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Old 04-27-2013, 07:10 AM   #1
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I have a 2004 Winnebago Adventurer. When connected to shore power, does the chassis disconnect switch have to be ON for the charger to work, or does the charger also work when the switch is OFF? And, is the stock charger a 2, 3 or 4 stage charger?
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:15 AM   #2
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It needs to be on. The stock converter/charger is a single stage charger.
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Well, I also believe it is a single stage charger. So, how do I keep it plugged in at a campground for extended lengths of time without it boiling the batteries? I don't understand it!
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You can keep an eye on the battery electrolyte level and add distilled water as necessary. Something else that works is to put the converter on a timer. Just get a timer that plugs into a receptacle and then plug the converter into the timer. When you come back to use the motor home, just over ride the timer with the switch on the timer.
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When I'm plugged in for more than a day or so, I just turn off the disconnect. Converter supplies 12 volts to the motorhome and the batteries just sit there.

I also have a 3 stage charger waiting to be installed....
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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It needs to be on. The stock converter/charger is a single stage charger.
They are 1 1/2 chargers. They work to overcharge the batts then quit.

Get a 3-stage charger and be happy-happy-happy.
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I have a 2004 Winnebago Adventurer. When connected to shore power, does the chassis disconnect switch have to be ON for the charger to work, or does the charger also work when the switch is OFF? And, is the stock charger a 2, 3 or 4 stage charger?

Out of curiosity What is the brand & model of the charger?
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:14 AM   #8
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1ciderdog, it is the stock Parallex 7430.
Hamguy, which 3-stage converter/charger do you recommend as a replacement?
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We have owned our Adventurer since November of 2010 and leave it plugged in 24/7/356. I check and top off the water as needed every 4-6 weeks.

During longer times of storage (two weeks +) I use a batteryminder, I use the battery disconnect and then plug in the batteryminder. I purchased a extra connector so I can keep my chassis batter charged also.

I mounted the charger where the rechargeable vacuum was located.
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1ciderdog, it is the stock Parallex 7430.
Hamguy, which 3-stage converter/charger do you recommend as a replacement?
Mines a Dimensions (I think). Can't provide any useful suggestions.
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I've ordered a Progressive Dynamics Intelli-Power PD9245 with built-in Charge Wizard and Remote Pendant from Amazon for $106. From my research on this forum and on others, it came out as being the best for me.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:37 AM   #12
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1ciderdog, it is the stock Parallex 7430.
Hamguy, which 3-stage converter/charger do you recommend as a replacement?
This is just one of hundreds. See http://tinyurl.com/ckzlgeq

Be sure to get one with at least 45 amp capability.
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