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Offline a1billk

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Battery charger?
« on: June 26, 2019, 05:52 PM »
HI, remodeling 89 elandan.


while working in the refrigerator area, removed rotten fridge bay floor.
found a motorcycle battery charger hard wired to the power panel.
 this confused me as the converter label states 3 amp battery charger built in.
question,can i remove the motorcycle battery charger?
Bil

Offline Rickf1985

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Re: Battery charger?
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2019, 07:19 PM »
That is an el-cheapo charger that will charge 1 amp all the time whether it is needed or not so therefor it will cook the batteries after they are fully charged. So yes, I would get it out of there. I am a little confused about the 3 amp charger on the converter though. What kind of converter do you have?

Offline wae

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Re: Battery charger?
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2019, 06:58 AM »
Follow up question...  why is it set to 6 volts?

Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: Battery charger?
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2019, 07:03 AM »
HI, remodeling 89 elandan.


while working in the refrigerator area, removed rotten fridge bay floor.
found a motorcycle battery charger hard wired to the power panel.
 this confused me as the converter label states 3 amp battery charger built in.
question,can i remove the motorcycle battery charger?
Bil

Did you mean 30 amp built in, and not 3?  I've never heard of any RV converters rated that low.

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 98 Cherokee lifted beastie tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

Offline Rickf1985

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Re: Battery charger?
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2019, 10:12 AM »
Good catch on the 6 volt. Might want to track the wiring from the charger and see what it goes to. They may have added a 6 volt accessory in there but I have no idea what that could be.

Offline 007

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Re: Battery charger?
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2019, 02:45 PM »
bypassing the thermocouple on the fridge when running on gas to keep the pilot light lit???

Offline TerryH

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Re: Battery charger?
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2019, 03:02 PM »
bypassing the thermocouple on the fridge when running on gas to keep the pilot light lit???

But, if it is as stated "hard wired to the power panel", would it not work only when plugged into shore power?


















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Offline 007

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Re: Battery charger?
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2019, 03:45 PM »
lol true D:oH!

Offline Rickf1985

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Re: Battery charger?
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2019, 06:48 PM »
bypassing the thermocouple on the fridge when running on gas to keep the pilot light lit???
And bypassing any safety device, especially one on a unit with a flame in it, would be a bad idea. If the thermocouple is bypassed and the flame is blown out then as the fridge warms up it calls for full burn to cool the fridge down and there will be nothing to stop the flow of propane.

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Re: Battery charger?
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2019, 08:07 PM »
I totally agree rick, would I do it on my rv mabey, but not as a long term fix. it was just a thought that popped into my brain... old school I guess, make it work today fix it right tomorrow hopefully . just thought I'd throw it out there, bottom line .... don;t do what I might do W% W%, i always read all posts knowledge is power!! :)ThmbUp

Offline a1billk

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Re: Battery charger?
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2019, 09:38 PM »
wow thanks for the responses. I removed it. \
I don't know how to respond to each post yet so i answer best i can here.
the charger had its original plug cut off and was wired to the 120 circuit breaker. the 12volt side was connected to the 12v battery side of the power panel.
 the house converter says its a 45 amp with built in 3 amp battery charger. I wish it had 30 amp.


 this winnie has an extension cord which you plug into the generator outlet for house power or you unplug the extension cord from the generator and plug it into shore power.
 the fridge didnt have anything unusual connected to it.
 the charger was set to 12v . i must have moved the switch.
thanks again.
bill
 

 

 

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