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Old 01-25-2019, 01:13 PM   #1
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Battery Charger Question

I have a Coachmen Freelander and I have questions about the "on board" battery charger. I have had the rig plugged in for 2 months and the truck battery went dead. Is there a way to check the charger? Thanks. Bob
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Old 01-25-2019, 01:29 PM   #2
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the Converter usually only charges the HOUSE batteries, not the Chassis(Vehicle/truck) battery(s)... unless you have a BIRD or BIM device which connects both - but that's doubtful, except on fairly recent coaches.
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We hadda 1999 DayBreak class A with the BIRD. It kept all the batts charged. The main solenoid wears and affects the engine battery. That's the only issue I had w/it. There are schematics, diagrams and parts lists available using search.
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I have a Coachmen Freelander and I have questions about the "on board" battery charger. I have had the rig plugged in for 2 months and the truck battery went dead. Is there a way to check the charger? Thanks. Bob
That is correct. If you want to keep the engine battery topped up you need to either drive it occasionally or install something like a Trik-L-Start. Which is what I use.

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I do like the Trik-L-Start, but I had a 1.25 amp Battery Tender sitting around so I plugged it into one of my 2500TS kitchen outlets, bought a SAE to SAE extension cable (same that the Battery Tender uses) for under $10 on Amazon, and plugged the other end into the SAE to Ring Terminal already included with the BT. The ring terminals, of course, go to the respective positive and negative chassis battery terminals.

It's a smart charger and does a great job keeping my chassis battery maintained.

Disadvantage? You have to unplug it when you move and remember to plug it back in when you store your RV

The Trik-L-Start does it all automatically.
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