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Old 09-02-2012, 07:11 AM   #1
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Trik-L-Start

With the winter months approaching I was seriously thinking about installing the Trk-L-Start to my 2008 Itasca Navion to maintain my chassis battery. Does anyone have one of them on their Wiinie/Itasca's? If you do, are you satisfied? Was it a hassle to install? Last, but not least, how did you run your wires?
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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Very happy with mine on our '05 Journey. Low cost, big benefit.

Wired per instructions to the solenoids at firewall. Others have installed in battery compartment to good affect.

Due to a lack of confidence in my electrical skills, I had it installed by a tech. It is not a difficult install if you know what you are doing.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:27 AM   #3
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Sir,
Not knowing what you've learned about your coach, I'm wondering. I was under the assumption that Winne had realized the "dead" chassis battery problem of the earlier years and had started installing the "Trik-L-Start" in the '05s or '06s. Now, maybe that is just the pushers or, just a few models and or years and they quit after a while, I don't know. Can I also assume you're going to install one because (1), you've experienced a dead "set" or single chassis battery(s)? or (2), you just want to keep from having a dead battery situation. Just asking here.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:04 AM   #4
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I installed mine as to not have the dead battery problem, and not having to hook up a battery mender to keep the batteries charged. I use the battery mender in the winter time as to not keep the MH plugged in all the time. This way all the batteries stay charged. 4 - 6 volts and 1 - 12 volt batteries.
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I use a small solar panel on my 95 Bounder hooked to the chassis battery,there is another panel on the roof. It's parked outside from late October to mid May.
No problem.
This is Newfoundland,summers are short!
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JIm, you might want to take a look at this short video of a guy installing one in a 2008 Navion:

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Old 09-02-2012, 01:22 PM   #7
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I use a small solar panel on my 95 Bounder hooked to the chassis battery,there is another panel on the roof. It's parked outside from late October to mid May.
No problem.
This is Newfoundland,summers are short!

That is the best way to go..you don't have to run power to it and it does a nice job of maintaining the batteries. All you would need is a 10 watt panel on the roof, run the wires down directly to the batteries.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:42 PM   #8
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The YouTube video was great. Thanks for that. I am going to go ahead and order one. I do want to protect the chassis battery from going dead so it is more of a preventive measure.
Solar panels seem like a good idea but are impractical in my situation because the MH will be parked under my pole barn with insufficient sunlight to charge the batteries.
Thanks all!R
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:35 AM   #9
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After looking at that excellent video several times I was just wondering what area exactly was the solenoid and all those wires located?
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:53 AM   #10
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With the winter months approaching I was seriously thinking about installing the Trk-L-Start to my 2008 Itasca Navion to maintain my chassis battery. Does anyone have one of them on their Wiinie/Itasca's? If you do, are you satisfied? Was it a hassle to install? Last, but not least, how did you run your wires?
Thanks a lot!
JIm
Before you run out and buy one be sure you read the instructions carefully. This system only works if you have the motorhome plugged into shore power or have an alternative source (battery charger) of DC current charging the house batteries. If you store your motorhome without a way to keep the house batteries charged it doesn't work.

While it steals a bit of current from the house batteries to keep the chassis battery charged it also has a sensor that determines whether the house batteries are being charged. If it doesn't detect the house batteries being charged it will shut itself off.

Here's a quote from the FAQ section of a Trik-l-Start add.

I STORE MY MOTOR HOME WITHOUT ANY AC HOOKUPS. CAN TRIK-L-START BE USED TO DRAW POWER FROM MY HOUSE BATTERIES TO KEEP MY STARTING BATTERIES CHARGED? No, TRIK-L-START™ only works when there is a house battery charging source (i.e., DC power converter, inverter/charger or solar panels) present. In the absence of this charging source, TRIK-L-START is effectively disconnected, and doesn't supply any charge to your starting battery(s).
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:01 AM   #11
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I have mine wired per instructions. Easy to install and mine is in the battery compartment.
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After looking at that excellent video several times I was just wondering what area exactly was the solenoid and all those wires located?
In the 2008 Navion, under the passenger seat?

http://www.winnebagoind.com/diagram/...ire_161792.pdf
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #13
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I'd like to suggest that you call Winnebago and get the information from then on your system. As previously stated, you may already have a Trik-l-start. I have a 2008 Winnebago product and though it is a different model then you system there were certain things that "had" to be done for the charging system and Trik-l-start to work.

In both cases the battery disconnect for the service battery and house battery needed to be left in the "on" position for my system to work properly, and the step switch needed to be turned off.

Before you spend the money, make the call. The worse you can get for calling is a "no."
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:41 PM   #14
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The reason I responded to your inquiry, JIm, is that we have friends who have a 2009 Navion and they didn't have a factory installed Trik-L-Start so I just assumed that you also would not have one in your 2008. However, I guess it's always a good idea to call the factory just to make sure.

I'm not sure if all Winnebago products are now equipped with a Trik-L-Start or not but I do remember that in 2006, they started to factory install them on all their diesel pushers.

And DH just informed me that he remembered our friends having to remove the passenger seat in order to access the seat pedestal where the solenoid is located. When I posted my previous post, I personally couldn't remember for sure what seat they removed so I inserted the question mark. DH confirms it definitely will be under the passenger seat.
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