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desertratt1

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Posted: 12/06/21 01:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just curious why my house battery would not charge while driving. I have 2001 Dodge Cummins. Anyone know anything about this and is there a way to have it charging. I just assumed it would charge thru the 7 pin. Also we had check light on our frig i ordered a new dinosaur board put it in didnt change a thing. Would only give check light while driving down the road we constantly have to recent frig would be fine than do it again.

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Can't offer about your Dodge, but on my GM I had to put a fuse in to a spot where there was a blank filler pin in order to get +12V at my 7 pin.

Perhaps yours has the same thing. Mines a 2007


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ok i had no clue about that i will take a look.

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It may be best to add a dc to DC charger.


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1. Have you Confirmed it's not charging at all? (IE Have you checked that you have 12V at the trailer plug?) Dodges don't need an extra fuse.
2. Confirm that current is getting to the battery?

-There is a high likelihood that it IS charging, but your vehicle 12V hot pin is not capable of carrying high amps.
- When your battery gets low, the fridge shuts off, whether on LP or DC.
How quickly depends on which mode you're running. LP only draws a few amps, DC mode = maybe 4hours out of 1 fully charged typ 12V battery, tops.


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You're not going to get much charging through the factory 7 pin plug. The wire from the alternator to the 7 pin plug is too small.


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srschang wrote:

You're not going to get much charging through the factory 7 pin plug. The wire from the alternator to the 7 pin plug is too small.

Right -- need a dedicated high capacity wire from an engine charge point to the camper battery(s), protected with fuses, and solenoid (or equiv) activated.
My simple circuit .


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pianotuna wrote:

It may be best to add a DC to DC charger.


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Buy a test light or voltmeter and check the charge line at the plug. Once it is charging you may need to use larger wire for faster charging.


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cewillis wrote:

srschang wrote:

You're not going to get much charging through the factory 7 pin plug. The wire from the alternator to the 7 pin plug is too small.

Right -- need a dedicated high capacity wire from an engine charge point to the camper battery(s), protected with fuses, and solenoid (or equiv) activated.
My simple circuit .

Much simpler and probably more effective is a DC-DC charger.

Modern vehicles vehicles drop the voltage from the alternator to <13.5V shortly after starting. This has is not adequate to charge a house battery. The DC-DC charger boosts that up to the proper charging voltage.

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