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Old 07-17-2016, 11:06 AM   #1
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Class C Battery question

We have a new Sunseeker Class C 2430 GTS. Getting ready for a 3 week trip. Previously owned two Class B's and a Class C so we are not totally newbies. I have searched my manual and this forum but can't find the answer to this basic question:

Will our house batteries be charged by the chassis (Ford 450) as we drive? And will the generator charge them when we are dry camping?

We have a battery charger that we could bring along but not sure if we need it.

We just charged up the house batteries and they are full (now).

Thank you in advance. I have learned many things from this forum!
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Old 07-17-2016, 11:25 AM   #2
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Assuming everything works as designed, yes and yes. House batteries should be charged while you drive and should be charged whenever you have 120 volts ( generator or shore power) to the unit.
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Old 07-17-2016, 11:50 AM   #3
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That is the way it is supposed to work. I am a belt and suspenders guy so I bring a portable charger as well as my solar panels.

Just for the record, the generator charges the house batteries via the on board converter/charger the same way it does it via 120 volt power.

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Old 07-17-2016, 01:22 PM   #4
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Thank You! This helped us immensely! Our last "new" RV was a 2000 Class B van. Seems like the newer technologies have us a bit confused!
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:03 PM   #5
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I believe the battery cut off switch by the door needs to be in the on position. As it would be while camping.
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Old 07-17-2016, 07:44 PM   #6
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I believe the battery cut off switch by the door needs to be in the on position. As it would be while camping.

Maybe... On my current unit I am not sure, need to check. I know that the solar panels will charge the batteries even with the battery switch off. Not sure about the converter and engine.

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Yes if installed correctly solar panels should be directly wired to batteries from controller. So battery cut off switch does not affect solar charging.
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May I suggest you bring a simple voltmeter with you to test the charging sytem any time. Just touch the leads to the battery terminals when you think you should be charging and you should see at LEAST 13.2 volts... anything less and you're not charging.
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Old 07-18-2016, 07:58 PM   #9
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battery switch by door must be in the on position to charge your batteries while driving. If the switch is in the off position then you will be charging your truck battery.

I find it easy to remember to turn the battery switch on and off as all the TVs and appliances light up otherwise they don't when the battery switch is in the off position.

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