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  1. pvw10

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    Howdy campers.

    Seems so daft to me that when plugging into mains it doesnt charge the engine battery, before i get my tame spark round anybody found a sound and simple way to do this ?
     
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    or simply buy a 3 way charger from aldi (£12) and remember to plug it in ::bigsmile:
    terry
     
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    bought tirckle charger from halfords [forgot price] never suffered flat battery since bought it 3 yrs ago now also have one fitted to spare 120amp battery for wife,s nippy machine, plug in mains or genny, red licht shows when discharging green when charged / simple he:Doh:
     
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    not cheap but reliable and fit & forget.

    http://www.vanbitz.com/product/battery-master/

    cheapest option is a length of wire capable of 25amps and a couple of fuses.

    run the wire between pos terminal of leisure and engine batteries with the 25a fuse in an accessible position close to one battery....fit the second fuse at the other battery.

    leisure battery must also be earthed to the chassis though or it wont work...unless you run a separate earth wire between batteries as well.

    BEFORE starting the engine you MUST pull ONE of the fuses or they will both blow
     
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    Or you could fit a switch to save fiddling about pulling the fuse, which are difficult to grip (or have I just got fat fingers)
     
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    I like the Vanbitz hobby, i will explore further thanks
     
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    agreed, but it would need to be able to carry the max current the fuse is set for.
     
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    PappaJohn's suggestion with a £12 split charge relay fitted in the middle is what I use to keep my cab battery topped up from the leisure battery. Works on solar and mains.

    My relay is set to prioritise the leisure battery and stops the cab battery from draining it.
     
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    if you know where the split charge relay is and its accesable you can just link across that with a fused link or fuse and switch if its more remote might be easier than linking batteries
    actually the best would be a trip which would blow if you try and start the van that can be reset much like most house fuses now
     
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    In my van I can charge either battery from the ehu via a switch on the distribution box.

    I can also trickle charge the engine battery via the habitation battery using a battery to battery (b2b) box.
     
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    Thats the way it should be, all makers note.
     
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    when my leisure batteries are charged it auto switches to charge vehicle battery or i can switch manually via 12v control panel.
     
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    Thanks for this tip, for peace of mind plus the superb help of the seller i bought one and will fit it very soon.
     
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    cant go far wrong with a battery master....simple operation and a fit & forget item
     
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    Well fella cheers, he she is installed and working, soooooper item (pls note this is BEFORE i tidied up).
     

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    No, No, No!

    Before anyone else gets confused, a Sterling Battery to Battery charger is NOT designed for maintaining your starter battery when on EHU!

    It is an adavanced alternative for charging your habitation (leisure) battery whilst your engine is running!:thumb:
     
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    On the factory fit charger yes, i am talking about the little gadget.
     
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    A Sterling chager could be used, but it is not the intended purpose of the device.

    If you wanted to spend £350 for one rather than a £60 Vanbitz battery master, then feel free. You'll be wasting the capabilities of the Sterling unit which are better charging of your leisure battery, reduced charging times, reduced engine run times and dispensing with the need to carry a genny.
     
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