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Old 11-09-2015, 10:24 PM   #41
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Sounds good. I will follow up with a test during winter where I store it. Always leave a float charge on the coach bats. This year, I will test the chassis bat during the winter, to see if it loses voltage, or maintains full charge through the BMC.

Anyone who does this, please make sure you know what a float charger is and use the right equipment. This is not the same as any old battery charger which will fry your battery if left on indefinitely.
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:56 AM   #42
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The boost feature is available on the Winnebego and Itasca MBS motorhomes. There's a switch right on the dash below the radio. Not sure why there are different rules for Forest River.
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Old 12-04-2015, 04:55 PM   #43
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The boost feature is available on the Winnebego and Itasca MBS motorhomes. There's a switch right on the dash below the radio. Not sure why there are different rules for Forest River.
Coachmen said Mama Benz won;t allow it.. I know prob a BS story
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:53 AM   #44
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Is there a difference between a Float Charger & A Battery Maintainer ???
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:04 AM   #45
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Float is a generic name and a stage of charging characterized by low amps at 13.2-13. Volts...to keep a battery topped up at 100% charge. Sometimes known as a trickle charger as well.
Maintainers often include some other circutry to "read" the battery state and turn off and on accordingly, they may also include a "pulse" function (which is totally worthless).
I've pointed out many times before that a fully charged battery with the negative post wire removed will hold its' charge in the COLDEST weather for at least 90 days...and likely much more and that most float or maintenance charging is unnecessary and just one more thing that can go wrong.

In the context of THIS thread I'd point out that chargers of house batteries which do NOT also charge the engine battery can be permanently compensated for by adding an ECHO charger. This simple device hooks to the positive terminal on the house bank and then to the starter batt. Once the house bank reaches 13.0V (from the charger or alternator) then it spills over to charge the engine batt & turn off when that is fulll. Cost about $100.


There's also a cheaper alternative called Trik l Start that works in a similar manner which I have no experience with & goes for about 50 bucks.
Ultra TRIK-L-START Starting Battery Charger/Maintainer

Note that both these systems rely on a fully charge house bank and so don't do you much good if the main batts are not plugged in...but can be the solution to keeping the engine batt topped up when you sit in a park for a long time with ongoing parasitic drains as is common.
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Is there a difference between a Float Charger & A Battery Maintainer ???
This might help.
http://www.batterytender.com/Frequen...tions/#answer9
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:51 AM   #47
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Thanks for the info guys !!!
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