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Old 09-13-2016, 01:38 PM   #1
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Question - what is the best way to connect a security system for power? We are installing the Viper security system following many of Protag's suggestions. We have the chassis "starter" battery in our AI, but no auxiliary under the hood battery. And, we of course also have the house batteries. Given what I've read about potential draining of the starter battery when placed in storage due to slow power draws, is it better to connect the security system to the house battery since solar will be providing some power to those batteries.
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On my 2011, the solar charged both the house and chassis batteries. YMMV
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:14 PM   #3
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On my 2011, the solar charged both the house and chassis batteries. YMMV
Same as my '17, BUT (and it's a big BUT), charging of the chassis battery only begins after the house batteries have been sufficiently charged, so it's a serial process, not a parallel one. What that means is if the house batteries are really low and the solar never gets them to the "magic level" needed to switch over to start working on the chassis battery, then the chassis battery won't get charged.....
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That's exactly what I experienced last winter. The solar output in really crappy days....lots of them in the mountains in winter....did not keep coach batteries up to a switchover point. I found my chassis battery very low.....
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Some of the newer Interstates have an Aux battery, why not add one and one of those small dash mount solar panels to keep it charged?
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That's exactly what I experienced last winter. The solar output in really crappy days....lots of them in the mountains in winter....did not keep coach batteries up to a switchover point. I found my chassis battery very low.....
At the risk of getting a bit too much thread drift, that's exactly why I brought up the subject in my "crazy idea" thread. Some of the good folks here seemed to think that adding a dedicated solar panel for the sole purpose of keeping the chassis battery charged wasn't necessary, but the more I watch my coach's parasitic draws siphon the juice from my house batteries, the more I think I'm going to need to address this (in the other thread of course.... ).

Back to the OP's conundrum, if you have shore power while in storage, it really doesn't matter what battery bank you connect your alarm to. If you don't have shore power, and your rig is stored outside, then shark's idea of a standalone aux battery tended to by a dedicated in-window solar panel may be a solution. You'll need to do some math to figure out battery size based on alarm draw and also size your solar panel appropriately, taking into consideration days of sun at your rig's locale, etc.
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