Leisure Battery/Vehicle battery winter maintenance

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  1. Warthog1959

    Warthog1959 Read Only Funster

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    A couple of questions due to my knowledge level becoming strained. I know that the alternator charges the vehicle and the leisure battery, but what I don't know is....

    1. When the 240 socket on the van is plugged into the mains, does this also charge the vehicle battery?

    2. I have 2 Solar Panels that I inherited with the van, when these are doing their job, do they also top up the vehicle battery?

    3. Is it likely that I can rely on my solar panels over the winter?

    4. How likely is it that I can overcharge my batteries. For my motor bike I use a charger that manages and monitors the input charge. Does these 2 systems do the same, i.e. mains and solar panels?

    The pic is of my solar panel controller. IMG_1603.JPG
     
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    What van have you ?
     
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    1994 Hymer 694, I think the solar panels and and extra leisure battery are a late addition.
     
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    A couple of questions due to my knowledge level becoming strained. I know that the alternator charges the vehicle and the leisure battery, but what I don't know is....

    1. When the 240 socket on the van is plugged into the mains, does this also charge the vehicle battery?
    most vans have an either/or switch, some do both. If it does not there are devices to fit that will charge a second battery once the first has fully charged.

    2. I have 2 Solar Panels that I inherited with the van, when these are doing their job, do they also top up the vehicle battery?
    Only if above mentioned device is fitted.

    3. Is it likely that I can rely on my solar panels over the winter?
    I rely on mine and if the van is unused they keep the batteries fully charged, but I am further South I actually use the TV a few hours most days.

    4. How likely is it that I can overcharge my batteries. For my motor bike I use a charger that manages and monitors the input charge. Does these 2 systems do the same, i.e. mains and solar panels?
    Both solar and the built in charger have regulators as does any 4 stage battery charger and will not overcharge
     
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    that's terrific help, Thanks VM
     
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