Originally Posted by DMezzoprete
Hi all, just had my new 3170ds winterized and put into storage for the winter. Both of the coach batteries were taken out and put on trickle chargers. Everyone once and a while I like to start the coach and run the engine for about 10-20 min to keep everything running smoothly. I was also told to run the generator, however I couldn't get it started because I assume the generator uses the coach batteries to start. Is there any other way to manually start the generator? It's an Onan.
You should also put a battery maintainer on the chassis battery. If you are relying on the periodic running of the engine to take care of the chassis battery why not just leave the coach batteries installed as the engine alternator runs will top off the coach batteries as well. Actually I think it's more important to keep the chassis battery on a maintainer since it is not a deep cycle battery that can better handle long periods of non-use.
I keep all batteries installed with a maintainer on each.