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Old 12-03-2019, 07:35 PM   #1
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So very green

Hi All,

Iím as green as grass in July. I have a battery in the generator compartment and a disconnect in the under belly. How does that work? When should the disconnect be on and when should it be off? What, when and how should I charge the battery?Sounds dumb, but I had to ask.

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Old 12-04-2019, 07:27 AM   #2
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welcome! you will get many replies. and you can read the archives for hours if your search for 'battery charging'. it would help if you would post what you own in your profile.

here is my quick reply based upon my experiences.

you mention generator compartment. do you have a generator?

you should leave the battery disconnect set have the batteries connected at all times except when you store you rig. in this configuration your converter will charge the battery whenever you have 120 volts ac present (shore power or generator).

if you have a motorhome it is possible that the batteries may get charged from the engine alternator when it it running. you can also add solar to recharge the batteries.

another concern would be that you used the word battery. how many batteries do you have? and how will you be using it? always hooked up to shore power or boondocking? also you said the disconnect was in the underbelly that may be true but they are normally mounted in a more accessible place.

read the many many many posts about battery charging. get a multimeter so you can take 12 volt dc measurements.

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Old 12-04-2019, 02:56 PM   #3
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