Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
 
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-11-2021, 03:44 PM   #1
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Texas
Posts: 47
Default House battery, Roadtrek 190 Popular 2008

My question is, does the battery on/off switch in the van have to be ON while you're driving for the battery to charge or does it matter?
Thanks
__________________

organize4u is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2021, 04:41 PM   #2
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: FL
Posts: 175
Default

The precise answer depends on how your particular van is wired, but a safe general answer would be, "yes."
__________________

Rocinante is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2021, 06:24 PM   #3
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 10,011
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by organize4u View Post
My question is, does the battery on/off switch in the van have to be ON while you're driving for the battery to charge or does it matter?
Thanks

Unless the wiring or charger has been changed from stock it shouldn't matter.


To tell for sure run down you batteries a couple of lights on the status panel and then with the switch off start the engine. All the lights should light then although you may have to rev the engine a little sometimes.
booster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2021, 06:34 PM   #4
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Texas
Posts: 47
Default

Thanks everyone. To my knowledge nothing has been changed.

Marie
organize4u is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2021, 06:50 PM   #5
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: PHX, AZ
Posts: 1,921
Default

to know for sure ( and assuming no solar):




apply voltmeter to house battery


start van motor with battery switch to "Off"


meter power



turn switch to " On"


meter power


if the 1st and 2nd readings are almost identical then the switch has an effect


if the 2nd and 3rd readings are almost identical then the switch has no effect on charging



mike
mkguitar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2021, 10:43 PM   #6
Bud
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: LA
Posts: 1,352
Default

Or just start the engine with battery switch off and Look at the reading.
Bud is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Today, 12:11 AM   #7
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Florida
Posts: 21
Default

On my 2009 Roadtrek RS it does not matter which position the battery switch is in. The house batteries will always charge. The battery switch controls if power is going to the fuse panel from the batteries. The house batteries are connected to the chassis battery through the separator relay anytime the engine is running. Take a look at the following electrical simulator.
http://www.metrotrekkers.org/utility/electrical.htm
__________________

__________________
TaxWonk
2009 Roadtrek RS Adventurous
TaxWonk is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 07:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×