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RE: C12 starting batteries

Thanks so the CAT help line, so I called it, they were not able to give a CCA for my engine, so I called the local CAT dealership and asked them, they said they didn't have that data and that if it was listed anywhere it should be in the Chassis manual. He did mention that it could be the starter and asked if I had done a draw test on it. So I guess first thing I need to do is check the batteries and go from there.
Beaver Thunder 02/19/20 10:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: C12 starting batteries

A little back ground on the coach. We have owned it less than a year. It has never started cold without the Boost switch. When we bought the coach, it had recently had the inverter replaced, the prior owner said that after that, the chassis batteries would no longer stay charged. So after I got it home and doing some investigation I found that the combiner (magnum ME-SBC) wasn't wired correctly, so after correcting that issue, the chassis batteries are now being charged and maintained. My next step was to take the batteries down to get tested, I figured they were probably bad due to lack of charging (about a year), well they told me that they were fine. I've looked thru the Magnum chassis manual, CAT manual and owner manual and have not found any reference to the CCA required for this engine. Is there any other place I should look? I'm not confident that the batteries are fine either, could be one bad cell but I'm not convinced they are bad either. The batteries are only 2 years old. Anyways, long story. Thanks for the input.
Beaver Thunder 02/18/20 06:45pm Class A Motorhomes
C12 starting batteries

Was wondering if anyone on here has a C12 and what do they have for chassis batteries to start that motor. I have two Interstate batteries (model 31-MHD with 950 CCA and 1190 CA), with the batteries fully charged, I’m unable to start the engine cold without using the emergency switch. Best I can tell the starter is direct drive and the batteries are good (I have taken the batteries to the Interstate store and they have checked the batteries and say they are in perfect working order). I’m wondering if I have undersized batteries, curious what other C12 owners have set up for battery capacity.
Beaver Thunder 02/18/20 10:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Maintenance

My understanding (math), the 2 20Ah 6V in series would make a 12V, 40Ah bank and then when connected in parallel to the same would make a 12V 80Ah bank. The chassis batteries, which have approximately a 160Ah, so do I set the inverter charger battery capacity at 80ah or the combine total of 240AH. NO. First, I would be surprised if any 6 VDC batteries were only 20 Ah. Check them again. But when wired in series 2 20 Ah @ 6 VDC batteries= 1 20 Ah @ 12 VDC battery. Wire that in parallel with another pair= total battery bank of 40 Ah @ 12 VDC Yes, your correct, the battery website chart is confusing and I misread it. There's only the model number listed on the batteries. They are Deka, GC10, there's two columns, a 20ah and 5ah, 20ah had 215 listed and 5ah has 157ah listed?
Beaver Thunder 07/12/19 08:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Maintenance

The Xantrex Freedom is a programmable charger If it is set properly (The default should be proper for your batteries) it will do a very good job. Monthly addition of water (Depends on how much) is Well you should check em monthly but Mine went 4 years before I needed to add. Progressive Dynamics 9180+ wizard. But if you only need to add a cup or you are in about the same use rate. So I checked the charger settings and I noticed that the Battery Capacity is set at the default of 250AH. Do I need to add the house batteries and the chassis batteries even though the Xantrex is only hooked up to the house batteries, the chassis batteries are connected via the magnum combiner? My understanding (math), the 2 20Ah 6V in series would make a 12V, 40Ah bank and then when connected in parallel to the same would make a 12V 80Ah bank. The chassis batteries, which have approximately a 160Ah, so do I set the inverter charger battery capacity at 80ah or the combine total of 240AH.
Beaver Thunder 07/11/19 07:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Maintenance

That's great news! Now adjust the voltage set points for float down, if possible. If you plan to boondock or want the best life span from the batteries add a modest solar charging system. Your batteries will thank you. The Xantrex does have a temp sensor that has been installed correctly. There's no adjustment in the inverter that I saw in the manual but there is in the magnum combiner, I have no idea what to set it at, any ideas? The coach does have a solar panel and best I can tell it charges but honestly haven't played with it yet (I store under a carport). Thanks for your help.
Beaver Thunder 07/11/19 03:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Maintenance

The Xantrex does have a temp sensor that has been installed correctly.
Beaver Thunder 07/11/19 11:15am Class A Motorhomes
Battery Maintenance

We recently bought our first coach and need advice on maintaining the batteries. Before I ask my questions, here is some history on the coach. When we fist bought it, the chassis batteries weren't being charged via the inverter. The previous owner recently had installed all new batteries and a new Xantrex freedom sw 2012 inverter/converter. He installed a battery fill system on the 4 6 volt batteries via a set of hoses and hand pump. He told me that he had to fill the batteries once a month with distilled water. After looking it over I determined that the Magnum smart battery combiner was installed incorrectly, after correcting it, the inverter is now charging both chassis and house batteries. So now that everything appears to be in working order I need to understand the best way to maintain the batteries when I'm not using the coach. Is the Xantrex a good battery maintainer or should I be looking into adding a separate battery maintainer? With the inverter in charge mode, coach plugged, batteries are at 13.57 volts. How often should I need to added distilled water to those batteries? The rig is a: 2001 Beaver Patriot Thunder with 2 group 31 chassis batteries and 4 6 volt house batteries. Any tips, advice will be appreciated. Sorry for the long post, thought the info would be relative. Thank you, Kevin
Beaver Thunder 07/10/19 06:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2001 Beaver Patriot Thunder fresh water tank overflow

Well figured it out, yes indeed its is the overflow. I was wrong on the cap being on it, darn old eyes, I had the wife look up there and she noted it wasn't a cap but a dirty screen. So I went ahead and filled the tank until it overflowed and sure enough, the water flowed out like it should. So learned another thing about the coach, that's for all the replies.
Beaver Thunder 06/15/19 05:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2001 Beaver Patriot Thunder fresh water tank overflow

Water dripping from a tube up in front of the generator seems like a very odd place for an overflow tube. The DP's I have looked at all have the water tank somewhere in the middle of the coach. Where is your fresh water tank located? Water tank is in the middle of coach, the generator is also in the middle of coach. Not sure when Monaco changed the Beaver to put the generator into the front of the coach.
Beaver Thunder 06/14/19 12:04pm Class A Motorhomes
2001 Beaver Patriot Thunder fresh water tank overflow

Just recently bought a 2001 Beaver Patriot and have a question regarding the fresh water tank overflow. I wasn't able to readily find the tanks overflow pipe, so I was reluctant to top off the tank until I found the overflow pipe, (prefer to error in caution) so I added enough water for a trip. When I pulled out I noticed that I was leaking some water from an area up in front of the generator. Looking up were the water was coming from, I see a bunch a sealant applied to some kind of cap that has been placed on pipe. Being I hadn't noticed any leaks before I filled the tank, I suspect that this may be the overflow pipe and someone may have mistaken it as a problem. Was hoping maybe someone on here has the same coach and could help me ID the location of the overflow pipe.
Beaver Thunder 06/14/19 07:07am Class A Motorhomes
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