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2001 LXi Battery Failure
06-28-2019, 23:30 (This post was last modified: 06-28-2019 23:36 by Urnie-Medie.)
Post: #11
RE: 2001 LXi Battery Failure
Hi

I am almost ashamed to ask this - I thought the inverter was also the charger? Is that correct? If the charger is a different unit where is it located.

It looks like the "Green" inverters are in great shape and all the right lights seem to be on.

Is there a simple way to make sure they are working correctly.

Thanks

Urnie








Thank

Urnie

Hi

It is late and maybe I should wait until tomorrow to reply. I thought the inverter was also the charger - am I correct?
The two "green" inverters look to be in good condition.

Is thee an easy way to check these out?

Thanks

Urnie

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06-29-2019, 08:47
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RE: 2001 LXi Battery Failure
Hey Urnie,
Your inverter could be your charger. I have a separate charger and an inverter, but I have never used the inverter as a charger. The newer coaches may be set up differently. Need one of the other guys familiar with your year of coach set up to advise on this.
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07-01-2019, 15:41
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RE: 2001 LXi Battery Failure
Urnie,

Yes, your inverter case should also house your charger. You should have 3000W inverters with internal 140A chargers. If it's been changed by a previous owner, it may be different. But I'd expect most owners to either replace exactly or upgrade, so you should have at least the 3000/140 units. I don't think I've ever heard of somebody removing a combination unit and installing separate ones. I've heard of folks turning off something and adding in a substitute, but that should be fairly obvious that had been done.

The only way to check them is with a volt meter and some time. As I said earlier, I just happened to be working on my rig when I caught the one charger overcharging. I turned that one off and just used the other. Since I rarely boondock, having only 1 charger never caused me any issues. We're pretty frugal when using electric, so it really doesn't take that long to replenish the batteries with the generator and even less time with the engine. Worse, since we're usually traveling in the heat, the genny is running to power the AC's, so it's no issue for the charger.

So to answer your question, make a point of always looking at the coach/house gauges whenever you're near your rig. I can't say I watch mine like a hawk, but I do routinely check them and listen to the various sounds the rig makes.

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07-01-2019, 15:41
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RE: 2001 LXi Battery Failure
Urnie,

Yes, your inverter case should also house your charger. You should have 3000W inverters with internal 140A chargers. If it's been changed by a previous owner, it may be different. But I'd expect most owners to either replace exactly or upgrade, so you should have at least the 3000/140 units. I don't think I've ever heard of somebody removing a combination unit and installing separate ones. I've heard of folks turning off something and adding in a substitute, but that should be fairly obvious that had been done.

The only way to check them is with a volt meter and some time. As I said earlier, I just happened to be working on my rig when I caught the one charger overcharging. I turned that one off and just used the other. Since I rarely boondock, having only 1 charger never caused me any issues. We're pretty frugal when using electric, so it really doesn't take that long to replenish the batteries with the generator and even less time with the engine. Worse, since we're usually traveling in the heat, the genny is running to power the AC's, so it's no issue for the charger.

So to answer your question, make a point of always looking at the coach/house gauges whenever you're near your rig. I can't say I watch mine like a hawk, but I do routinely check them and listen to the various sounds the rig makes.

John Mace
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