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Old 07-08-2014, 05:15 PM   #1
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Question Using a smart charger while converter is back ordered

Our converter on our 2013 Greyhawk went out. According to the dealer this part is back ordered 6 weeks. In the interim he recommends using a smart charger to keep the coach battery charged. I'm a total RV rookie. Has anyone else ever had to do this before and was it successful? Was it hard to hook up?
Thanks for any suggestions!!! (By the way I haven't tried it yet but I bought a Schumacher XC85-CA.)
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Old 07-08-2014, 05:27 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! It would be no different than if the converter on my trailer died and I hooked up a smart or a stupid charger to the trailer battery. I do this all the time when I'm not camping. I have a small 2 amp charger that I hook up to the trailer battery so that I don't have to keep the shore power cord plugged in all the time.

Most chargers have alligator clamps that you simply clip onto the battery posts.
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Old 07-08-2014, 05:55 PM   #3
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My smart chargers are all smarter than me, and, they all work, better than me.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:30 PM   #4
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Many of us have a portable battery charger for the garage.

Available in lots of auto parts stores. Various sizes and $.

If you dont have one, it's worth the investment
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:46 PM   #5
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I assume you are still under warranty. If it was me I would be on the phone with JAYCO because I'm sure it can be gotten from another source a heck of a lot faster.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:36 PM   #6
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My PLAN B backup charger is a Black-N-Decker VEC1093DBD 40AMP Portable SMART MODE Battery Charger.

It works great temporarily replacing my PD9260C 60AMP Converter/charger unit.

The 40AMP VEC1093DBD portable can be operated from my 2KW Generator and will re-charge two of my deep cycle batteries that have been discharged to around 12.0VDC (appx 50% Charge State) to their 90% charge state in as quick as three hours time using smart mode charging technology.

It can also run my 12VDC requirements of my OFF-ROAD POPUP up to 40AMPS when connected to SHORE POWER as well as keeping my whole battery bank re-charged in the event the PD9260C unit has failed...

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I like to top off my batteries before we dry camp with a smart charger, that way I know we are fully charged and not relying on the converters cycle. Also a good one will condition your battery- blah blah maybe I made that up, but makes me feel smart
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:16 AM   #8
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The dealer who told us the part was back ordered, and I have no reason to doubt him, said he also tried to get it from another source but got the same answer. So...I guess this weekend we are going to try this so-called smart charger and hope it does the trick. I appreciate all of your responses. Wish me luck.
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