Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-29-2014, 07:54 AM   #1
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 72
hooking up solar trickle charger

I have a charger that I used in my old class A. I had easy access to the coach batteries (via step that lifted up inside door) so hooking up the charger to the battery terminl was quite easy.

Now with my Class C Sunseeker, the coach batteries are in the same basic location (under the steps). But the cover is held down with two screws. Not very conventient to take on and off each time you want to hook up the trickle charger.

I'm trying to come up with some way to have the step easily removable. Has anybody else done this? Don't want to reinvent the wheel if somebody else came up with an easy solution.

johnlantz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014, 05:22 PM   #2
Senior Member
tmhyer's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 299
Maybe a long strip of strong velcro?

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Forest River Forums mobile app

tmhyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014, 05:37 PM   #3
Senior Member
Mikegjax's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Orange Park Fl.
Posts: 1,388
You can find screws with small plastic knobs at the hardware store that should work. I use a battery tender that comes with an adapter you can leave hooked up to the battery and route under the back edge of the step. You then can plug and unplug without removing the step.
2014 Solera 24R
USN Retired
Mikegjax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014, 06:33 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 956
I often leave the screws out and the step hasn't moved. You could cut off short pieces of all thread rod and leave them stick up through the step a little. Then just lift the step off over them when you want to remove it.
ATVer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014, 07:59 PM   #5
Senior Member
camaraderie's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1,895
I think that something like this battery tender harness might be adaptable as a solution as a quick connect device that you could install permanently on the batts then run the wire out a small hole for easy connection without having to unscrew the steps.
(Lots of folks use these on motor scooters/cycles to have an easy way to recharge without having to unbolt stuff.) Obviously, you could dummy something like this up with some wire and a crimp tool but this is so cheap, it is hardly worth the trouble.
camaraderie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2014, 09:41 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,264
You can run the wires through the holes in the back of the battery box to a convenient permanent place to hook up your charger. Just remember that they will be hot so have a way to cap the connector.

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Forest River Forums mobile app
2011 Sunseeker 3100
1997 Pathfinder Toad
RamblerGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2014, 11:12 AM   #7
Site Team
Kaadk's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 4,227
Why not just wire in a plug. I'd probably use something like this:

Just make sure the hot is shielded.
There's no use crying over spilt milk, unless it's on your keyboard.
Kaadk is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2014, 06:35 AM   #8
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 72
Thanks for the suggestions. The step is very heavy and not likely to move much. Some heavy duty velcro might just do the trick.

johnlantz is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:15 PM.