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Old 09-14-2014, 04:49 PM   #1
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Battery Charging (w/out the fridge turning on)

We bought an Itasca Meridian 36M this summer and it has been great. We are not new RVing but we are new to Class A's and the residential refrigerator.

Where we store the RV we are allowed to plug in for charging batteries only. They even limit the amperage so that the circuit will trip if too much amperage is detected. I'm fine with that. However, our residential fridge comes on as soon as we plug in. So, how to I plug in to charge the batteries without the fridge coming on?

On a related note, the two switches up front marked Chassis Battery and Coach Battery are to just kill the connection to the batteries so they aren't drained by miscellaneous power sucker, right? Those switches have nothing to do with the inverter, correct?

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Old 09-14-2014, 04:53 PM   #2
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Drop a circuit breaker for where the frig is, if it does not also power the battery charger. If it does, then need to get more creative - maybe a separate battery charger used just when in storage.
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Old 09-14-2014, 05:03 PM   #3
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The plug for the refrigerator should be accessible from inside an adjoining cabinet or an access door outside. Find the plug and unplug the fridge.
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Old 09-14-2014, 05:27 PM   #4
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I forgot about the access door on the outside, I'll look there.

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Old 09-14-2014, 05:31 PM   #5
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Don't know what fridge you have. Some fridges have the dials for temperature setting inside and also have a setting for "off". Open the fridge door and look for the temp controls.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:36 AM   #6
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If the fridge does not have an OFF setting on it's controls, you can likely inplug it as already suggested. If that isn't easy enough, power to it's outlet will be controlled by a breaker (no problem if you cut power to another outlet or two when in storage). My breakers are under the side of the bed, so that's the quickest/easiest in my rig.
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Old 09-18-2014, 04:35 PM   #7
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Those switches may also disconnect the batteries from the charger. A quick check with a multimeter will tell.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:09 PM   #8
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hutchg,
You can turn off the refrigerator AT the refrigerator or at the circuit breaker under the bed. DO NOT TURN OFF the two switches near the door as they will disconnect the batteries and they will not charge.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:33 PM   #9
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hutchg,
DO NOT TURN OFF the two switches near the door as they will disconnect the batteries and they will not charge.
Not the case on my coach. I have only the house battery disconnect switch. I always trip it (disconnect the house batteries from all loads) when running an equalize charge on the batteries.
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Your fridge should be a Maytag? With a control panel on the left door? There are buttons to set the fridge and freezer temps? Hit the temp button for the fridge warmer (+) a few times and it will say OFF. Done! After a few minutes with the doors standing open (for ventilation), the light will also go off.
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