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Bruce H

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Yep, pretty silly, oh but you are serious??? Be sure the power is off at the pole so your plug does not spark and arc when plugged in. Down the road you should get an EMS/surge protector (progressive is popular) and plug it in first. Once it says the power is OK you can then flip on your 120volt curcuit breakers in the MH or plug in your cord, whichever you prefer. The coach and chassis batteries do not come into play here. Good Luck.

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You want to have the batteries 'on' so they can be charged up while you are parked.

 

If you didn't get a good PDI walk through explaining all of the systems, might I suggest you pay a mobile RV tech to come out and go over all of the systems with you and you video their walkthrough/demonstrations.

 

Barb

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Welcome to The Escapees Forum!

 

The only silly question is the one you don't ask.

 

You can leave the battery disconnects on, the converter will start supplying 12 volts as soon as you plug in. This will keep your batteries charged up and supply power to run your lights and other 12 volt loads.

 

Some if not most coaches do not charge the chassis battery from the converter. The house and chassis batteries are isolated from each other except when they're being charged from the engine alternator while the main engine is running. This is something to keep in mind if you have a dash mounted 12 volt socket or lights that are controlled from a dash switch - most likely these are on the chassis battery and you don't want to run it down if the converter isn't charging it.

 

When you plug into shore power, turn off the campground pedestal's breaker, plug in, then turn the breaker back on. When you unplug, do the opposite - turn off the breaker, then pull the plug. This eliminates the possibility of drawing a damaging arc while you're plugging and unplugging from the socket.

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Welcome! Don't be shy about asking questions, we all asked the same ones ourselves!

I personally leave the coach batteries connected when we're on shore power as that supplies 12v to the fridge, water heater, heating furnace. lights etc and if the shore power dies for any reason those systems will automatically stay on.

I extend the entrance steps and turn off the chassis battery so the steps don't go in and out every time the door opens and it stops some of the drain on the engine starting battery.

If we're not using the coach for more than a couple of days (for whatever reason) I turn off both switches.

Other people may have different ideas and you may find one way better than another with experience. In a very short time you'll be familiar with the systems in your coach so don't get too anxious.

Enjoy!

BnB

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Welcome to The Escapees Forum!

 

The only silly question is the one you don't ask.

 

You can leave the battery disconnects on, the converter will start supplying 12 volts as soon as you plug in. This will keep your batteries charged up and supply power to run your lights and other 12 volt loads.

 

Some if not most coaches do not charge the chassis battery from the converter. The house and chassis batteries are isolated from each other except when they're being charged from the engine alternator while the main engine is running. This is something to keep in mind if you have a dash mounted 12 volt socket or lights that are controlled from a dash switch - most likely these are on the chassis battery and you don't want to run it down if the converter isn't charging it.

 

When you plug into shore power, turn off the campground pedestal's breaker, plug in, then turn the breaker back on. When you unplug, do the opposite - turn off the breaker, then pull the plug. This eliminates the possibility of drawing a damaging arc while you're plugging and unplugging from the socket.

You can look for an aftermarket relay system that WILL charge the chassic while plugged in. Also can use a http://www.lslproducts.net/TLSPage.html, i used one very successfully.

 

Have fun!

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