fresh food door. It's supposed to keep that little strip of metal from gathering condensation. The problem is the heater is 12v and it can drain your batteries in a day.
Some have a switch to shut off the heater and some don't. Check your fridge literature and do the ammeter test as mentioned above.

Several of us here have added a little digital voltage display such as this one- New Brand DC 0 30V Blue LED 3 Digital Display Voltage Voltmeter Panel Erus | eBay It's sold by ebay and direct shipped from China. Mine arrived in less than 3 weeks. I added a push button switch so it's not on unless I want to see the voltage.

Good luck!
Could you explain how this meter is hooked up to the 12 vt. system? Do you just tap in at any convenient place?
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Old 04-07-2015, 01:13 PM   #14
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We do little dry camping so don't have one in the RV, but most sailboats have a 'fuel gauge' for the batteries. It is an amp hour counter and adds when you charge (up to full charge) and subtracts when you draw. Night can be tough on a sailboat, particularly when needing the radar. This would warn us well in advance when we had to run the engine. My work in an RV.

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