Van Battery dillema

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Sam, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Sam

    Sam

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    Hello,

    Need some advice!

    While camping last weekend, I played music through the car stereo for several hours. As I was on electric hook up it did not occur to me to check the voltage on the batteries as I assumed they were on charge through the hook up

    Problem is, I now realise, ONLY the leisure battery is charged when on hook up. The stereo is connected to the car battery.

    So the car battery was dead in the morning:Doh:

    I am thinking of two options:
    1. Connect the stereo to the fuse box next to the leisure battery (should be able to do this myself)
    2. Connect the car battery to the charger as well.

    I think the second option is better, but do not feel confident I can do this myself.

    What do you think is best?

    Many Thanks in advance!
     
  2. St.Cyr

    St.Cyr

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    Ours is wired to the leisure batteries which are charged by a solar panel. No problems & dead easy to do. :thumb:
     
  3. DESCO

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    Hi Sam

    Either would do, but if you can wire the car battery to the charger you will be able to make sure both batteries are kept charged through the winter months when not in use, if you plug in occasionally, a much simpler exercise.



    Dave:thumb::thumb:
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2009
  4. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    hi sam,

    connecting your engine battery to the charger can cause other problems.

    for example.....you flatten the leisure battery you also flatten the engine battery so you really are stuck without power.

    the best way forward is a Battery master.

    this is a little electronic gadget that diverts power from the leisure battery to the engine battery automaticly when the engine battery drops .5 of a volt below the leisure battery while on hookup.

    The link cant be shown here (blocked)so type BATTERY MASTER in to your search engine.
     
  5. meggie

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    hi,i put in a second stereo conneot to the 12v leisure:thumb:
     

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