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Old 10-24-2015, 04:15 PM   #15
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When you are connected to shore power, the red light stays on whether you are in Use or Store, as strange and unintuitive as that may sound. Best, Joe
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:29 PM   #16
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Very simple, when connected to shore power the red light never goes out, however switch still functions correctly, if you push store, hear the switch operate you're disconnected, push use, here the switch your batteries are connected. When NOT plugged into SP the red light goes off when you push store. This is just another way AS engineers have of driving you crazy!
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:36 PM   #17
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Well, this is good to know and is certainly not what I would expect.

I guess this begs another question. If on shore power and pressing the AS gauge button to determine 'battery voltage', am I seeing the actual battery voltage (always shows 13.5) or the voltage being produced at that moment by the charger/converter?

I already know from experience when not on shore power, the AS gauge does show the actual battery voltage.

Thanks all for your consult. I am feeling much more at ease now as to best ways to maintain my batteries when on extended shore power.
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:46 PM   #18
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When on shore power the 13.5v reading you see is the voltage being put out by the converter/charger. It is not indicative of the charge of your battery.
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I could be wrong, but my understanding is that when the red light is on and you are connected to shore power, you are in the 'use' mode which enables charging of the batteries. When the red light is off and you're disconnected from shore power, the system is in 'store' mode which in general, prevents anything from draining the batteries. If the red light is on while disconnected from shore power, you're in boondocking mode, meaning your batteries are used to power anything you turn on that works, making them subject to depletion.
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Thanks all!

During just a few short hours you have contributed to my knowledge and satisfied my hunt for how to protect my house batteries during extended shore power use.

I am thankful and once again recognize the value of our 'Forums' which eventually lead to answers for almost any AS subject except perhaps tow vehicles and tires.
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:52 PM   #21
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Batteries

I have a 2008 Safari Sport 17 and I have left it plug in when I'm not on the road up to a year. I've had no problem with the batteries. Just check the water now and them.
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:55 PM   #22
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All the red light says is that you have 12volt power in the AS to run your 12volt stuff really. It does not clearly indicate if the batteries are actually turned on. Dumb design. IMHO.

I plan to log into it, and possibly add another LED across the main relay coil to let me know its closed, which means batteries are co be red to the 12 volt buss. Just need to take it apart and trace wires. Someday 😄


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Co be red autocorrect from 'connected'. Sheesh!


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The use/store button will stay illuminated when on shore power, however that does not necessarily mean that your batteries are being charged. If you press the button to the use position and hear an audible click it means you are charging the batteries, and vice versa if you press store, you are not charging the batteries, instead the converter is feeding the rig the required dc power. The use/store button is an easily confused component... ask me how I know. :-)
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Well, this is good to know and is certainly not what I would expect.

I guess this begs another question. If on shore power and pressing the AS gauge button to determine 'battery voltage', am I seeing the actual battery voltage (always shows 13.5) or the voltage being produced at that moment by the charger/converter?

I already know from experience when not on shore power, the AS gauge does show the actual battery voltage.

Thanks all for your consult. I am feeling much more at ease now as to best ways to maintain my batteries when on extended shore power.


Just remember, when on shore power and in store position you batteries are not charging, so it's wise to switch to "use" every couple weeks to bring them back to full charge.
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My batteries usually last 6-7 years with out any problems using the stock converter , just check your water level every 4-6 months...what airstream originally installed works fine for me....
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We have the original (early 2012 model) converter/charger and AGM batteries with factory solar. Always isolate the batteries with the Battery Disconnect Switch when on shore power and let the solar charge them, or the truck when on the road. Boondocking for several days right now in Mew Mexico and the batteries are fine.

Tip: If camping with hookups and isolating batteries in STORE position, don't forget to put the Battery Disconnect Switch in USE position when hitting the road or your fridge will not be working on propane.
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So no shore power, press the button, hear the switch, the red light goes out.
Shore power connected, press the button, hear the switch, the red light stays on. What to make of this? Am I disconnected? Is there a way to find out?
Comments please and thank you again!
That's normal. See: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f37/...ch-136119.html
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