Originally Posted by fdwarren
My FR Lex 265DS does not charge the hotel batteries when plugged in to local power. This caused my slides and auto-levelers to malfunction due to depleted batteries. My boat has a trickle charge that keeps both batteries charged all the time. Can a battery trickle charger be added to the main power system? Why isn't that standard?
Most if not all rv's that have a on board power system (storage batteries) have a onboard charger, now it should be said that there is a big difference between a low end charging system and a high end system. That being said most factory installed converters are the low to middle grade models (until you get to high end motorhomes) and if you are going to be spending a good amount of time off grid you will absolutely want to upgrade the converter and battery system the factory installs.
But this is no way means that you coach should not be charging the (house) batteries even to just maintain a basic amount of power to use the slides and the leveling system. So since you did not state the year of your coach/battery no one help with any battery conditions, so you will need to have your battery checked t see if it can in fact hold a charge, and if you battery can indeed hold a charge then have the converter checked for it's operation.
Ju7st to let you know with the factory converters not being the best most owners will have the need to replace them within a five year period for one reason or another, so it is not unusual for that to happen.
Hope some of this helps and Happy Camping
P.S. and yes last yr i had the need to change mine and yes it was upgraded from factory