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Old 10-31-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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Winterizing/Trickle charge question

During winter storage, I plan on putting a float charger on the coach batteries.

My question is; if a float charge is attached to the two coach batteries, which are hooked up in parallel, and the coach main power switch is in the off position, will the house and MB battery under the hood receive the float charge. I understand that the main shut off to the coach, when in the off position, will limit the float charge from traveling past that point.

I have read in other posts for the Solera, that the batteries are connected (coach and MB) so in theory, the float charger should maintain all three, if at or near full charge at time of connection.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:01 PM   #2
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IM not to sure about your question since I am not familiar with your unit but To be safe un hook the battery cables and tape them up so the charger is the only thing connected .

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Old 11-01-2012, 09:28 AM   #3
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I understand that disconnecting would be a solution, like any any unit. But, I was looking for a specific response to the Solera. Could the E E at Forest River give us some input on this, it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:06 PM   #4
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The answer is yes and no...I have attached a couple scanned pictures that explain how the bcc works. It should explain what to expect when you put a float charge on the batteries...I have tested this before, and they do operate as descibed. Please feel free to pm with other questions, or put on here and I should hopefully see them.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:15 PM   #5
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Thanks JA for the BIM (battery isolation manager) diagram. After review, I assume then, and please correct me if im wrong, attaching a float charge to one of the house batteries will accomplish the desired result of keeping the house batteries (2), and the MB chassis battery within acceptable charge range during the storage period by utilizing the BIM circuitry.
I make this assumption because the BIM keeps the batteries all in balance. Also,I am making the assumption that all batteries should be at or near full charge, before connecting the float charger.

I also assume that turning off the main coach switch during storage, still allows the BIM to function as described.

I thought I would ask you here so all Solera owners can understand it.

Thanks again for the support FR gives to owners. Much appreciated.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:54 AM   #6
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That is the way it is designed.
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