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Old 08-02-2015, 09:32 AM   #1
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All 3 Batteries Dead

Hi Folks - I'm still somewhat of a newbie and I have a question concerning my batteries (2 house and 1 chassis) in my 2014 Vista 27N. Found out today that all 3 batteries had died. Must have left a light on or something. Was not plugged into shore power. (I've just moved from Dallas to Deltona and have not had my 30 amp shore plug installed yet). Anyway... I now have the coach plugged to my garage 20 amp wall plug with a pig tail on the cord. I'm pretty sure this will charge my house batteries but will it charge my chassis battery? If it doesn't, can I just jumper the chassis battery to a house battery to get her started and then let it run for a while to charge the chassis battery? Or should I just pull the chassis battery and take it to autozone to get charged? Thanks for any help!! This forum is pretty awesome!
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:38 AM   #2
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Go to WMT or similar and buy a $5.00 volt meter. Your converter most likely puts out 13.6-14.0 volts. Check both battery banks.
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:48 AM   #3
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And the answer is "we don't know". If plugging it in raises the voltage on both battery banks then they will all charge. If the chassis battery voltage does not go up put a separate charger on it then look at some kind of maintainer. Your battery will be happier than having you jump it.
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You can jump start your chassis battery just like a car and drive it to Autozone or other parts place and they can check it for you. How long were they dead?
Dead too long and they may not come back. Regardless, they will lose some capacity every time they get discharged completely, Don't forget to charge then once a month over the winter when you don't use the rig. They will self discharge without your help to stay alive.
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And the answer is "we don't know". If plugging it in raises the voltage on both battery banks then they will all charge. If the chassis battery voltage does not go up put a separate charger on it then look at some kind of maintainer. Your battery will be happier than having you jump it.
Thanks. Just thought that maybe someone would know off hand if the Vista was set up to charge both banks. I'll get out there and check battery voltage on both to see if it's charging. (I'm actually in Dallas right now and won't be home to Deltona until Tuesday)
I don't have a charger. Was thinking that if the shore power doesn't charge it, then maybe I'll buy the Trik-L-Charge.
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You can jump start your chassis battery just like a car and drive it to Autozone or other parts place and they can check it for you. How long were they dead?
Dead too long and they may not come back. Regardless, they will lose some capacity every time they get discharged completely, Don't forget to charge then once a month over the winter when you don't use the rig. They will self discharge without your help to stay alive.
I'm going to guess that they might have been dead a day or two. (the last time someone was in the RV). I usually have it plugged into shore power.
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And the answer is "we don't know". If plugging it in raises the voltage on both battery banks then they will all charge. If the chassis battery voltage does not go up put a separate charger on it then look at some kind of maintainer. Your battery will be happier than having you jump it.
X2, a dead chassis battery would take 6 to 8 hours of highway driving for the alternator to charge the battery.
A battery inter connect system for charging all batteries on shore power costs, so many manufacturers don't install one to save a few$$.

AND I see you were posting while I was typing. Boy I type slow.
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X2, a dead chassis battery would take 6 to 8 hours of highway driving for the alternator to charge the battery.
A battery inter connect system for charging all batteries on shore power costs, so many manufacturers don't install one to save a few$$.

AND I see you were posting while I was typing. Boy I type slow.
So the quickest / cheapest way to get the chassis battery charged would be to pull it out and take it to autozone. They do it for free and have a rapid charging system that they say only takes 30 minutes. And I'll leave the coach batteries to charge on the shore power. Thanks for all of the input!!
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While your at all this checking, be sure to check the water level (distilled water)in the batteries if they are of the flooded variety, otherwise you'll end up cooking them to death in short order.
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While your at all this checking, be sure to check the water level (distilled water)in the batteries if they are of the flooded variety, otherwise you'll end up cooking them to death in short order.
Yes, will do! Thank you.
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Your 27N should already have a Trickle-Start installed. My 2013 Itasca Sunstar 27N came from the factory with one.


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Your 27N should already have a Trickle-Start installed. My 2013 Itasca Sunstar 27N came from the factory with one.


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That would be awesome if it does. I looked at my specs and did not see that anywhere. Hopefully by the time I get home it'll be charged up. Thank you!
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In case you have one, here's what they look like .
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Hi Folks - I'm still somewhat of a newbie and I have a question concerning my batteries (2 house and 1 chassis) in my 2014 Vista 27N. Found out today that all 3 batteries had died. Must have left a light on or something. Was not plugged into shore power. (I've just moved from Dallas to Deltona and have not had my 30 amp shore plug installed yet). Anyway... I now have the coach plugged to my garage 20 amp wall plug with a pig tail on the cord. I'm pretty sure this will charge my house batteries but will it charge my chassis battery? If it doesn't, can I just jumper the chassis battery to a house battery to get her started and then let it run for a while to charge the chassis battery? Or should I just pull the chassis battery and take it to autozone to get charged? Thanks for any help!! This forum is pretty awesome!
TJ-you should have a MOBAC (Modular Battery Control Center) built in from the factory, at least mine does and it's a 2010. Here's the description and specs on it. It charges and takes care of all the batteries.
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