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Old 08-14-2022, 08:33 PM   #1
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Battery off or on to solar charge

Hi all, brand new geopro 19fbs owner with a very simple question. Is it better to turn the battery dial under the hitch to off when I want to charge the batteries? The dealer said it won't charge the battery if the switch is not set to on, YouTube videos say set it to off. Thank you!
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Old 08-14-2022, 10:15 PM   #2
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Hi all, brand new geopro 19fbs owner with a very simple question. Is it better to turn the battery dial under the hitch to off when I want to charge the batteries? The dealer said it won't charge the battery if the switch is not set to on, YouTube videos say set it to off. Thank you!
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welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. It depends on how the solar is wired to the batteries however I don't have your rig. On my rig I have my solar directly to the batteries so the battery disconnect has no bearing on charging. JMHO
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Try this when you are NOT connected to Shorepower or the TRUCK 7 pin...


use multi meter ... measure voltage at the battery posts



IF ....battery isolation switch is OFF and voltage reads 13 or over on a SUNNY day then it is safe to assume panels are connect before the battery switch and the solar will charge the battery no matter what position the switch.
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Depends on how the solar system is wired to the battery. Try Aussieguy's test as wiring seems to be inconsistent at times. My aftermarket solar is wired directly to the battery for example.

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Old 08-15-2022, 11:58 AM   #7
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From what I’m told every manufacturer wires the set up differently. If you have sun and your battery is charging with the disconnect activated I would go that route. Everything is shut down in the camper but the battery is still being tendered. In my case I cover my rig between trips so I plug myself in periodically to keep my battery tipped off with the battery disconnect deactivated.
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