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#1 huffypuff

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:56 AM

Recently went to check the condition of the batteries and found the starting batteries almost dead.  I found that there is a digital echo charger made by Xantrex that quit working.  Unfortunately if it get a little damp it will fail and is not repairable.  It supposed to have a solid green LED light lit when charging, flashing means a fault exists and no LED means it is fried.  I have another one coming and it will be here Friday.  

 

I like to spray the batteries once a year with cleaner and hose off then coat the terminals with sealer so I may of caused it to a certain extent.  Other cause is the batteries are in a area where salt spray can get to it and corrode it.  I'm going to see if I can relocate it near the inverter where it stays dryer and has a fan and filters to keep it clean and cooler.  I will keep you posted what I do.  


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:57 AM

Yes, locate it in a clean, dry area.  Actually, anywhere that both chassis and house banks have connections close to each other. 


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#3 huffypuff

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 10:31 PM

The battery and inverter compartments is right next to each other with the echo charge on the wall next to the inverter compartment.  There is less than a one inch space between the compartments with the battery wall metal and the wall near the inverter plastic fiber tub material.  I can drill a one inch hole through the two walls and used  grommets on the edges to prevent shorts.  I should have enough wires to pull through to the dry inverter compartment and caulk to seal the holes.

 

That should put the echo charge in a cooler, clean, dry environment.  The inverter compartment has a inlet vent that I added a filter to it such as used on a window A/C and a filtered exhaust fan that automatically kicks on if temperature gets high.   I wanted to post pictures but it ask me for a url not the file.  


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Posted 30 May 2014 - 10:31 PM

I got the replacement echo charger this afternoon and replaced it tonight.  I moved it to the inverter compartment by drilling a 1 inch hole through both compartment walls.  One of original wire was short but the new wire for the chassis battery is longer so I swapped it out at the inline fuse.  I protected the wires going through the walls with rubber grommets and sealed the inverter compartment with ribbon sealer.  

 

I have 13.5 volts going to the house batteries and 13.1 volts going to the chassis batteries so I think it's good.  I wonder why Monaco didn't put this in a dryer location in the first place?

 

This is a good upgrade for those that the chassis batteries don't charge when on shore power.  There is only three wires to hook it up and easy instruction.  


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2006 Jeep Liberty Limited CRD used as toad

2012 Cadillac SRX4

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2009 7,000 lbs Carhauler Trailer






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